At Journey Latin America we use cookies to give you the best experience on our website. By continuing to browse, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on our website.
Find out more

Self-drive Chile: Vineyards, lake district and Patagonia

18 days from £4448pp

Book Holiday Enquire online

Self-drive Chile: Vineyards, lake district and Patagonia

18 days from £4448pp

Private Journey

For travellers who relish the freedom to explore independently, the Colchagua Valley is a rewarding region to discover by self-drive hire car. Some of Chile's finest wines are produced in these pretty, sunlit valleys, and many of the wineries welcome visitors. A distant Andean backdrop, sweeping views of vineyards and picturesque small towns add to the pleasure of discovering the Ruta del Vino independently. 

Continue by air to the lake district and collect your next car. You’ll immediately notice the difference in vegetation and topography: here meadows and pasture are dotted with pine forest-fringed, sapphire lakes overlooked by snowy volcanic cones. The roads here lead you to isolated settlements and soothing hot springs.

Head further south into deepest Patagonia to explore the primeval landscapes of glaciers, scoured valleys and needle-sharp mountain peaks, jacketing in ancient ice. This is real wilderness country but the roads are generally good quality and you can relax to enjoy the magnificent scenery.

Holiday itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Santiago. Transfer to hotel in the capital. Afternoon tour of the historic centre.

Day 2

Transfer to Santa Rita Vineyard; collect your car; drive to Santa Cruz.

Days 3-4

Explore the Colchagua Valley wine route by car.

Day 5

Drop off car, transfer back to Santiago.

Day 6

Fly to Temuco in the lake district; collect car; drive to Pucón.

Days 7-8

Explore the Pucón area by car.

Day 9

Drive to Huilo Huilo.

Day 10

Explore Huilo Huilo area.

Day 11

Drive to Puerto Varas in the shadow of Osorno volcano.

Day 12

Drive to Puerto Montt, drop off car; fly to Punta Arenas in southern Patagonia.

Day 13

Drive from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine National Park.

Days 14

Explore the area around Las Torres.

Days 15-16

Drive to Lago Grey. Explore the area around the lake, glacier and river Grey.

Day 17

Drop off car at airport and fly to Santiago.

Day 18

Transfer to airport for international flight home.

View itinerary details
Santiago and the vineyards
Places visited

Santiago and the vineyards

Vineyards of the Andes
Thing to do

Vineyards of the Andes self-drive

Atton El Bosque

Atton el Bosque


18 days from £4448pp

Book Online

Other holidays you may be interested in

View all holidays
Active Chile - Torres Del Paine

Active Chile: Trek in Torres Del Paine

13 days from £3744pp

Active Patagonia: Classic Treks in Argentina and Chile

Active Patagonia: Classic treks in Argentina and Chile

14 days from £3095pp

Torres del Paine National Park Chile

Nandu: Peaks and plains of Patagonia

21 days from £3208pp

Signature Patagonia: Glaciers of Chile and Argentina

Signature Patagonia: Glaciers of Chile and Argentina

17 days from £4309pp

For advice on travelling to Chile

Speak to an expert on 020 8747 8315 or enquire online

Request an itinerary

Articles you may like

Browse our inspiration area of the site. It's packed with insider travel tips, Top5s, competitions, events, recipes and holiday ideas for Central and South America sure to whet your travel appetite.

More inspiration
Journey with the UK's NO1 specialist in travel to latin america

We Love Latin America

  • A passion for the region runs through all we do
  • All our Consultants have lived or travelled extensively in Latin America
  • Up-to-the-minute knowledge underpinned by 35 years' experience

Full Financial Protection

  • Fully bonded and licensed
  • ATOL-protected
  • On your side when it matters
  • Book with confidence, knowing every penny is secure 

The Real Latin America

  • Our insider knowledge helps you go beyond the guidebooks
  • We hand-pick hotels with character and the most rewarding excursions
  • Let us show you the Latin America we know and love

Wanderlust Reader's Travel Awards - Top Ten Tour Operator 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015

Latin American Travel Association – Award for Customer Service 2012

Sunday Times Travel Magazine – Specialist Tour Operator 2012

Sunday Times Travel Magazine – Best Value Tour Operator 2011

Sunday Times Travel Magazine - Editor's Award2013

British Travel Awards – Best Small Tour Operator Central & South America 2011, 2012

Condé Nast Traveller – Top Ten Specialist Tour Operator: 2010, 2011, 2012

Guardian and Observer Travel Awards– Top Ten Small Tour Operator: 2009, 2010, 2012

Page Full Path: /sitecore/content/JLA/Home/destinations/chile/holidays/self-drive-chile-vineyards-lake-district-and-patagonia

Page ID: {4D07A9F6-E4D6-449C-871C-B59301E4F6C3}

Page Name: self-drive-chile-vineyards-lake-district-and-patagonia

Page Display Name: Self-drive Chile: Vineyards, lake district and Patagonia

Page Template Name: T013-Tour

Page Template ID: {9701B79C-85FD-4A45-8072-3FFF55338F72}

Parent ID: {2E3AF75F-8540-41EC-80C2-5E9E60A4C0D7}

Parent Name: holidays

Parent Display Name: Holidays

Parent Template Name: T007-Tours

Parent Template ID: {C007F36D-3091-4A02-8D0A-2302CE1DCA8E}