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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 and drive through the iconic Carretera Austral – the name given to Chile’s Route 7, which runs south to Villa O’Higgins for about 770 miles. You'll marvel at majestic mountain ranges and incredible wildlife roaming freely along the highway, 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 through the iconic Carretera Austral
  • Start your 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 - Balmaceda
Day 13 - Transfer to Santiago for your onward flight

From £2,699 per person

Add international flights to Chile from the UK from £699 per person

Price based on departures in 2020 and 2021, 2 people sharing a room. See price tab for detailed information.

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 £2,699 per person

(2020-21 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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  • 12 nights’ accommodation as detailed

  • Transfers and tours as per itinerary

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

  • Full insurance cover

  • Road map and directions

  • Ferry tickets


  • International flights if not added

  • 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

  • Travel insurance

  • Fuel

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  • 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

  • Our holidays are protected by ATOL and ABTOT, for your complete peace of mind


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.
  • Our holidays are protected by ATOL and ABTOT, for your complete peace of mind
  • An assured member of the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO)

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