Patagonia Scenic Driving

Chile
Overland
Self-Guided
Patagonia Scenic Driving

Patagonia Scenic Driving

Prices

From $1,175USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

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Highlights

Take the ultimate road trip through Patagonia on this 11-day adventure

Navigate from Coyhaique to Chile Chicos, crossing General Carrera Lake.

Journey around Patagonia National Park and travel to Cañadon las Pinturas.

Explore Lago Posadas, Cochrane, and Valle Chacabuco with vivid landscapes where the plains meet the mountains.

Head north to the unbelievably turquoise waters of Puerto Tranquilo.

For people who love nothing better than driving through remarkable scenery, this is the ideal self-guided road trip itinerary through Patagonia’s stunning landscapes. Following a carefully planned route that includes important highways, scenic back roads, and border crossings, you'll navigate through Patagonia and see something new every day. A self-driving tour gives you the best routes and the ultimate freedom to stop and explore all the sights along the way.

Your journey begins in Coyhaique, Chile, and heads south to Chile Chico, known for its incredible lakeside roads and hilltop viewpoints. From Chile Chico, you cross into Argentina and take the scenic route to Cañadon las Pinturas. The route continues to Lago Posadas, Cochrane, and Valle Chacabuco. From the gorgeous blue waters of Puerto Tranquilo, you head north back to Coyhaique, where your adventure began. Each night, a hotel has been selected for you, but if you want a true road trip adventure, ask about renting a campervan instead.

Patagonia Scenic Driving Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Coyhaique to Chile Chico

Your 1000-kilometre journey begins today after arriving at Balmaceda Airport in Coyhaique and picking up your vehicle. Try to take an early flight to give yourself lots of time to drive 95 kilometres to Puerto Ibañez and cross General Carrera Lake by ferry to arrive at Chile Chico.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Chile Chico
Distance
95km
Meals
None

Day 2 Jeinimeni Gate of Patagonia National Park

The Jeinimeni Gate of Patagonia National Park has gorgeous scenery, strange volcanic rock formations, and Jeinimeni Lake. There are many trails and picnic sites to have lunch in the park if you feel like hiking around.

Ask while booking about options to camp nearby instead of returning to town, or finish the loop back to your hotel in Chile Chico.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Chile Chico
Distance
65km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 3 Take the Scenic Route to Los Antiguos

The route from Chile Chico to Los Antiguos in Argentina was once a footpath of the native peoples and pioneers passing through Patagonia. You'll see endless plateaus and mountain ranges, the blues of General Carrera Lake, and amazing views from 1500 metres above sea level.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Los Antiguos
Distance
80km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 4 Los Antiguos to Cañadon las Pinturas

On the way to Cañadon las Pinturas, be sure to make a stop at the Portal La Ascensión, a traditional ranch that overlooks Lake Buenos Aires. You can explore the ranch and walk its many trails to see pleasant pastoral scenery and watch for local wildlife.

From the ranch, continue on Route 40 to arrive at Cañadon las Pinturas for the night.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Cañadón Pinturas
Distance
120km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 5 Visit to Cueva de las Manos

Today, you'll explore the otherworldly canyon of the Cañadon las Pinturas and its beautiful trails. The Bajada de los Toldos is the recommended walking route, which takes you towards the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cueva de Las Manos. At the site, you can pay for a guided tour of the incredible prehistoric cave paintings.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Cañadón las Pinturas
Distance
Various
Meals
Breakfast

Day 6 Route 39 to Lago Posadas

Skirting around the edge of Patagonia National Park, you'll drive Route 40 and continue onto Route 39 to reach Lago Posadas. On the way, you can stop at the small post town of Bajo Caracoles for lunch.

You continue driving to Lago Posadas, a town perched on the lake, with breathtaking scenery and lots of tourist services.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Lago Posadas
Distance
150km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 7 Explore Lago Posadas

Spend the day getting acquainted with Lago Posadas. Though the town may be small, there are many experiences to choose from, like horseback riding, mountain biking, and hiking.

Check out the scenic waterfront at Lake Posadas or have a picnic at Lake Pueyrredon. Those interested in history should not miss the Cerro de los Indios mountains, full of cave paintings and rock carvings.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Lago Posadas
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Day 8 Pass the Gates into Cochrane

It's a long drive today on Route 41 to Cochrane, passing several important border gates on the way. Admire the striking hills, volcanic rocks, and lakes, then stretch your legs by crossing the pedestrian bridges hanging over rushing rivers.

At Gate Valle Chacabuco, you can stop to see a traditional ranch before arriving in the town of Cochrane.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Cochrane
Distance
160km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 9 Hiking in Valle Chacabuco

From Cochrane, you head north to Valle Chacabuco for some incredible hiking, starting from Portal Chacabuco or from Portal Casa Piedra. Many routes are available, depending on how much or how little you want to do. Enjoy the uninterrupted views of lush valleys and emerald blue lakes along the way.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Cochrane
Distance
Various
Meals
Breakfast

Day 10 North to Puerto Tranquilo

Leaving Cochrane, you drive north on Route 7 towards Puerto Tranquilo. One of the most famous sights in Puerto Tranquilo is the Marble Chapels, where limestone walls have been sculpted by time, water, and wind to create unique blue and grey swirling caves.

Take a boat trip to see the Marble Chapels up close, or you can kayak if you’re feeling adventurous.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Puerto Tranquilo
Distance
115km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 11 Return to Coyhaique for Departure

Today is the longest drive of your journey, clocking 200 kilometres from Puerto Tranquilo back to Balmaceda Airport in Coyhaique. It's been an incredible tour with 600 kilometres of stunning scenery, languid lakes, towering mountains, and archaeological treasures.

Drop your car off with a happy heart and camera full of memories.

Overnight Location
None
Distance
200km
Meals
Breakfast

Patagonia Scenic Driving Tour Price and Dates

This self-guided road trip tour to Patagonia is run as a custom tour and the price per person depends on how many people are in your group.

Standard rooms for groups of 2 and more are double/twin and groups of odd numbers can opt out to share a triple room for $75USD per person price reduction or add a single supplement of $625USD to use one single room where available.

Please note, that one vehicle can comfortably fit up to 4 adults, and bigger groups will be assigned 2 vehicles. Prices below are per person:

  • Self-guided groups of 2: $1,450USD per person
  • Self-guided groups of 3: $1,225USD per person
  • Self-guided groups of 4: $1,095USD per person
  • Self-guided groups of 5: $1,250USD per person
  • Self-guided groups of 6: $1,175USD per person
  • Self-guided groups of 7+: on request
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Accommodation on the Patagonia Scenic Driving Tour

This tour is based in 3 and 4-star hotels and guesthouses. The accommodations offer modern conveniences to make your trip comfortable.

If you wish to rent a campervan or sleep at campsites en route, please ask at booking to discuss your options.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
Rooms are double occupancy. You can pay a supplement of $625USD to have a private room in a hotel where possible. Solo travellers will be required to pay a supplement.

Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
There is a triple room reduction of $75USD per person.

Hosteria de la Patagonia in Chile Chico

Hosteria de la Patagonia is a quirky guesthouse full of historical treasures in a lush country setting just outside of Chile Chico town.

Antigua Hotel in Los Antiguos

Perched right on the edge of Lake Antiguo, you’re treated to waterfront views from this lovely hotel.

Refugio La Posta de los Toldos in Perito Moreno

Enjoy this gorgeous mountain lodge on Route 40 surrounded by a vast landscape where local wildlife roams.

Rio Tarde Casa Patagonica in Lago Posadas

Nestled in the hills with uninterrupted views, this hotel is a great base for exploring the sights in Lago Posadas.

Hotel Ultimo Paraiso in Cochrane

This charming boutique hotel is a paradise for exploring the nearby Patagonia National Park.

Hostal El Puesto in Puerto Tranquilo

This is the most popular lodge in the area, thanks to its rustic chalet-style rooms and beautiful surrounding landscape.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s included in the Patagonia Scenic Driving Tour?

Meals

10 breakfasts are included on this tour.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 10 nights are included.

Transportation during the Tour

This tour includes 10 days’ use of a rental car (Renault Duster) with basic driving insurance. You will pick up and drop off the rental car at Balmaceda Airport in Coyhaique, Chile, where the tour starts and ends.

Also Included

  • Permit to cross by car into Argentina

Not included

  • Flights
  • Gasoline during your driving journey
  • Travel insurance
  • Ferry crossing for passengers and vehicle on Lake General Carrera (to get to Chile Chico)
  • Visas if required
  • Entrance fees into national parks, nature reserves, heritage sites, or excursions
  • Meals not mentioned

Optional Extras

  • Book a campervan instead of a car
  • Stay in campsites instead of hotels

Frequenty Asked Questions about Patagonia Scenic Driving

How hard is the Patagonia Scenic Driving tour?

We rate this tour as a 1/5. This is a self-driving tour, and it is completely up to you to decide what excursions and activities you want to participate in based on your fitness level.

What kind of car will I be driving?

The rental car is a Renault Duster.

Is the vehicle insurance included?

Yes, however, this insurance has some exceptions and waivers, so we strongly suggest getting an additional insurance.

Do I have to drive every day?

There are rest days during the tour when you can take a break and relax in the local town.

Do I need a visa to travel to Argentina or Chile?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the Patagonia Scenic Driving tour?

10 breakfasts are included on the tour.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip. Get your Travel Insurance. Car insurance for your rental vehicle is included in the price of the tour.

How do I get to Coyhaique to start this tour?

Travellers typically fly from Santiago International Airport (SCL) into Balmaceda Airport (BBA) to get to Coyhaique. Your rental car will be waiting for you at Balmaceda Airport.

Where does the Drive Patagonia's Binational Park Circuit tour end?

The tour ends once you return the rental car at Balmaceda Airport in Coyhaique.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Chile or Argentina?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Chile or Argentina?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

When is the best time to travel to Patagonia for this tour?

The best time to travel to Patagonia for this driving tour is during the southern hemisphere’s summer to have warm, dry days. Summer runs from December through February.

Since 2004 Nunatak has been organizing trips all over Patagonia Chilena and Argentina for travellers. They are a locally owned group with a spirit of adventure and nature passionate about helping travellers get their best experience in wild Patagonia.
They are an Artisan Travel Agency, based in Puerto Natales, with a focus on immersive local experiences. Experts designing and operating group tours all over Patagonia Chilena and Argentina also craft and customize individual itineraries (FIT), offering the best travel according to their preferences. The itineraries include the best-known highlights and treks in Patagonia Argentina and Chilena. But also offer the other Patagonia. From the legendary Carretera Austral – Chile’s Southern Highway – combining with Lake District in Argentina, through the mythical Route 40 to Tierra del Fuego, devising detours via little-trodden paths and routes.
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Prices

From $1,175USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

Hotels, Guesthouses

Active Travel is what we do

10Adventures knows Active and Adventure Travel because everything we do is focused on Active and Adventure Travel. We understand the needs of travellers and partner with excellent local guides who specialize in active, experiential and adventure travel.

Real humans are always a click or call away

Your time is important, and you shouldn't have to deal with automated bots or a confusing phone system. At 10Adventures you are assigned an Adventure Concierge, who is a real person who has one job: to support you during the planning & booking of your trip.

Customize or go private and get the perfect trip for you

Taking a holiday can be the most fun you have all year. At 10Adventures we believe that you should have the ability to personalize the trip, to get it just the way you want. Sometimes that's joining a group, but more often it's going private with your loved ones, and getting the dates and itinerary that's just right for you.

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We rate this tour as a 1/5. This is a self-driving tour, and it is completely up to you to decide what excursions and activities you want to participate in based on your fitness level.

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