Hidden Highlights of Chile's Carretera Austral

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Experience one of the world's great road trips...

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... in a remote land of mountains, forests, rivers and glaciers

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The Carretera Austral is Patagonia at its untamed best...

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... a journey for adventurers and explorers

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Travel from primeval temperate rainforests...

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Past snow-capped peaks and turquoise rivers...

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... down to the great icefields, explored by boat

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Great adventure by day meets great comfort at night...

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... as you stay with local hosts in beautiful small hotels

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You'll be introduced to the locals and gauchos...

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Encounter lots of incredible wildlife...

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... and feast on delicious homecooked dinners

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All this and so much more awaits on Chile's Carretera Austral...

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... we'd love for you to experience it for yourself

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From rainforests to the icefields, this is Patagonia is at its untamed best. Enjoy cosy lodges, stellar walks and exclusive experiences along a road less travelled.

  • Self drive
  • Undiscovered Patagonia
  • Mountains, forests, rivers
  • Lakes, glaciers & more
  • Incredible wildlife
  • Local people & culture
  • Special places to stay
  • Sleep in the icefields
  • Hikes for all abilities
  • Expert private guides
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What's Included

Key Inclusions

21 nights small independent hotels

Hire vehicle

Private airport transfers

2 x internal flights

Ferry tickets

All breakfasts

9 x lunches

10 x dinners

Guided Activities

Private Santiago city tour

Private guided walk in Coyhaique Reserve

Choice of kayak or boat tour with guided walk in Queulat

Private Spanish-speaking mountain guide walk in Cerro Castillo

Private farmstead visit

Private kayak and walk in Patagonia National Park

2 days guided excursions on private boat charter in Patagonian Icefields

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 by day itinerary

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

Enjoy your first guided walk

Day 4

Travel into Queulat's temperate rainforests

Day 5

Explore your fjord by kayak or boat

Day 6

Hike to a hanging glacier viewpoint

Day 7

Travel to the Cerro Castillo mountains

Day 8

Hike in Cerro Castillo National Park

Day 9

Cross Chile's biggest lake

Day 10

Walk in ancient lunar landscapes

Memorable moments you can look forward to...

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To a hanging glacier viewpoint

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A night in the icefields

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In beautiful small hotels

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Dolphins in a Pacific fjord

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On a crystal-clear river

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Get close to...

Guanacos, condors & more

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In amazing mountain scenery

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Spend a day...

On a traditional estancia ranch

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Yerba maté with locals

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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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