Self Drive Austral Road
DAY 1-DAY 3: PUERTO MONTT-PUMALIN
Pick up your rental at Puerto Montt Airport. Drive south on the famous Carretera Austral on gravel roads taking the “bimodal” route. After approx. 225 km you will arrive to Pumalin Park. 02 overnights in Caleta Gonzalo Cabins.
DAY 3-DAY 4: PUMALIN – FUTALEUFU
Continue your journey further south, until you reach Villa Santa Lucia from where you will head towards the east until you arrive towards Futaleufu, where you will spend 01 overnight.
DAY 4- DAY 6: FUTALEUFU – PANGUE
Leave Futaleufu and head back to the south. Passing by tranquil lakes you will finally arrive at El Pangue. 02 Overnights at Pange Lodge.
DAY 6- DAY 7: PANGUE- COYHAIQUE
Your journey continues southbound along the Carretera Austral. Before reaching Coyhaique you will pass by a breathtaking lookout point with spectacular views of the valley.
DAY 7 – DAY 9: COYHAIQUE – CAMPO ALACALUF
Drive further south until you reach Puerto Tranquilo, where you will head toward the Exploradores Valley until you reach Campo Alacaluf. 02 overnights to explore the valley and visit San Rafael Lagune.
DAY 9 – DAY 11: ALACALUF -MIRADOR GUADAL
Drive back to Puerto Tranquilo and keep driving towards the south, until you find the route 265, heading to Chile Chico. 11 km. afterwards, you will arrive to Mirador Guadal, where you will spend 02 nights.
DAY 11 – DAY 12: GUADAL – TORTEL
Go back to Route 07 and keep exploring the Southern Carretera Austral. You will arrive to Cochrane, and from there is a 128 km drive down to Tortel. Overnight at Entre Hielos Lodge.
DAY 12 – DAY 14: TORTEL- VILLA OHIGGINS
Today you will reach the end of the Austral road. Leave Tortel and take route 07 towards the south. You will arrive to Puerto Yungay, where you will have to take the 40 minutes ferry to cross the fjord (please check the schedule in advance). After the crossing, driver 100 km. more until you reach to Villa oHiggins. 02 overnights at Robinson Crusoe Deep Patagonia Lodge.
DAY 14 – DAY 15: VILLA OHIGGINS- ESTANCIA CHACABUCO
Make your way back to Cochrane, and from there head towards the east, getting inside the Chacabuco Valley. 01 Overnight at Estancia Chacabuco.
DAY 15 – DAY 16: ESTANCIA CHACABUCO- CUEVA DE LAS MANOS
Leave Chacabuco Valley, always towards the east until you reach the frontier (Paso Roballos). Keep driving through rout 41 and once you arrive to route 40, follow the signs towards the”Cueva de Las Manos”. 01 Overnight at Hosteria Cueva de las Manos.
DAY 16 – 18: CUEVA DE LAS MANOS – EL CHALTEN
Take route 40 towards the south until you reach route 23, towards El Chalten, where you will spend 02 overnights exploring the area.
DAY 18 – 20: EL CHALTEN- CALAFATE
Go back to route 40, and keep driving further south until you reach route 11, where you will head toward the west until you arrive to Calafate. We recommend 02 overnights here, to have enough time to visit the Perito Moreno Glacier.
DAY 20 -23: CALAFATE – TORRES DEL PAINE
Take route 40, and drive towards the south. Enter Chile trough Cancho Carrera frontier (Argentinean side), and after crossing the border you will arrive to Cerro Castillo Town. From here is around 01 hour driving until the entrance of the Park. We recommend 03 overnights to explore this amazing area. There are many accommodations options, depending on your preferences.
DAY 23: ARRIVAL TO PUNTA ARENAS
Drive back to Cerrro Castillo, and then follow the signs down to Puerto Natales. From this town, it is a 03 hour drive to Punta Arenas. You can return your rental car at Punta Arenas airport, and fly to your next destination or spend 01 overnight in Punta Arenas, to depart the next morning.