Hidden Highlights of Chile's Carretera Austral

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Our ultimate Carretera Austral trip adds the rivers, lakes...

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And mega volcanoes of the north...

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... to the epic mountains, grasslands and glaciers further south

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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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From the lakes and volcanoes of the north to the mountains and glaciers further south, this trip blends the best of Chilean Patagonia's epic hidden highlights. Rich culture, incredible wildlife and welcoming lodges await.

  • 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

27 nights hotel accommodation + 1 night private boat charter

(enquire for hotel details)

Private airport transfers

Hire vehicle

2 x Internal flights

Ferry tickets

All breakfasts

12 x lunches

15 x dinners

Guided Activities

Private Santiago city tour

Private Puerto Varas tour

Private hike around Osorno Volcano

Shared rafting on the Futaleufú River

Private garden tour

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 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 to Chile's Lake District

Day 3

Hike below Osorno Volcano

Day 4

Travel down the Carretera Austral

Day 5

Walk in Pumalín National Park

Day 6

Travel east to a very special eco-lodge

Day 7

Raft the Futaleufú River

Day 8

Enjoy an idyllic day nestled in nature

Day 9

Walk amid mountains and meadows

Day 10

Return to the Carretera Austral

Memorable moments you can look forward to...

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At the epic Osorno Volcano

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On a crystal-clear river

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In amazing mountain scenery

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At incredible night skies

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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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Get wet...

As you ride the river waves

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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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