Self-Drive Tour Through Chile & Argentina's Lake Districts Itinerary

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Countries Visited

Argentina, Chile

Places Visited

Santiago, Pucon, Villarrica National Park, Puyehue National Park...

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Suggested Duration

12 Days

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...

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Trip Highlights

  • 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

Detailed Description

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. 

Starting Price

$2,995 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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