SOUTHERN PATAGONIA Self Driving Tour
SOUTHERN PATAGONIA 8 days, 7 nights
El Calafate (2 nights) ↠ Puerto Natales (2 nights) ↠ Punta Arenas ↠ Ushuaia (2 nights)
Free package extension : +2 days for return Ushuaia ↠ Río Gallegos ↠ El Calafate
The Southern Patagonia is a world apart, magical, where nature reigns supreme and offers some of the most beautiful landscapes on the planet, with its majestic mountains at the end of the Andean Cordillera, the Strait of Magellan and the Patagonian steppe that leads to the “end of world city” Ushuaia.
The Perito Moreno, the glacier that goes forward and shatters under your eyes…
Full day boat excursion on Lake Argentino in the midst of giant icebergs to huge glaciers Upsala & Spegazzini
Happy hour in the Glaciobar (-10°C=14°F), with special clothing and footwear…
Sporty off-road excursion to Balcones de El Calafate, offering a great panoramic view to Cerro Huyliche and El Calafate
Torres del Paine National Park, a paradise for trekking, fauna and flora observation and photography.
Walk on the Costanera, in Punta Arenas, at the edge of the Strait of Magellan, which the greatest navigators challenged with their boats to access posterity
Fantastic drive in a no man´s land to the “end of world city” Ushuaia
Tierra del Fuego National park, the most southern park on the planet and the only one in Argentina with a combination of mountains, forest and sea.
Forget the stress of everyday life, take a little break to spend a few days in fabulous landscapes !
Arrival in El Calafate A
Full day in El Calafate
El Calafate - Perito Moreno Glacier - Puerto Natales B (430 km)
Full day in Torres Del Paine C (200 km)
Puerto Natales - Punta Arenas D (295 km)
Punta Arenas - Ushuaia F (441 km)
Full day in Ushuaia F (25 km)
OR Ushuaia - Río Gallegos G (580 km)
Río Gallegos - El Calafate A (305 km)
GUIDE AND ASSISTANCE VEHICLE : Yes or No ?
* The guide is permanently at the disposition of the group.
* The guide speaks several languages, including necessarily English and the language of the country, this can be useful if you do not master it enough.
* The guide knows the route and opens the convoy with the assistance vehicle, stopping at the best points of view. You are then free to follow him or go solo, to meet the group later in the day or in the evening at the hotel.
* The assistance vehicle carries the first aid kit, any excess baggage, a container of fuel, engine oil,...
* If necessary, the guide activates external services (insurance, mechanical repair, rescue,...).
* The guide takes care of check-in and check-out in hotels, restaurant orders, border crossing procedures, access to national parks, tourist sites and any other means of transport (local taxis, boat, plane),...
* Last but not least... the guide tells you about the country, the regions crossed, or even the places visited (when there is no local professional guide).
Note : For any convoy of 6 or more vehicles (excluding assistance vehicle opening the convoy), another assistance vehicle is included, which closes the convoy.
But... If you prefer adventure alone or in a small closed group and you speak the language of the country, you can do without a guide and assistance vehicle. You will have maps and GPS in the car, the same advanced logistics (vehicle rental, hotels, local guides, other means of transport,...), and a 24-hour hotline to resolve any unforeseen event.
Comfortable single, double, twin or triple suites or apartments with breakfast included and personalized customer service
Charming Hotels, Spas and Resorts in quiet and lovely areas, preferably surrounded by nature
History & Culture
Patagonia is known as a land of explorers, navigators and adventurers, but it is historically the land of the Amerindians. Since the first traces of human civilization around 35,000 BC, several tribes inhabited the region, mainly between 12,000 and 8,000 BC : the Picunches (the largest Mapuche community of that time), the Huilliches and Chonos in central Patagonia; the Onas, the Yagans and the Alacufes in southern Patagonia; and the Mánekenkes who lived in Tierra del Fuego for 10,000 years. In the Andes, these populations hunted guanacos, llamas, rheas and two extinct species : the mylodons (big bears with camelid heads) and hippidion horses. On the coast, they lived fishing on lenga bark canoes and also fed on Lhao-Lhao mushrooms.
After the discovery of the strait linking the Pacific and Atlantic oceans by the Portuguese navigator Fernando de Magellan in 1520, Patagonia became the scene of conflicts between the Mapuche Indians and the Spanish colonizers led by Pedro de Valdivia, who died in 1553, a year before the Mapuches of the chief Lautaro win the battle of Marihueñu. The Mapuches reconquered most of Araucania but the clashes continued until the nineteenth century, without, however, harming the progressive evangelization of Amerindians.
While enjoying fantastic landscapes, we can also feast on delicious local gastronomy !
Day by Day Program & Prices
Click on the button below to receive the detailed program, with prices, activities included,
mileage and duration of stages, tourist attractions, meeting points,...
You will get the DREAMFIRST status and consequently a special discount !
Rescheduling or Cancellation by Customer
Rescheduling (according to availability) :
- Free of charge up to 45 days before the start of your package
- With 25% increase less than 45 days before the start of your package
- Refund of 50% up to 45 days before the start of your package
- No refund less than 45 days before the start of your package