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London to Santiago
Kick off in Santiago, the country’s colourful and lively heart within sight of the snow-capped peaks of the Andes. You will be met at the airport and privately transferred to your boutique hotel in the cultural Lastarria neighbourhood where you will be spending one night.
Stay: One night in a standard room at Cumbres Lastarria
Aysén Region, Patagonia
This morning you will hop on a flight to the Balmaceda Airport where your self-drive adventure begins. Picking up your hire car, you will make your way through verdant forests and cross the famous pass that leads to the Cerro Castillo National Park. Continuing south, you will reach your accommodation for the next two nights.
The following day you will have more time to explore your exquisite surroundings. You could spend the morning hiking to the lookout point of the Exploradores Valley where you will be rewarded by a fantastic view of an immense glacier. In the afternoon you can take a kayaking trip across a glacial lake to reach the Marble Caves whose rock walls come in magnificent shades and swirls of blue.
Stay: Two nights in a standard room at El Puesto – bed & breakfast
Puerto Guadal – Chile Chico
The next day, after breakfast, you continue your journey south to reach your hotel beautifully situated on the shores of the General Carrera Lake. Enroute you can stop at the confluence of the Neff and Baker rivers, where you’ll find incredibly strong waters in dazzling shades of blue and green. You’ll have the evening at your leisure, which you can spend sightseeing in the area or relaxing by the lake’s exceptionally blue waters.
On day six you will drive through a parade of stunning landscapes featuring jagged cliffs and the snowy peaks of the Andes to reach the small town of Chile Chico. Set on the southern edge of General Carrera Lake, the town enjoys a sunny microclimate and close proximity to the Lago Jeinimeni National Reserve where you’ll find flaming-filled lagoons and great hiking trails.
Stay: Two nights in a standard cabin at Mirador de Gaudal – bed & breakfast
Today you will drive back to Balmaceda Airport where you will catch a flight to Punta Arenas, a city rich in cultural, historical and natural attractions. You can spend the day visiting monuments soaked in the history of past explorers, the main square, the navy and maritime museum and the famous Roca Street.
Stay: One night in a room with a city view at Yegua Loca – bed & breakfast
Your self-drive through Southern Chile now brings you to one of the country’s greatest natural highlights – Torres del Paine. Hailed as the Eighth Wonder of the World, the region boasts some of the most incredible scenery in Patagonia with landscapes dominated by glaciers, granite towers, azure-coloured lakes and the mighty Cordillera Paine mountains.
Spend the next few days exploring this World Biosphere Reserve on a variety of outdoor activities. These include hiking to lookout points, trekking around the base of peaks and visiting jaw-dropping glaciers.
Stay: Three nights in a standard room at Pampa Lodge – bed & breakfast
Santiago – Santa Rita Winery
Today you your self-drive comes to an end as you make your way back to Punta Arenas from Torres del Paine. Dropping off your car at the airport, you will catch a flight to Santiago and be transferred to your hotel.
The following day you will head out on a trip to the agricultural community of Bulin, and later to the celebrated Santa Rita Vineyard. Here you can indulge in a wine tasting session as well as learn more about the bottling and production process on a winery tour. In the afternoon you will get the chance to further explore the city of Santiago on a tour taking in the historic Santa Lucia Hill, the Central Market and the famous flower market. You’ll also stop for a traditional Chilean drink known as Cola de Mono.
Stay: Two nights in a standard room at Cumbres Lastarria – bed & breakfast
You will be picked up and privately transferred to the airport in time to board your flight home.
Catherine was so friendly, helpful & efficient that right from the start we felt our holiday was being well organised.- A.S. and T. Everson, Netherlands