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Great Road Trips: Patagonia's Carretera Austral & Ruta 40

Rainforest, basalt peaks and icefields in Chile; vast steppe, turquoise lakes and great canyons in Argentina. Put together, it's a match made in road-trip heaven.

From Chile to Argentina and back into Chile, this private driving holiday links two great highways on either side of the Andes to explore Patagonia at its most unspoilt, beautiful and unvarnished. Throughout the journey you have curated guided experiences and our complete local support and guidance.

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Day 1 - Land in Chile, explore Santiago

Arrive in Santiago this morning to be met and transferred to your hotel downtown. Set off directly to explore the city with your guide before an afternoon to relax.
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Day 2 - Travel into Patagonia's Queulat National Park

Transfer back to the airport to fly south into Patagonia. Collect your 4x4 vehicle and drive to the Queulat National Park, a landscape of steep forested mountains, glaciers, waterfalls and fjords.
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Day 3 - Kayak, or boat, along a fjord

Spend today in sea kayaks as you paddle along the fjord towards an island where you have lunch. With luck, you will spot dolphins. If you prefer going by boat than kayak, that's fine.
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Day 4 - Walk in the Queulat National Park

Spend today walking inside the Queulat National Park to the viewpoint of the Hanging Glacier. This afternoon, seek out one of the newer self-guided hiking trails in the park.
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Day 5 - Cross the frontier into Argentina

Set off early today to travel north along the Carretera Austral through the beautiful forested northern stretch, before crossing into Argentina as far as the bustling, rural town of Esquel.
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Day 6 - Private guided day in remotest Patagonia

Spend today with a local guide to venture east into the steppe exploring flamingo filled salt lakes, canyons, mega volcanoes & standing stones of the little-visited Chubut region of Patagonia.
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Day 7 - Self guided walking in Los Alerces

In spectacular contrast to yesterday, drive west into the Los Alerces National Park to explore its lush forests, glistening lakes and glaciers. There are a number of hiking options or a boat trip.

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