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Self-drive Chile: Off the beaten track

14 days from £3,174pp

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Self-drive Chile: Off the beaten track

14 days from £3,174pp

Price excludes international flights at the beginning and end of the trip

 

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This holiday goes off the beaten track to discover some of the more sparsely populated corners of this wildly beautiful country, including the Carretera Austral, only completed in the early 1980s and the first proper road to negotiate this fractured region of fjords, glaciers and rivers.

A 4,000km long, skinny coastal strip backed by the Andes mountain range, Chile has a variety of climate and landscape to match its changing latitudes. This holiday explores a little visited part of Patagonia. First, we take you exploring the back-roads of the deeply traditional island of Chiloé and intact, ancient forests in the lake district. The most rewarding way to explore your next destination, Aisén (Chile’s Region XI), is in your own hire vehicle. An area of staggering natural beauty, Aisén was for centuries neglected: its fractured landscape of fjords and glaciers hard to negotiate, its agricultural potential meagre, its natural resources hidden away. Political dissidents were sent into exile here, and immigrants from persecution also found peace among the pines. Now the region is opening up to visitors. The Austral Road offers one of South America’s great iconic road trips with scenery of almost unimaginable beauty. To help you on your way, all your hotels are pre-booked and we have suggested a route to help you get the most out of this magnificent region.

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Holiday itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Santiago. Transfer to hotel in an arty up-and-coming district of the capital.

Day 2

Transfer to airport and fly to Chiloé Island. Visit Dalcahue port and Castro, the capital.

Day 3

Guided tour of the surrounding area.

Day 4

Take a ferry to Quinchao island. Onward ferry to the mainland, continue to Puerto Varas.

Day 5

Guided excursion to Alerce Andino National Park.

Day 6

Fly to Balmaceda in Patagonia, collect hire vehicle, and drive to Puerto Rio Tranquilo.

Day 7

At leisure to explore the region.

Day 8

Drive to Caleta Tortel, a village on the Carretera Austral.

Day 9

At leisure to explore the area.

Day 10

Drive to Puerto Guadal on the shores of Lake General Carrera.

Day 11

At leisure to discover local highlights.

Day 12

Drop off car at Balmaceda airport and fly to Santiago.

Day 13

At leisure to explore the capital.

Day 14

Transfer to airport for international flight home.

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Included in this holiday

Santiago and the vineyards
Places visited

 
Self-Drive on the Austral Road
Things to do

 
Hosteria Su Merced
Accommodation

 

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