Relish in the freedom found in your self-drive itinerary in Chile and Argentina’s Lake Districts. Bask in the rejuvenating warmth of natural hot springs, ride horses along the Patagonian Steppe and follow the paths of legendary gauchos. Listen to the ice crunch beneath your feet as you traverse a snowcapped volcanic peak, and then wander through the majesty of the renowned national parks. Linger in the storybook charms of quiet alpine villages, and travel at your preferred pace. From luxurious...
Santiago – Arrive Santiago, Chile for an Introductory Tour of the Capital
Chile’s capital city brings cultural charm through the natural splendor of the Andes Mountains. The ridges border Santiago to the east and provide a rich soil to the neighboring valleys and freshwater from the snowmelt. Sycamore trees shade the boulevards as skyscrapers add a sense of contemporary height to the relaxed pace of the bohemian neighborhoods outside of the commercial center. Your flight will land at Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport, and your private transfer will meet you upon arrival. Your hotel will blend intimacy with luxury and provide a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere in the heart of the city in the Providencia district with its elegant French architectural façade.
Your guide will greet you in the lobby eager to lead you through an in-depth introductory cultural tour of Santiago, bringing you through Plaza de Armas to see the presidential palace of La Moneda. You will have an intimate view of the true culture of the city at the Central Market. Fishmongers offer elaborate displays of mussels, prawns, and sea bass as restaurants beneath the steel-framed dome fill the market with the scent of hardy stews and grilled squid dressed in lime and garlic. Produce stalls display mounds of custard apple and prickly pears, and vendors use the fresh fruit to create balanced juices for passersby, including a favorite of passion fruit and strawberry.
Pucon – Travel South to Temuco and Enjoy a Scenic Drive to Pucon
Pucon – Relish a Full Day Excursion into the Landscapes around Pucon
Huilo Huilo – Travel to the Lake District to Visit Villarrica National Park
Huilo Huilo – Enjoy a Waterfall Trek and Excursion into the Forest Canopy
San Martin de Los Andes – Cross the Andes into Argentina on a Scenic Drive
San Martin de Los Andes – Enjoy Culture and Countryside in San Martin
Villa la Angostura – Drive the Route of the Seven Lakes to Villa la Angostura
Villa la Angostura – Delight in a Full Day Tour of Arrayanes National Park
Puerto Varas – Return to Chile through Stunning Puyehue National Park
Puerto Varas – Tour History, Culture, and Beauty around Llanquihue Lake
Puerto Varas – Return the Car and Depart for Home
- Drive along Argentina’s celebrated Route of the Seven Lakes, renowned for its endless beauty of rainforest, volcanic peaks, and indigo colored lakes
- Bask in the warmth and comfort of natural hot springs in Puyehue National Park
- Venture to the top of Villarrica Volcano on a guided tour and follow the manicured trails up the steep slope to glance into the active crater
- Delight in a unique excursion across the Patagonian plain and through the dense forests on horseback guided by an Argentine gaucho
- Traverse the enchanting treetops of the Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve on a guided zip-line tour through the forest canopy
- Visit the Fierro Museum in Puerto Varas for unique insight into the blend of cultures of 19th-century German settlers and Indigenous peoples
- Discover the stunning Caburgua Water Pools outside of Pucon, which are fed by two enchanting waterfalls
- Enjoy a private tour of Santiago upon your arrival in Chile for an immersive experience in the vibrant Central Market and along the bustling city plazas
The pristine beauty and rugged allure of Patagonia await you on your 12-day road trip through Chile and Argentina. Your journey begins with your arrival in Santiago, Chile, and the capital city offers art and architecture, movement and style. Your private transfer will greet you at Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport and escort you to your hotel in the heart of the city. Enjoy a private tour for an in-depth view of the history and culture of Chile’s capital, from the life at the Central Market to the elegance of the presidential palace.
The next day, you will return to the airport for your flight to Temuco. Land there, and then collect your car and set out into the Lake District at your preferred pace. Wander around the charms of Temuco before venturing to your luxury boutique hotel found on the fringe of Pucon. The following day is yours to explore the countryside at your leisure, taking to the enchanting alpine streets of town or traversing the trails that edge Caburgua Lake to reach the hidden, eponymous pools. Travel to Huilo Huilo Reserve the next day with a stop en route at Villarrica National Park to enjoy a guided tour of the spectacular grounds and reach the summit of Villarrica Volcano. In the evening, you can settle into the comforts of your hotel that looks over the treetops of the rainforest.
Follow the trails around Huilo Huilo the next morning to discover the many lakes and enchanting waterfalls. In the afternoon, you will take to the treetops on a zip-line tour, allowing you to glide effortlessly through the canopy. Wake the next day and take your car on the ferry to cross Pirihueico Lake. Follow Hua Hum Pass into Argentina and relish the scenic drive that leads to an estancia near San Martin de Los Andes. The next day, you can explore the landscape under the guidance of a professional gaucho and horseback ride over the plains and through the forest. Enjoy mate tea and a barbecue lunch before returning to the estate. Drive along the most beautiful road in Argentina the next day as you follow the Route of the Seven Lakes. Revel in the stunning scenery of Patagonia before arriving in Villa la Angostura.
The next day, your guide will lead you through the ancient trees in search of pudu, a small deer, and of the distinctive Arrayanes trees. Return to Chile the next day by way of the Puyehue National Park. Visit the hot springs or follow the trails to find waterfalls, rivers, and lakes, and then relax at your beautiful accommodation on the shores of Lake Llanquihue. Relish in the beauty found around Puerto Varas and the surrounding natural splendor at your own pace. Enjoy the views of Osorno Volcano, visit the Fierro Museum, or take to the waters on a kayak excursion. Conclude as you return your car at El Tepual Airport in Puerto Montt before boarding your flight home.
$2,995 per person (excluding international flights)
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