Grand Patagonia Self-Drive 21 days
A spectacular grand tour covering the length of Patagonia. Relax in Santiago and Valparaiso and the pick up your car in the Chilean Lake District and head south, travelling at your own pace and marvelling at some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. A truly, once in a lifetime experience.
Please note: prices are subject to change without notice due to changes in costs of domestic flights.
Namibia Birding and Photography Guide
An accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >
Namibia Birding and Photography Guide
An accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country.
In 1981 Toni moved to Namibia with her family and from then on her love of the outdoors and all things nature grew and grew. Her father was an exploration geologist who travelled extensively around Southern Africa, living in small mining towns and managing bush camps where Toni would spend her school holidays camping in the bush, or visiting private farms and reserves. Toni’s father passed on to her his unparalleled knowledge of all things Namibia, and she carried this with her as she became a manager and guide at some of the most remote lodges in the extreme North West of Namibia. Toni has travelled expansively across Namibia and its neighbouring countries, making regular visits to all of the National Game Reserves and developing her photographic skills which she takes great pleasure in passing on to visitors to the region.
Her deep love and knowledge of the Namibia, coupled with her infectious passion and enthusiasm to want to share it, make her one of the country’s top guides and ambassadors for this beautiful country. More than just a guide who simply points from a vehicle, Toni becomes fully involved in the experiences of her fellow travellers and places a great emphasis on finding the best adventures, wildlife encounters and photo opportunities for her tour groups. As a Managing Tour Consultant she plans safaris for a wide range of interest groups but her main focus is on birding and photographic small group tours, where she delights in each visitor gaining an up-close and personal experience of all that the country she loves and knows so well has to offer.
Falklands Expert & Guide
Born in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >
Falklands Expert & Guide
Born in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. She spent 11 years on Sea Lion Island as Manager of the Lodge, Warden of the Nature Reserve and as the principal tour provider, meaning her knowledge of Sea Lion Island in particular is second to none. Having spent so much time here, as expected her wildlife speciality is Elephant Seals, but she is also well versed in the ways of the seabirds, penguins, whales, dolphins and sea lions that call the Falklands their home.
After her time on Sea Lion Island Jenny moved to Stanley to work for the Falkland Islands Government and became manager of a local travel firm assisting with travel arrangements for incoming visitors, before taking semi-retirement to spend more time with her family and enjoy more time further exploring the lands she knows so well. Jenny is extremely passionate about sharing the hidden nature secrets of the Falklands with those who come to visit her homeland and will be looking forward to accompanying you and passing on her unsurpassed knowledge of the areas you will be visiting.
- Spectacular scenery
- Amazing national parks
- Birds and wild life
- Vibrant Valparaiso
- Independent travel
- 18 nights' accommodation, including breakfast
- 19 days' car rental, including tax, international permissions, full CDW, etc.
- Airport-hotel-airport transfers in Santiago
- Full day excursion to Valparaiso
20 Nights 21 Days
- Day 1 | Santiago
- Day 2 | Valparaiso & San Antonio Valley
- Days 3 - 4 | Petrohue area
- Day 5 | Hornopiren
- Days 6 - 7 | Caleta Gonzalo & Pumalin Park
- Days 8 - 9 | Puyuhuapi
- Day 10 | Coyhaique
- Days 11 - 12 | Lago General Carrera
- Day 13 | Lago Posadas
- Days 14 - 15 | El Chalten
- Days 16 - 17 | El Calafate
- Days 18 - 19 | Torres del Paine
- Days 20 - 21 | Punta Arenas
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Met at airport on arrival and transferred to your city centre hotel. remainder of day at leisure to explore Santiago.
Valparaiso & San Antonio Valley
This full-day excursion will take you to the San Antonio Valley. After exiting Santiago through Route 68, you will go through another important agricultural valley, Curacaví, which is known for its fruits and for its broad variety of restaurants offering typical Chilean food. Located approximately 80 kilometers away from Santiago, during the past decade the San Antonio Valley rapidly became Chile’s most important grape-growing valley for the production of premium white wine. As part of this excursion, you will enjoy a tour and tasting at one of the many boutique wineries that are part of this flourishing wine route. The journey will then continue to Valparaíso, the oldest and most important port of Chile. Valparaíso's picturesque layout is enhanced by the surrounding hills that seem to dive into the ocean, reminding us that this was once the most important maritime destination of the Pacific coast before the Strait of Panama was opened to navigation in 1914. Walk down the city’s winding streets and enjoy the beautiful scenery before you return to your hotel.Private service with English speaking guide, wine tasting, La Sebastiana entrance fee.
3 - 4Days
After breakfast, transfer to airport for flight to Puerto Montt. Pick up your vehicle at the airport rent- a-car office and drive 90km to Petrohue located in the Vicente Perez Rosales National Park. You will be accompanied by beautiful views of the Llanquihue Lake and volcanoes. Two nights at Hotel Petrohué, or similar, including dinner.
The following morning, drive to Vicente Perez Rosales National Park, where you will have an entire day to explore the park and its hiking trails or enjoy a variety of optional outdoor activities offered by the hotel such as rafting, kayaking, trekking or fishing (prices not included).
Today you will set out to reach the amazing Carretera Austral. Go south along the Reloncaví Fjord, passing the beautiful rivers of Petrohué, Cochamó and Puelo. As you continue along the road the landscape will contrast between forest and sea. (200km). Overnight at the Hosteria Catalina or similar.
6 - 7Days
Caleta Gonzalo & Pumalin Park
After breakfast you will board a 4 hour ferry that takes you along the Cholgo Channel and the stunning Comau Fjord. After a brief drive of only 10 minutes, you will take a second ferry to Caleta Gonzalo where you will be spending two nights at Cabanas Caleta Gonzalo or similar.
The following day, you will have some spare time to discover the primitive forests of the Pumalín Park; one of Chile’s main ecotourism attractions. We recommend a hike to one of the various viewpoints that boast breathtaking views.
8 - 9Days
Caleta Gonzalo – Puyuhuapi (245 km)After breakfast you will continue south pass Chaitén towards Lake Risopatrón. This is a stunning drive filled with impressive views of rivers, lakes, glaciers and mountains. (245km) Two nights at Puyuhuapi Lodge & Spa or similar in Puyuhuapi.
The following day, visit the quaint village of Puyuhuapi and spend time hiking in the Queulat National Park. The park contains 1,541 km² (595 sq mi) of glacier-capped mountains and virgin evergreen forests.
Today´s trip continues past the Queulat National Park and through the spectacular valleys of the region. Shortly before arriving at the capital of the Aysén region Coyhaique, you will also pass through the Simpson National Reserve. (221km) Overnight in Coyhaique at Hotel Belisario Jara or similar.
11 - 12Days
Lago General Carrera
A beautiful but long drive (265 km) calls for an early departure. Your trip today will lead you to the immense Lake General Carrera. Stop for magnificent views from the various lookout points along the lengthy and uninhabited stretch of the Carretera Austral. Make sure you don’t miss a visit to the Marble Caves just after Puerto Tranquilo. You will spend two nights at Mallin Colorado or similar, near the shores of the lake.
Take delight in the beautiful landscapes and explore the surroundings of the lake.
After breakfast you will start to drive west. At the crossing with the Ruta 7 you will turn left, heading south along the river Baker towards the direction of Cochrane. After about 40 km you need to turn left towards the Chacabuco Valley; an wild region with a great diversity of terrain, wildlife and geology. The road has many curves, so drive carefully. (212km). Overnight at Hosteria Lago Posadas de Posadas or similar.
14 - 15Days
Today, you will set out for an especially long trip to El Chaltén along Route 40; the “Patagonian Highway”. El Chaltén is situated at the foot of the Fitz Roy Mountain Range. (530km) Two nights at Hotel Lunajuim or similar.
The next will be a relaxing and fun day in El Chaltén. We suggest hiking in the national park and visiting the Southern Ice Field. Another option is to join a boat trip to the Viedma Glacier in the morning.
16 - 17Days
You will drive around Lake Viedma today to reach another huge glacier lake called Lago Argentino. You will spend the nights at Sierra Nevada (or similar) on the shores of the lake in the village of El Calafate. (240km)
The following day, visit the magnificent glacier Perito Moreno, a true natural wonder. Specified trekking routes can be organised.
18 - 19Days
Torres del Paine
You will drive into Chile via Cerro Castillo through the vast pampa and arrive at one of the most beautiful national parks of the American continent; Torres del Paine. (350km). Two nights at Hotel Rio Serrano or similar
The following day, visit some of the various sites within the park, navigate to the Grey Glacier in a boat or trek along one of the trails to experience this magnificent landscape close up.
20 - 21Days
On this 4 to 6 hour drive to Punta Arenas you can visit the Milodón Cave where scientists discovered the remains of a gigantic sloth. To experience Patagonian wildlife, visit the Penguin Colony at the Otway Sound before arriving in Punta Arenas. When arriving Punta Arenas you can explore this historical city on the shores of the Magellanes Strait. Overnight at Hotel Cabo do Hornos or similar
Your amazing Patagonian adventure ends when you return your car at the airport for your flight back to Santiago.
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