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Carretera Austral – The Ultimate Adventure

A self-drive in 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

Day 1 Depart the UK
Day 2 Arrive in 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
Day 13 General Carrera Lake – Balmaceda
Day 14 Depart Chile
Day 15 Arrive back in the UK


✔ International and domestic flights in economy
✔ 12 nights accommodation, including breakfast.
✔ 11 days of car rental with unlimited free mileage (4x4).
✔ Local taxes
✔ Full CDW (Collision Damage Waiver) coverage
✔ Self-drive brochure
✔ Roadmap and descriptions
✔ Ferry Tickets, Hornopiren to Caleta Gonzalo
✔ A Water-to-Go reusable filter bottle per person

Not included:
Chile car rental companies charge an additional airport service fee when a vehicle is picked up or dropped off at an airport. This service charge is not included in the published rates, and this extra fee will need to be paid upon returning the car.

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  • 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

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  • 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
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