Hidden Highlights of Chile's Carretera Austral

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Explore the best of Chile's Carretera Austral in two epic weeks

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Meet local people and experience rural culture...

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Travel in scenery of unimaginable scale and beauty...

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Enjoy stunning hikes for all abilities...

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Stay in special places, like this lakeside lodge...

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Soak in the views as you explore by car...

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Get close to guanacos, condors and other wildlife...

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... and be welcomed like family by our local hosts

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Deep blue lakes, towering mountains, remote villages and incredible views; the Carretera Austral is a journey for anyone who wants to experience Patagonia's vast swathes of untouched wilderness.

  • Self drive
  • Undiscovered Patagonia
  • Mountains, forests, rivers
  • Lakes, glaciers & more
  • Incredible wildlife
  • Local people & culture
  • Special places to stay
  • Hikes for all abilities
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What's included

Key Inclusions

13 nights hotel accommodation

(enquire for hotel details)

Hire vehicle

Private airport transfers

2 x internal flights

Ferry tickets

All breakfasts

4 x lunches

4 x dinners

Guided Activities

Private Santiago city tour

Private Spanish-speaking mountain guide walk in Cerro Castillo

Private farmstead visit

Private kayak and walk in Patagonia National Park

Private fossil hike

5* Service

We have personally experienced & loved every aspect of this trip

Holiday Guide with advice, background information and recommendations

ABTOT / ATOL Financial protection

Local support throughout

24/7 emergency support

Industry-leading 160% carbon capture

Exclusive departure date

Please note: International travel & fuel for vehicle hire not included.


Day 1

Arrive in Santiago de Chile

A warm welcome awaits as you land in Chile's thriving capital. Head out with your guide to explore on foot, walking as much or as little as you like. Being downtown means you are close to Santiago's best restaurants, so you'll have no trouble finding somewhere special for dinner.

Day 2

Fly south to Patagonia

Day 3

Hike in Cerro Castillo with your private guide

Day 4

Cross Chile's biggest lake

Day 5

Walk in ancient lunar landscapes

Day 6

Enjoy stunning views on the Carretera Austral

Day 7

Experience life on a Patagonian estancia

Day 8

Kayak one of the world's clearest rivers

Day 9

Settle into your lakeside haven

Day 10

Enjoy a hike of forests, fossils and mountain views

Memorable moments you can look forward to...

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On a crystal-clear river

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In amazing mountain scenery

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Yerba maté like a local

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Condors, guanacos & more

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Seek out...

The rare huemul deer

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Spend a day...

On a traditional estancia ranch

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Secret views & waterfalls

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Chile's friendly locals

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On gloriously scenic roads

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Chile's largest lake

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