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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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Itinerary

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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 - Traverse along the lush Northern Carretera

Set off early today to travel north along the Carretera Austral through the beautiful forested northern stretch to reach the Futaleufu river.
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Day 6 - Explore the trails, rivers and lakes of Futaleufú valley

Follow a self-guided hiking trail through the forests to a mirror lake, waterfall or a lookout point over the river valley, or you can enjoy one of the top water activities.
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Day 7 - Across the border into Argentinian steppe

Cross the border into Argentina to discover the great contrast of the Patagonian steppe.

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