Overview & Highlights
An adventurous self-drive holiday with three separate hire car trips to Chilean and Argentine Patagonia's volcanoes, turquoise lakes, glaciers and skeletal peaks. Pre-booked accommodation.
- Buenos Aires: Guided walking tour along the Avenida de Mayo
This holiday showcases three contrasting regions of Patagonia in Argentina and Chile where independent self-drive opens up amazing landscapes for you to explore at your leisure and preferred speed. You have freedom as soon as you get behind the wheel but also the security of knowing your accommodation is booked for you at the end of a day on the road.
Discover Argentina’s glorious lake district, a feast of virgin forests and rugged mountains reflected in a necklace of glassy lakes. The highlight is the drive north along the poster-perfect Seven Lakes Route to tranquil San Martin de los Andes. Later, fly south to visit one of Patagonia’s finest national parks: Los Glaciares, featuring Mount Fitz Roy. Move on to Torres del Paine National park in Chile staying at 2 lodges in different areas. Each is situated in magnificent surroundings, offers a range of optional excursions and enables you to enter and leave the Park on different, scenic routes. Besides scenic drives all round, each offers uniquely different experiences once you’ve parked the car. As you drive through the magnificent natural theatre of Patagonia you’ll really appreciate the extra freedom to pause for photos or linger longer for yet another fabulous view.
Arrive in Buenos Aires. Transfer to hotel close to colonial centre and commercial district of the capital.
Walking tour along the Avenida de Mayo.
Fly to Bariloche in the lake district. Collect your hire car.
Explore the Bariloche area.
Self-drive to San Martín de los Andes.
Explore the San Martín lakes area.
Self-drive to Villa la Angostura.
Explore the area independently.
Drop off car in Bariloche; fly to El Calafate, collect car, self-drive to estancia.
Self-drive to El Chaltén in southern Patagonia.
Explore the area around the Fitz Roy massif.
Self-drive to estancia close to El Calafate.
Opportunity to visit Perito Moreno glacier independently.
Drop off car at El Calafate; transfer to Puerto Natales in Chile, overnight.
Collect car, drive to Torres del Paine National Park. 2 nights at a lodge.
Explore the area around Las Torres (the towers).
Self-drive to Lago Grey, 2 nights’ accommodation on the lake shore.
Explore the area around the Cuernos del Paine and Grey glacier.
Drive to Punta Arenas: drop off car, fly to Santiago, overnight at airport hotel.
Transfer to airport.
What our clients say
97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.
Seeing the Condors taking flight first thing in the morning in the most stunning setting is a memory that will live with me forever. Looking down from the Sun Gate and seeing the full extent of the magical setting of Macchu Picchu was awe-inspiring.CD, Corbridge
Tailor made holiday
Our specialists have been expertly crafting award-winning tailor-made holidays to Latin America for 40 years. We would be delighted to create a truly personalised trip which perfectly matches your wishes and requirements.
Ben Line - Travel Consultant
Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Manager of the Tailor-made Department.
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Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our Sales team.
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Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is an invaluable part of our Group Tours team.
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Jim first caught the Latin American travel bug in 2001 when he decided at the last minute to join a friend travelling around Central America – he hasn't looked back since.