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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

Day 1 - Depart the UK

Days 2 & 3 - Santiago

Day 4 - Santiago – Puerto Montt – Hornopiren

Day 5 - Hornopiren – Caleta Gonzalo

Day 6 - Caleta Gonzalo and Pumalín Park 

Day 7 - Caleta Gonzalo – Risopatrón Lake – El Pangue

Day 8 - El Pangue – Queulat National Park – Coyhaique

Day 9 - Coyhaique – Puerto Río Tranquilo

Day 10 - Puerto Río Tranquilo

Day 11 - Puerto Río Tranquilo – Caleta Tortel

Day 12 - Caleta Tortel – General Carrera Lake

Day 13 - General Carrera Lake

Day 14 - General Carrera Lake - Coyhaique

Day 15 - Coyhaique - Balmaceda – Santiago

Day 16 - Depart Santiago

Day 17 - Arrive back in the UK

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 £4,799 per person

(2024 departures, based on 2 people sharing a room)


  • International flights

  • 14 nights’ accommodation

  • 14 meals: 14 breakfasts

  • 11 days car hire with unlimited mileage

  • Full insurance cover

  • Road map and directions

  • A one-way car drop-off fee

  • Ferry tickets

  • Transfers and domestic flights as per itinerary


  • 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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Why book with Latin Routes?

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

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