Spend 6-days taking in the fjords and volcanos of southern Chile
Embark on the drive of a lifetime on the 6-Day Chilean Fjords Self-Drive Tour. From the second-largest lake in the country, Lago Llanquihue, the route leads you through spectacular natural settings along the breathtaking Pacific fjord Reloncaví.
From the snow-covered Osorno Volcano, the emerald colored Todos Los Santos Lake and the millennial Alerce trees in the Alerce Andino National Park, you’ll find yourself standing in awe of spellbinding beauty each day of this tour as you navigate the Chilean Lake District and Andes.
Retire each night in uniquely charming accommodations tucked away in picture-perfect locations and fill your days as you please with endless opportunities to hike, explore, and immerse yourself in the beauty and culture of southern Chile.
Enjoy an adventure where you are in the driver’s seat. Book the Chilean Fjords Self-Drive tour and get ready for the trip of a lifetime!
Highlights of the Chilean Fjords Self-Drive Tour
Chilean Fjords Self-Drive Tour Itinerary
Day 1 Arrival and Drive to Cascadas
Today your journey begins in Puerto Montt, the capital of Chile’s Lake District in the south of Chile. Pick up your rental car at the airport of Puerto Montt. Then, drive north past the colonial towns of Puerto Varas, Frutillar and Puerto Octay, founded on the shores of Lake Llanquihue in the middle of the 19th century by German settlers.
On the way, it’s worth visiting the small park Lahuen Ñadi near the airport, harboring impressive millennial Alerce trees. Your destination for today is the small, charming village of Las Cascadas. The village was named after the nearby waterfalls that rush down the slopes of the Osorno Volcano.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Cascadas
Distance: 1.5h of driving
Day 2 Forest and Mountains of Vicente Peréz Rosales National Park
Continue to Vicente Peréz Rosales National Park today. Through dense native forest, a road leads up the slopes to the ski station of Osorno Volcano. Enjoy unforgettable panoramas of Llanquihue Lake and the impressive mountain range of the Andes.
Afterwards, follow the road towards the Andes Mountains, passing by Ensenada and the rapids of Petrohué River. You’ll stay in the small village of Petrohué tonight, located on the shores of the picturesque, emerald-colored Todos Los Santos Lake.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Petrohué
Distance: 45min of driving
Day 3 Explore Petrohué
There are many options to spend this day at leisure in beautiful Petrohué.
Hike on the slopes of Osorno Volcano, cross Todos Los Santos Lake on a navigation to Peulla in the Andes foothills, or visit the bustling town of Puerto Varas!
Overnight Location: Hotel in Petrohué
Day 4 Drive into the Foothills of the Andes Cordillera
Continue your trip on quiet country roads today with stunning panoramas along the Pacific Fjord Reloncaví, which reaches deep into the foothills of the Andes Cordillera. A gravel road leads along its shore to the village of Puelo, where the river of the same name has cut a valley into the mountains. In the afternoon, there is enough time to explore the beautiful, pristine surroundings.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Puelo
Distance: 2h of driving
Day 5 Cross the Reloncaví Fjord to Caleta Arena
Follow the road along the shores of Reloncaví fjord until you reach the small ferry terminal of Caleta Puelche. Cross the fjord on a 30-minute ferry ride to Caleta Arena. Don’t miss the delicious fresh seafood empanadas on offer here! Continue on the Carretera Austral north until the village of Lenca, where you’ll stay in lovely cabin tonight.
Opt to explore the nearby Alerce Andino National Park that protects the native Alerce tree. It grows exclusively in this area of Chile and Argentina. Some specimens were dated to be more than 3,500 years old – arguably some of the oldest beings in the world!
Overnight Location: Cabin in Lenca
Distance: 2-3h of driving
Day 6 Final Drive Along the Pacific Coast
From Lenca, continue north along the Pacific Coast until reaching Puerto Montt, where your trip ends today. Drop off your rental car at the airport. From here, you can continue your trip to another region of Chile or take a flight back home via Santiago.
Overnight Location: None
Distance: 1-2h of driving
Fjords along the Pacific Coast of Chile Self-drive Tour Price and Dates
This self-drive tour is always run as a private tour for your group only and the price depends on the types of rooms that your group chooses.
The prices below are per person:
- Price per solo traveller: $1,995 USD per person
- Price per person sharing a double room: $1,060 USD per person
- Price per person staying in a single room (when travelling with a group): $1,565 USD per person
Accommodation on Chilean Fjords Self-Drive Tour
This tour is based in hotels and cabin. Hotels on this trip are 2 and 4-star and offer modern conveniences that can make this trip more pleasant. The accommodation in cabin is more rustic, but full of character. You’ll be provided all the necessities, such as bedding, towels, kitchen utensils and food for purchase.
In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.
Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
Standard rooms are of double occupancy and those willing to have single rooms will need to pay a supplement (on request).
Hotels on Standard Tour
Hostal Zapato Amarillo in Cascadas
This small and charming accommodation is located in Puerto Octay and is set on a stunning piece of land surrounded by lovely gardens.
Petrohue Lodge in Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales ★★★
The most well-known hotel in the area, this iconic lodge offers spectacular lake views and a top location for exploring the lakes, rivers and fjords.
Andes Lodge in Puelo
A rustic wooden lodge in a beautiful setting, located near the rushing Puelo river.
Campo Santy in Lenca
Perched on a small hill, the Campo Santy is a welcoming hotel featuring basic amenities and brilliant views in all directions.
What’s Included in the Chilean Fjords Self-Drive Tour?
5 breakfasts are included.
Accommodations for 5 nights are included.
Transportation during the Tour
This is a self-drive tour where you’ll be driving a rental car throughout the tour duration. It starts with picking your vehicle in Puerto Montt Airport and dropping it off in the same location on the last day of the tour.
- Car Rental for 6 days:
- F2 category vehicle (Nissan Xtrail or similar)
- Collision Damage Waiver with 240 USD deductible
- unlimited km
- Airport Service Charge
- programmed GPS
- GPS-app with trek coordinates
- Guide services
- Meals not noted as included
- Travel insurance
- Visa fees
- Extra nights before or after the tour
Frequently Asked Questions about Chilean Fjords Self-Drive Tour
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