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Carretera Austral – The Ultimate Adventure

A self-drive on the Carretera Austral is the ultimate road trip. This is a truly unique adventure in one of the world’s last wildernesses.

You’ll start your trip in Santiago, Chile's bustling and vibrant capital, before heading south to Puerto Montt. You’ll then pick up your car to enjoy a drive along part of the iconic Carretera Austral – Chile’s Southern Highway. You'll marvel at majestic mountain ranges and incredible wildlife, all at your own pace so you can stop as often as you like to contemplate the truly outstanding and picturesque scenery.


  • Explore the fascinating landscapes of Patagonia from the iconic Carretera Austral
  • Start your driving adventure in Puerto Montt – a port city surrounded by majestic volcanoes, infinite mountain ranges and glacial lakes 
  • Visit the spectacular scenery and incredible wildlife of Queulat & Pumalín National Parks 
  • Discover the turquoise blue waters of General Carrera Lake and its vast network of caves, including the famous ‘Chapel’ and ‘Cathedral’ caverns

Quick Itinerary

Days 1 & 2 - Santiago
Day 3 - Santiago – Puerto Montt – Hornopiren
Day 4 - Hornopiren – Caleta Gonzalo
Day 5 - Caleta Gonzalo and Pumalín Park 
Day 6 - Caleta Gonzalo – Risopatrón Lake – El Pangue
Day 7 - El Pangue – Queulat National Park – Coyhaique
Day 8 - Coyhaique – Puerto Río Tranquilo
Day 9 - Puerto Río Tranquilo
Day 10 - Puerto Río Tranquilo – Caleta Tortel
Day 11 - Caleta Tortel – General Carrera Lake
Day 12 - General Carrera Lake - Coyhaique
Day 13 - Balmaceda – Santiago
Day 14 - Transfer to Santiago airport for your onward flight

Truly Individual Holiday

Any element of this holiday can be tailormade to your requirements, including the places you want to see and the things that are important to you. Just contact one of our Travel Specialists today.

Ready to start planning your Chile Holiday? Simply complete our enquiry form to get in touch or call one of our Travel Specialists directly on 020 3820 3655.

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Price from £3,249 per person

(2021 departures, based on 2 people sharing a room)

Add International Flights

International flights to Chile from the UK start from £699 per person

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  • 13 nights’ accommodation

  • 13 meals: 13 breakfasts

  • 11 days car hire with unlimited mileage (4WD)

  • Full insurance cover

  • Road map and directions

  • One-way car drop off fee

  • Ferry tickets

  • Transfers and domestic flights as per itinerary


  • International flights

  • Meals not indicated in your itinerary

  • Local departure taxes payable locally

  • Where applicable locally payable car hire related charges

  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry and drinks etc

  • Tips for guides and drivers (discretionary)

  • Camera or video fees at any sites

  • Fuel

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About Us
  • Our Truly Individual Holidays allow you to choose the destinations, inclusions & budget

  • Our Escorted Small Group Tours offer fantastic itineraries, travelling with like-minded people

  • Winner of 'Best Tour Operator' at the 2019 & 2018 L.A.T.A. Achievement Awards

  • All of our holidays are ATOL protected (11104), for your complete peace of mind


The Travel Industry Awards 2021 - Tour Operator Of The Year - Small Latin American Travel Association Achievement Awards 2019 - Tour Operator Of The Year Latin American Travel Association Achievement Awards 2018 - Tour Operator Of The Year

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Why book with Latin Routes?

  • Tailormake your holiday, including the destinations, inclusions and budget
  • From charming guesthouses to 5* luxury, we have a wide range of accommodation to suit you
  • Our Travel Specialists will help you to create your perfect holiday to Latin America

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  • You will be accompanied throughout by an experienced Latin Routes tour leader
  • Size does matter! This is why we keep our groups' maximum number to 16
  • Make Your Day Individual - Choose from 3 different experiences that are already included in the price

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  • We receive excellent reviews from our clients and have a fantastic score on Trustpilot.
  • All of our holidays are ATOL protected (11104), for your complete peace of mind
  • An assured member of the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO)

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