Patagonia Adventure: 22 days in Chile and Argentina, South America!
A dream journey through Patagonia to the end of the world including crossing the Strait of Magellan twice!
Experience the wonders of Patagonia with us in a special way:
Both active and relaxed, with one of our vehicles for your exclusive use, enjoying the advantages of being part of an exclusive small group, with no more than 10 participants.
If you would like to travel in an even smaller group, with only your partner, family or even alone, we would be happy to advise you.
You will travel:
In an SUV or on a Travel-Enduro motorcycle, provided by us.
On request, possible October, November, December, January, February
Spectacular national parks, ancient caves, impressive glaciers, crossing the Strait of Magellan twice, crossing Tierra del Fuego, volcanoes, animal watching, and much more.
Exclusive hotels in typical style, private lodges, haciendas, and estancias
Santiago de Chile → Osorno (domestic flight in Chile)
Osorno → Hornopirén (Chile)
Hornopirén → Puyuhuapi (Chile)
Puyuhuapi → Coyhaique (Chile)
Coyhaique → Tres Lagos/Rio Baker (Chile)
Tres Lagos/Rio Baker → Perito Moreno (Argentina)
Perito Moreno → Gobernador Gregores (Argentina)
Gobernador Gregores → El Calafate (Argentina)
El Calafate → Villa Serrano (Chile)
Villa Serrano → Provinz Magallanes (Chile)
Provinz Magallanes → Río Grande (Argentina)
Río Grande → Ushuaia (Argentina)
Ushuaia → Seccion Russfin (Chile)
Seccion Russfin → Punta Arenas (Chile)
Punta Arenas → Santiago de Chile (domestic flight in Chile)
= Total distance about 3900 km
Patagonia lies in the extreme southern tip of South America and shared by Chile and Argentina. Known for a variety of landscapes not found anywhere else in the world, it never fails to impress visitors. The roads and trails of Patagonia take you through dreamy landscapes ranging from rain forests to fjords, past glaciers and volcanoes, between barren rock and abundant vegetation, through endless expanses, and all the way to the “end of the world”!
Day: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 |
Day 1 / Santiago de Chile
Evening departure from Frankfurt am Main, Germany for overnight flight
Morning arrival in Chile’s capital Santiago de Chile
Hotel transfer to listed, comfortable villa hotel in the famous arts & dining district of Bellavista
Welcome with a pisco sour, the ultimate Chilean national drink
After lunch, join us as we dive into central Santiago with a visit to Cerro San Cristobal, Santa Lucia, where the city was founded, and the famous Plaza de Armas, the central square at the heart of this metropolis of 7 million inhabitants. A look at the lifestyle and culture of Chile, see artists and performers, visit historical buildings... The 100% Chile experience
20:00 Dinner together in pleasant surroundings
Day 2 / Osorno
A breakfast of specialities in the hotel garden, if you wish
Morning flight to Osorno, the real start of our Patagonian journey. Arrival around 15:00. Osorno lies in the so-called Patagonian Switzerland.
In the afternoon, begin exploring the city, walk along the river Rahue, or just relax in the hotel and look forward to the adventures kicking off in high near the next day.
At about 17:00, we will pick up our vehicles, load them, and take them for a test spin as needed.
In the evening, a Chilean menu in the hotel restaurant awaits us and our appetites. The extensive buffet will offer the quality meats, good wines, and other specialities
Day 3 / Lago Llanquihue und Vulkan Osorno
08:00 Start first long stage (290 km)
We'll head to the south-east past impressive Lago Llanquihue, the second largest lake in Chile, to the foot of the Osorno Volcano. At 2,652 m, it has been called “Little Fuji” and is one of the most popular attractions and oft photographed panoramas in Chile.
After visiting the volcano and having lunch, we then head to Golfo de Ancud, the first kilometres via Ruta CH-7 and then via ferry to our destination: a small hosteria in Hornopirén with a genuine family atmosphere.
You might like to take a walk along the small harbour or enjoy a glass of good Chilean wine before dinner at the hotel’s bar. Dinner is served at about 21:00.
Day 4 / Golfo de Ancud und Carretera Austral
08:00 Drive to Hornopirén harbour and, because there are no highways in this part of Patagonia, we take a 4-hour ferry ride through the magnificent fjords of the Golfo de Ancud to the next stretch of highway at Caleta Gonzalo.
We will enjoy our picnic lunch during our leisurely ferry ride.
14:00 Continue driving the famous Carretera Austral (Ruta CH-7). This highway will take us through the wilderness of Patagonia and one of the most fantastic and spectacular nature experiences in all of South America.
After driving about 250 km on gravel slopes, we will reach our hotel around 19:30 in the town of Puyuhuapi
21:00 Dinner at the hotel
Day 5 / Queulat National Park or Relax
Today, you choose. We offer an extraordinary hike through Queulat National Park as one option. Various trails as short as 15 minutes are perfect for exploring this unspoilt, wild territory. A boat tour on Laguna Témpanos is also included to take you past the jagged edges of hanging glacier Ventisquero Colgante.
Alternatively, you can organise your own day around the spa/lodge situated in a wide narrow fjord between three national parks. The warm thermal baths at the hotel are perfect spots to relax in the open air. You might like to treat yourself to a relaxing massage in the hotel’s spa, use its indoor pool, or go on a guided exploration of the fjord by kayak.
The area around the hotel and fjord are perfect for active exploration by kayak or you might want to hike through the tropical forests surrounding the entire lodge.
20:30 Dinner at the hotel restaurant
Day 6 / Coyhaique
09:30 Boat transfer / 10:30 start for today’s 220 km drive, where we continue on the Carretera Austral through dense rainforest and surprisingly varied panoramas to the provincial capital of Coyhaique. The town lies at the foot of imposing Cerro Mackay. You will soon succumb to its charm. After all, its name in Mapuche means “A place where you settle down.”
At about 16:00, check-in at our beautiful boutique hotel
Afterwards, an opportunity to browse the town’s crafts markets or just watch the world go by from one of the lovely outdoor terraces
21:15 Dinner at a small restaurant in town
Day 7 / Marble Caves and Rio Baker
From 07:00 Breakfast with a view
08:30 Start of our next 280 km long drive on the Carretera Austral. One of the most difficult sections for the builders of Ruta CH-7, meandering as it does with almost innumerable twists and turns through swamps and rainforest to Puerto Rio Tranquilo on Lago General Carrera
In the afternoon, we will take an impressive boat tour to the natural “cathedrals” Capillas de Marmol, known for their amazing play of colour n the marble in the midst of giant boulders that have fallen from the cliff.
We will then follow the mighty stream of the Rio Baker and arrive at our destination, a cosy lakeside hacienda.
Day 8 / First Crossing to Argentina
From 08:00 Breakfast
10:00 Departure for today’s 230 km ride with border crossing to Argentina
The highway, with its stunning panoramic landscapes and majestic mountains in the distance leads us along Lago General Carrera to the small border town Chile Chico.
After crossing the border at Paso Rio Jeinemeni, there will be time for a short walk in Los Antiguos, lunch, or shopping for supplies before we follow the shores of Lago Buenos Aires to our destination Perito Moreno.
Expected arrival time about 17:00
In the evening, traditional, delicious Argentine cuisine.
Day 9 / Cave of the Hands and Mystical Pampa
09:00 Start of one of our longer rides, almost 330 km of gravel and asphalt roads through steppes, hilly landscapes, and the endless Pampa
11:30 Stopover at Cueva de las Manos (“Cave of the Hands”), a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the banks of the Rio Pinturas. This cave contains paintings going back thousands of years to the earliest inhabitants of this region.
At about 16:00 we will reach an idyllic, century-old estancia near Gobernador Gregores. You may like to explore the surrounding area on horseback.
20:30 Wonderfull dinner around an open fire
Day 10 / Steppe and El Calafate
From 08:30 Breakfast
Around 10:00 Departure
Before tomorrow’s rest/free day, we have another drive of 290 km across the steppe landscape of the province of Santa Cruz. One of the most sparsely populated regions of Argentina, almost uninhabited in many parts.
Around 17:00, we will arrive at our destination El Calafate on Lago Argentino. This pretty little town has become the tourist centre for Los Glaciares National Park, home to spectacular glacier Perito Moreno which draws visitors from around the world. We will visit it tomorrow.
Dinner at an insider restaurant with no closing time
Day 11 / Perito Moreno Glacier or Rest Day
11:00 Optional departure from the hotel to the glacier for a day trip to one of the most impressive sights in Patagonia: the Perito Moreno Glacier. Famous for its ice cliff reaching as high as 100 m and running for kilometres along Lago Argentino (which it frequently causes to dam up), this glacier will leave you spellbound. Surrounded by spectacular views and fascinating soundscapes and colours as blocks of ice break away, this 254 km2 ice giant fascinates always.
But, if you would rather relax, we understand. You might choose to have a spa day at the hotel or explore El Calafate on your own.
We will share our experiences around dinner in a cosy restaurant.
Day 12 / Back to Chile
09:00 Departure from El Calafate
Today’s ride of 280 km takes us through the Argentine province of Santa Cruz with its typical steppe for the last time to Paso Rio Don Guillermo.
We will cross the border back to Chile and, after many kilometres, reach our next destination, one of the special highlights of Patagonia: the unique Torres del Paine National Park with its majestic rock towers.
We plan on exploring a small part of the park by foot or by boat tomorrow with all who wish to join us.
About 18:00 Arrival at the hotel in Rio Serrano
20:00 Dinner with extensive buffet in a local atmosphere
Day 13 / Torres del Paine or Rest Day
Sleep in a little
09:00 Breakfast at the hotel restaurant with spectacular views
If you’d like, join us on a tour through parts of the famous Torres del Paine National Park.
We will see the “towers of the blue sky”, spectacular hiking trails, beautiful mountain massifs, huge glaciers, lakes shimmering in different colours, or take an impressive boat tour to Grey Glacier.
Alternatively, you can relax in the cosy hotel while enjoying the breath-taking views of the surrounding countryside, or explore the area on horseback.
At the end of the day, we will meet back at the hotel for dinner.
Day 14 / Región de Magallanes / Morro Chico
Around 10:30, we will leave Torres Del Paine National Park behind us and head south to the Magallanes y la Antártica Chilena Region. After visiting the Cueva del Milodón, we will take Ruta CH-9 to the quaint town of Puerto Natales with its extensive waterfront for a stop-over.
We then drive past the volcano Morro Chico and through a remote landscape crisscrossed with swamps and low woodlands as we steadily progress to the famous Strait of Magellan.
Our destination today is an idyllic, historic villa still owned by the family on whose farm we will be sending the night.
In the evening, our hosts will treat us to their family specialities.
Day 15 / Crossing the Strait of Magellan
Today’s is the longest stage on our journey (440 km) and will take us to Punta Delgada, the narrowest part of the Strait of Magellan.
From there, the ferry will takes us in just 20 minutes to the legendary island of Tierra del Fuego.
We drive through extensive grasslands and rocky, barren landscapes and then cross the border back to Argentina at Paso San Sebastián. A little further, we follow the Atlantic coast south to Rio Grande, the largest city in Tierra del Fuego. It is known as the “International Capital of Trout”.
Approx. 18:30 Arrival and hotel check-in
Day 16 / Tierra del Fuego
09:00 Departure to Ushuaia, the southernmost destination on our journey, the southernmost city of continental America, and the southernmost end of the Pan-American highway.
We will pass through diverse panoramas on today’s 220 km ride, first past Lago Fagnano then crossing the last, massive mountain ranges of Tierra del Fuego before we reach the Beagle Channel and the end of Ruta 3, the last section of highway in America.
After checking into our hotel, we will meet at 20:30 for dinner and celebrate in the city centre. Open End
Day 17 / Ushuaia
Free day. Today is yours to do with as you wish. Here are some suggestions:
Relax at the hotel and share your stories.
Go sightseeing or shopping in the city centre of Ushuaia.
Take a boat trip to Isla Navarino, the penguin colony on Isla de los Pajaros, or the famous lighthouse of Ushuaia.
Tour the former pirates’ prison.
Visit the museum of the Yamana people
Ride the prison train or double-decker bus, and so much more.
Around 19:00, we’ll meet up for dinner in a very nice city restaurant.
Day 18 / Through the heart of Tierra del Fuego
From 08:00 Relaxed breakfast admiring stunning views
At 10:30, we will start our 320 km ride along the only road that heads to Rio Grande. Shortly before the town, we will turn at Paso Rio Bellavista to cross the border back to Chile.
After crossing the border, we take the gravel roads at a more moderate pace as we continue across the pasture, steppe and marsh of the mysterious heart of Tierra del Fuego.
At around 16:00, we will reach a remote fishing lodge on the Rio Grande. Here we will relax, enjoy the wide views, fresh homemade delicacies, and reminisce about our memories around the fireplace.
Day 19 / Second Crossing of the Strait of Magellan
From 06:30 Breakfast
08:30 Departure on our final, 220 km ride along Inútil Bay to Porvenir.
Second crossing of the Strait of Magellan via ferry. Maybe a whale or some dolphins will accompany us as we cross the Strait of Magellan. During the crossing we will enjoy a snack.
16:30 Check-in at the historic hotel centrally located on the Plaza de Armas and then return of our vehicles.
At night, we will head to the Shackleton Bar and the world of famous explorer Ernest Shackleton before we enjoy ourselves at a dinner in one of the many city restaurants.
Contingency plan: in the event that the ferry from Porvenir is cancelled due to bad weather, an additional 330 km ride to Punta Arenas.
Day 20 / Punta Arenas
Free day. It’s your day to do as you wish:
Visit the regional handicraft market on the Plaza de Armas.
Visit the open-air ship museum Museo Nao Victoria.
Stroll along the beautiful beach promenade.
Boat tour and visit the penguin colonies on nearby islands.
Around 20:00 Dinner in a typical parrillada restaurant
Day 21 / Santiago and Return FlightMorning flight to Santiago de Chile
Earliest arrival from 09:30
Depending on your connecting flight, you may still have time for another stroll through this great southern city.