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Patagonia self-drive tours give you the freedom to go at your own pace, exploring the long empty roads and stunning scenery by car, 4wd or jeep.
There are plenty of choices for activities along the way and a variety of accommodation to choose from.
Drive the Carretera Austral for vast ice-covered mountain ranges, fast-flowing rivers, dramatic lakes and waterfalls. Drive from Puerto Montt south crossing fjords on small ferries, overnight at local guesthouses.
Alternatively, fly to Balmaceda airport. Pick up the 4 by 4 or jeep in Balmaceda or Coiyhaique and head south towards Villa O’Higgins. This long winding, beautifully quiet road leads you smoothly from one breathtaking highlight to another.
Stop off and enjoy walking in the parks en route – Patagonia park, Pumalin, Cerro Castillo, there are 17 parks on this innovative Ruta de los Parques.
A self-drive road trip through this amazing wilderness area is undoubtedly a memorable experience. Everybody you meet gives a warm Chilean welcome. The pace of life is slow and there is always time for a chat.
We organise a winter self-drive programme, in Torres del Paine. We will set up the car hire and accommodation and arrange to add on activities, guided walks, boat trips and so on. This adventure allows you to see this busy national park, the jewel in Chile’s crown, in its quietest season.
If you like the idea of travelling Patagonia by car we can arrange accommodation to suit for all overnight stops along the way. Choose between lodges, eco-camps, glamping yurts, hotels, guesthouses, bed and breakfast, campsites – to suit all budgets.
Patagonia self-drive tours offer the flexibility to visit amazing parts of this wonderful land at a pace to suit you.
We had a number of highlights: seeing pumas in Torres del Paine- the pumas were a bit of a distance away and had their backs to us for most of the sighting!
Overall, the whole trip was extremely well-organised and delivered.
V. Brown, Winter in Paine
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Dates: From April 2020 to December 2020
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The organisation and the food were excellent – easily the best I have had on a trek. The food was both good to eat and plentiful. The cook at the second camp was particularly good and his baked salmon dish was the best meal of the trip – better than anything the restaurants produced.
Difficult to pick out one particular highlight as we had amazing views of Fitzroy, Paine, and Ushuaia. The whole trip was wonderful, but if there has to be one particular highlight, I would probably select the morning spent on the Beagle Channel.
A. Horrocks, UK, 2014
» Patagonia Highlights Trekking Trip
Our trip was really wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute and I can honestly say that there weren't any low points.
But, there were many highlights. Camp Poincenot in the woods in the snow was chilly but fun. Amazing views of Fitzroy. Our tour leader Flor was excellent as was Fernando, one of the mountain guides. The wildlife was memorable, guanacos and rhias and then later the penguin colony and elephant seals. El Pedral was magical. The food was superb and we loved it's isolated setting.
Everything was well organised. The group had just 7 people which worked well.
All the accommodation was generally very good. The camps were really good fun, good fun and really warm sleeping bags.
We took trade to local restaurants and bought the odd souvenir etc. We tried to be sensitive to environment and keep impact low.
I would recommend the tour to anyone fit enough for the treks. The uphills were longer and steeper than expected but enjoyable.
Thank you for organising the holiday for us.
A. McGregor, UK, 2016
» Patagonia Highlights Trekking Trip
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