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Route of Parks Uncovered

An epic road trip through Patagonia | View photos »

Follow Patagonia's Route of Parks by land and sea, from the ancient forests of Pumalín all the way to legendary Cape Horn. Drive the Carretera Austral, hike in Torres del Paine and cruise through Tierra del Fuego. It's a self-drive journey which can be done all at once, or in chapters.

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Fly to Santiago

Arrive in Santiago this morning to meet your guide at the airport. After dropping off your bags at the hotel, you might head out to get to know some of Chile's buzzing capital. Santiago is a thriving modern city, with a lively arts scene, so there’s plenty of vibrant culture to immerse yourselves in if you like. If it’s clear, and you’re looking to stretch your legs, head up Cerro San Cristobal near your hotel for lovely views over the city and surrounding mountains.

To the Lake District

Fly south to the Chilean Lakes to stay in Puerto Varas, where the snow-capped Osorno Volcano and the turquoise Lago Llanquihue provide the backdrop. You'll pick up your 4x4 vehicle from the airport and head to your boutique hotel - a rennovated wooden house, full of character, just outside the centre and close to the lake. In the afternoon your guide will acompany you on a walk through the town's pretty streets and historic houses. End at a local bar to enjoy tapas and wine looking out over the lake as the sun sets - if you are lucky. This weather in this area is fickle!

Walk through ancient forests

Today is yours to explore with your car. The Vicente Rosales Park offers a wonderful combination of open landscapes and woods, with views of Lago Todos los Santos on one side, Osorno Volcano on the other and the peak of Puntiagudo ahead. Another lovely option is to visit the Alerce Andino National Park to walk amongst the oldest trees on earth – some up to 4,000 years old. It's the first of 12 parks from the Route of Parks you can visit on this trip.

Head south by road and ferry

Today you will begin your epic road trip south through Patagonia, travelling by road and ferry through some wonderfully scenic areas. The bulk of the day will be spent on the ferry from Hornopirén with the snowy peak of the same name towering overhead, the beautiful Patagonian fjords stretching out ahead of you. It’s a lovely taste of what’s to come. After five hours you’ll reach the tiny outpost of Caleta Gonzalo, where you find your surprisingly comfortable cabins.

Walking in Pumalín

The vast Conservación Patagonia project protects the beautiful virgin forests of Pumalín. Today you can choose to follow any of the well-marked trails within striking distance of your cabins. Our favourite takes you along wooden walkways into gorgeous temperate rainforest to a remote high waterfall. A short drive away is the Alerce trail, a very easy route which allows you to see some beautiful and ancient alerce trees - the most valuable and precious of the trees in this ecosystem.

Walk to a dramatic caldera

For most of this morning you will be driving inside the Pumalín park, with several well-marked trails to access. The most emblematic leads to the enormous caldera of Chaitén Volcano, within which sits the new, smaller and active cone of the volcano. Gas and steam constantly flow now making an undeniably dramatic vista and evidence of the destructive power of volcanoes. Having been dormant for 9,500 years, the catastrophic eruption in 2008 caught everyone by surprise. As you reach Chaitén, you will see the destructive power even more. Continue south towards the town of Futaleufú.

Enjoy Fú's famous river waves

The Fú River has been a magnet for serious white-water enthusiasts for many long years, with what are said to be the largest river waves in the world. There are two classic options for rafting here, the first is the 'bridge to bridge' (Puente a Puente) run of 10km generally grade IV waters, just about suitable for people without previous experience. The second is the wild with 18km of grade iv & v including the famous 'Terminator' and 'Throne Room'. Those without experience need not apply. Rafting is to be arranged locally by you.

Futaleufú's temperate forests

You might dedicate today to more rafting, or perhaps walking. A 2.5km path zig-zags up to Piedra del Aguila, from where panoramic views across the river valley await. Alternatively, there are walks of varying length and difficulty through the precious Valdivian rainforest in the Reserva Nacional Futaleufú. Hike to a waterfall, past the 'mirror lake' or to memorable lookout points, with few others for company.

Drive south through stunning landscapes

Today's drive takes around three hours, though always with lovely views to enjoy. If you want to walk en route, you will pass the El Puma trail in the north of Queulat National Park. Though the upper parts are usually under snow well into December, the lower stretches are well worth the effort at any time of year. Stop for lunch in the charming small town of Puyuhuapi, set up by immigrants from the Sudetenland back in the 1930s. Continue to your friendly and comfortable lodge near the fjord's edge.

Kayak and walk in Queulat National Park

Accompanied by your guide, you will cross the river to pick up a trail leading into the heart of the precious temperate rainforest. This is an ecosystem found in only five places on earth. There is a huge variety of tree species and a very rich understory, which tends to be full of mosses, ferns and lichens. A viewpoint up on the side gives you amazing views. Later you will kayak along the fjord or take a boat to an island to observe marine mammals and the rich birdlife whilst enjoying the peace and quiet, as well as a delicious picnic.

Hike to a hanging glacier

The most emblematic feature of Queulat is the hanging glacier. Spilling off the top of a cliff, the glacier contrasts dramatically with the rocky cliff face and surrounding forests. The 3km path up to the viewpoint winds through the forest, but the view from the top is the real star, with more or less eye-level views of the glacier on the far side of the valley. For those who don't feel energetic, there is a boat along the lagoon from where you can see the glacier. Continue by road to your comfortable lodge at Coyhaique, surrounded by mountains.

Walking in the Coyhaique Natural Reserve

Today, a guide will take you on a long but leisurely walk through the Coyhaique Natural Reserve which sits right on the edge of the town. There are various routes to choose from, including more challenging hikes to peaks in the Rio Simpson Reserve - so the walk can be tailored to be longer or shorter to suit you.

Cross Lago General Carrera

Today you will drive through open valleys and beautiful landscapes and then cross the remarkably blue waters of Lago General Carrera, South America's second largest lake. The ferry ride takes approximately two hours, usually in the late afternoon, and drops you off at the frontier town of Chile Chico, on the south side of the lake. Spend the next couple of nights in this lakeside town with a sunny, and windy, microclimate.

Walk in Jeinimeni's lunar landscapes

Chile Chico sits in the rain shadow of the Andes which is what gives it a relatively dry and sunny climate. The nearby mountains of Jeinimeini create a second rain shadow which makes parts of the reserve resemble deserts of the north of Chile. The 7km loop in the reserve is a truly wonderful hike, one of the most varied and unexpected you will find anywhere. A rocky gorge leads up to a low mountain pass from where you have lovely views back towards the blue waters of the lake. On the far side of the pass, you find some of the oldest cave paintings in the region. This is an unmissable day of walking, take a picnic, and enjoy the peace and quiet of this great corner of Aysén.

Take the scenic road to Cochrane

The road along the southern shore of Lago General Carrera is one of the most beautiful stretches in all of Patagonia, so take time to stop and admire the views along the way and the extraordinary colour of the Baker River. A little further on are the Confluencia waterfalls, where the heavily sedimented Neff River joins the Baker to create an even more spectacular colour of water. This afternoon you continue to the charming small town of Cochrane.

Experience life at a local estancia

Spend the day in the countryside near Cochrane experiencing a day in the life of a local farmer. What you do will depend on the season, the weather and what's going on that week. It is very much an immersive, 'day in the life' type experience and nothing at all 'touristy' so don't expect things to be slick. It is as hands on as you want it to be. If you want to understand Patagonia, you need to meet the people who call it home.

Guided walk in Parque Patagonia

Your destination today is one of the largest private donations of land in the history of conservation. You will be treated to beautiful views over the whole Chacabuco Valley with the Andes beyond. Pass through native forests full of birdlife. The walk is punctuated by a series of beautiful high lakes. You have a decent change to see condors and will certainly see lots of guanacos. Less common are puma, though there is a lot of evidence of their presence.

Walk in Tamango and drive to Tortel

You might start today with a self-guided walk in the Tamango Reserve. It has a series of well-marked trails for you to explore and hopefully spot a Huemul - Chile's seriously endangered dwarf deer. It is also home to the Cochrane River, one of the clearest in the world. The road south follows the Baker River to the coastal village of Tortel. The vegetation becomes incredibly green as you pass through temperate rainforest, the scenery is reminiscent of the Amazon at times. Since the road only reaches the edge of the village, leave your car and follow the maze of wooden walkways to your charming small hotel.

Visit a remote glacier by boat

From Tortel head out across a stretch of open sea to reach a little-visited glacier in one of the strands of the Southern Patagonian Icefield. This is a rare opportunity for you to see a dramatic and remote ice field without anyone else in sight. The boat itself is very comfortable, it even has a stove inside so the navigation is very much part of the fun of the day. Mind you, so is the idea returning to a glass of wine and delicious meal in your lovely lodge.

Start your journey back north to Guadal

Today's drive is fairly long, but there's lots of opportunity to stop along the way. You pass Parque Patagonia again, so you can walk for a few more hours in the park. If you missed the Confluencia on the way down then that is something you should see. Equally, your lodge overlooking Lago General Carrera is wonderfully welcoming so there's no shame in making your way straight there.

Fossil beds & beech forests

Today's walk leads you up through the beautiful old southern beech forests above your lodge and onto a treeless plateau. The views are incredible, with the icy Andes to one side, Lago Carrera ahead and the peaks of Jeinimeini off to the east. However, it is underfoot that things are surprisingly interesting - the entire area is a fossil bed. Return downhill for to relax, go horse-riding, or, for something unforgettable, fly over the ice fields in a helicopter

A private picnic next to a glacier

Your lunch buddy today is the remote Leones Glacier, reached via a fast, often bumpy, ride across Lago General Carrera on a jet boat, before heading upriver as far as possible. A gentle walk through dwarf beech forest takes you up to the edge of a 10km long glacial lagoon and a second small boat takes you all the way to the face of the glacier. It spills beautifully down the face of the surrounding mountains to calve dramatically into the lagoon. Settle in for a picnic lunch on the rocks in front of the glacier as you watch this beautiful display of nature in glorious isolation.

Drive to Cerro Castillo via the Marble Caves

Your route for this morning skims the edge of the Lago General Carrera again, so more wonderful views await. Set off in good time to visit the marble caves from Bahia Mansa early in the morning. The caves are beautiful marble formations eroded by the wind and water of the vast lake. The light in the morning, when combined with the colour of the water and the rocks, makes it really very beautiful. Your two nights in the village of Cerro Castillo is spent in a simpler lodge than is the case for the rest of your trip.

Hike in Cerro Castillo

Cerro Castillo is still a little-known gem of Chilean Patagonia, so walking here is a real treat with fantastic landscapes and few other people. There are different options for your walk today, including the steep hike up and back to the lagoon underneath the main peaks of Cerro Castillo. However, the best route in the park leads steadily uphill through beautiful southern beech forests into a circus of dramatic high peaks and the Duff lagoon. It is a remarkably comfortable 20km walk considering just how dramatic your surroundings are.

Drop off car & fly south

You finish the Carretera Austral leg of your journey as you drop off the car at Balmaceda Airport and fly south to Punta Arenas, capital of the Magellanes region. Pick up your new wheels and drive to the small town of Puerto Natales, where you stay for two nights. Your hotel looks out across the shore, with views to the Última Esperanza Sound and the Balmaceda Glacier. It's a lovely place to go for a walk on arrival.

Mountains, caves and condors

Within easy reach of your lodge are opportunities to horse-ride, kayak, cycle or go fishing, as well as boat navigations to nearby glaciers. There are also plenty of walking opportunities, with various trail heads a relatively short drive away. One of the best trails leads up Cerro Benítez, from where stunning views to Laguna Sofía abound. Condors can often be seen from the nearby mirador. The Cueva del Milodón offers some insight into the human and geological history of the far south. Go early to avoid the tour groups.

Drive to Torres del Paine

Torres del Paine is unique in being home to all of the different landscapes of Patagonia in one small area; pampa, glaciers, forest and mountains. As you drive out of Puerto Natales the landscape changes, becoming increasingly dramatic as you approach the Paine massif. The main range is unmistakable when it first comes into view, there are lots of photo opportunities as you travel. Stay in a hotel just outside the park boundary but with amazing views of the mountains.

Glacier Grey & walk

Today is flexbile as you enter the national park for the first time, but you might like to walk through dwarf beech forests to a spectacular viewpoint over Glacier Grey. The southern shores of Lago Grey are also home to beautiful, mature beech forest. It is a short walk through here to get to the beach, where you might be treated to the sight of icebergs floating close to shore. Another option is take a boat trip up to the surface of the glacier, hopefully seeing huge chunks of ice calving into the lake. There are also routes in the southern foothills of the park, as well as others to waterfalls and viewpoints over the main mountain massif.

Follow the fauna trail through open steppe

After breakfast you will drive across the national park and into the eastern sector of Torres del Paine. En route you can follow the fauna trail across an area of arid open steppe, where you can see guanacos, foxes, armadillos and perhaps, if you're lucky, pumas. The day ends with your arrival at your accommodation in the east of the park. During the summer late sunsets mean you have plenty of light to admire your surroundings.

Walk a trail at Laguna Azul

Laguna Azul is wonderfully off the beaten track. It sits high up on the eastern edge of the park, well north of the road which cuts through the park. It's in this part of the park that you get the best birdlife as well as grazing herds of guanaco. You are also treated to great views of the Torres, this time beautifully reflected in the rich blue waters. The walk itself skirts around the edge of the lake and loops through the surrounding countryside. If you are feeling energetic, you can follow the much longer path across the hills to Laguna Cebolla, a smaller but pretty lake looking out over the valley of the Rio Paine.

Hike to the Torres

As ever, there is no shortage of walks to choose from. If you want to stretch yourself you could take on the most famous hike in the park - the Torres del Paine. Walk steadily uphill through the Ascencio Valley and through beech forests, crossing rivers, to get to the steep glacial moraine beneath the towers. On a clear day at the top you have wonderful views of the small lake, glacier and towers beyond. The famous Torres reach 2,900m, three gigantic granite monoliths, the remains of a great cirque sheared away by the forces of glacial ice.

Cross into Argentina

From Torres del Paine you will drive out of the park and head south until you reach the small town of Cerro Castillo (not to be confused with the one further north). Follow the highway north and skirt around the edges of the shimmering Argentina and Viedma lakes, where the views are rather spectacular. Settle in to your comfortable lodge this evening. El Chaltén village itself is rustic, but what makes it special is its location, at the foot of the spectacular Cerro Fitzroy. While you shouldn’t expect fancy accommodation and restaurants, it really is all about the access it offers to some of the best hiking in South America.

Guided walking in Fitz Roy

The exact content of the day is flexible, your guide will be able to adjust the route according to your mood and energy levels. Our favourite walk leads below the granite walls of the Fitzroy massif and up to Laguna de Los Tres. The lake is a wonderful turquoise blue colour and sits at the foot of the massif, offering close up views of the spires as they rise up from the surrounding glaciers. Fitzroy is considered one of the most beautiful mountains on Earth.

Self-guided walks in Fitz Roy

Spend another day exploring at your own pace. There are many self-guided trails you can follow or you could drive further up the valley to visit the impressive Lago del Desert. Whichever way you choose to go, the birdlife in particular is fantastic and the scenery unforgettable. Return to your comfortable hotel for a final night in El Chalten.

Stay at a traditional estancia

It's a shorter drive today to a beautiful estancia, set in 12,000 hectares of mountains and nature on the shores of the Lago Argentino. This is a working sheep and cattle farm that has been owned by the same family for four generations, and they open their arms to travellers with a warm welcome. As well as visiting the nearby Perito Moreno Glacier, your time here can be spent walking self-guided trails, horseback riding, watching and interacting with the gauchos.

Visit Perito Moreno without the crowds

The day begins at the estancia at first light and finishes at dusk, so you can really get stuck in with the gauchos and experience their rural lifestyle first hand if you wish. In terms of walking, the network of trails in and around the estancia provides you with hours of walking time, so if you haven't already, you might like to head out on one of the paths. Drive out to the Perito Moreno Glacier, one of only three in Patagonia which is not retreating. Arriving later in the day, or first thing in the morning, helps you avoid the crowds.

Wander between volcanic rock formations

The drive back to Chile is a long one, so head out early to give yourself plenty of time to visit the lovely and little-known national park of Pali Aike, just over the border into Chile. The volcanic rock formations are tinted all manner of wonderful colours by the minerals found here. It's a beautiful, desolate landscape, which you are more likely to share with guanacos and foxes rather than other visitors. Finish the day in Punta Arenas, where you stay for two nights.

Relax or go for a walk at the end of the continent

With your expedition cruise starting tomorrow, today can be taken at a pretty relaxed pace. It's not every day that you get to wander round at the end of the earth, so we give you time to soak in the surroundings. If you're feeling energetic, there are some lovely walks to be done around Cabo Froward, an hour or so from the hotel by road. Walk along the shorefront to the lighthouse of San Isidro, with lovely views across the Strait of Magellan.

Board your expedition vessel

Spend the next four nights on board cruising the Magellan Straits to Tierra del Fuego and on to Cape Horn. Settle into your very comfortable cabin and get to know your way around the ship. The Australis vessels are extremely spacious for their capacity, with a number of lounges and viewing areas.

Penguins, sea birds & elephant seals

Wake up early to watch the ship navigate to the Marinelli Glacier. Disembark later to walk through a lovely Magellanic forest as far as a beaver dam. With luck today you will see good numbers of indigenous wildlife. On the beach you will hopefully be able to see a colony of elephant seals, although as they are more active than they may appear, this is not guaranteed. Climbing into the zodiacs this afternoon, you will visit the more reliably located Magellanic penguins and cormorants.

Glorious glaciers abound

You are headed for the main part of the Beagle Channel today, where Australis will enter the Pia Fjord and visit the Pia Glacier. Walk to a viewpoint ideal for seeing the glacier along its entire length, from mountain to the sea. This afternoon you navigate along the northwest arm of the Beagle Channel through majestic “Glacier Alley” - the number of glaciers in close proximity here is one reason why this cruise is sometimes thought of as a “mini-Antarctic” experience.

Set foot on Cape Horn

Sail through the Beagle and Murray Channels where, weather permitting, you will disembark onto Cape Horn - a sheer, 400 metre high promontory which marks the point where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans merge. It is a place of legend, which made its reputation on the perilous seas which swirl around it and which claimed countless lives whilst ships attempted to ‘round the Horn’ in centuries gone by. Today, the going is infinitely smoother, but it’s called an expedition cruise for a reason. Precious few get to experience life at latitude 50.

Disembark & fly to Buenos Aires

This morning you will disembark at Ushuaia after breakfast and travel the short distance to the airport to fly north to Buenos Aires. You will be met on arrival by your guide, who will help you to settle in to your charming hotel. Today is your’s to relax and stroll to one of the nearby restaurants for dinner tonight. Argentina’s capital is a thriving modern city, with a lively arts scene, splendid architecture. and a wonderful dining scene.

Inside Buenos Aires with your guide

Spend this morning in the company of your own private guide who can take you on and off the beaten track in this lively and beautiful city. You will have a car at your disposal, but we recommend getting out and walking for some of the tour. Rather than follow a specific route, you basically just let them know what sorts of things you like to see and they can take you. This afternoon you might like to explore the enormous and rather lovely Recoleta cemetery.

Fly home

After six weeks of poking around in just about every corner of Chilean Patagonia and huge chunks of the Argentine region, it's time to head home. Your guide will collect you from your hotel and take you to the airport in plenty of time for your flight home. If this quick summary has whetted your appetite for a tailor-made trip along the Route of Parks, we'd love to talk to you about tailoring something that is just right for you. See below for various ways to get in touch or request a full PDF itinerary for more details of this trip.

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Summary

This holiday requires an adventurous spirit, so being active will be extremely well rewarded throughout. There is a lot of flexibility to adapt things, both before you depart and during the trip, to your energy levels and interests. If you are with a guide, they can usually adapt the day to suit how you are feeling. Whilst walking is the primary activity throughout the trip, there are opportunities for kayaking, river rafting, ice hiking and horse riding as you go.

You will also spend a lot of time on the road, but the driving on this trip is largely on good paved roads. South of Coyhaique on the Carretera, they are mainly unpaved roads but surfaces are treated. We include the largest available 4x4 vehicles which are substantial and comfortable. Distances covered on unpaved sections are generally not large - anywhere from 75km - 200km in any one go.

There is nothing particularly high impact on the Australis cruise, with most walks being relatively short and easy, though driving wind can sometimes make things trickier. It is an expedition cruise by nature, so the idea is to approach it with this spirit of adventure.

If you want a shorter version of this trip, focused solely on the Carretera Austral, take a look out our three-week Carretera Uncovered itinerary.

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Level of activity

The price is per person based on two people sharing and includes:

First-class accommodation with breakfast and some lunches and dinners
4-night Australis expedition cruise with all transfers, meals and excursions
Internal flights
Private airport transfers throughout
Car ferry crossing tickets
Full-size 4x4 vehicle rental
Private tours in Santiago, Puerto Varas and Buenos Aires
Private guided excursions and walks along the Carretera as described
Private guided hike in El Chaltén
Chile Holiday Guide with personal recommendations
Chile driving guide
Detailed walking notes
Pura’s expertise, local contacts, support and advice throughout

International flights are quoted separately for this holiday. Best routing is into Santiago (SCL) and out of Buenos Aires (EZE).

Level of comfort

We use the best small hotels and lodges in each place, so this holiday is very comfortable.

In Santiago and Buenos Aires, you stay in very comfortable city-centre hotels. Down in Southern Chile, you stay in some lovely small hotels in the Lake District before hitting the Carretera Austral. Here the hotels and lodges have reached a great moment whereby we have a wonderful selection of very high-quality small hotels for you to stay in. These are not luxury properties, but rather very clean and comfortable owner run places where the welcome is as warm as you’ll find anywhere in the world.

In Torres del Paine your first hotel is roughly equivalent to a 4* place, nothing very pretty to look at but with incredible views. The second accommodation is a camp of semi-permanent dome tents, each with their own bathroom, set up against the mountains. This is the most comfortable way to experience Torres del Paine close up.

For Cape Horn you cruise on board a small expedition ship built for 210 passengers, launched in early 2018 she is very comfortable indeed.

For more details, please get in touch to request a detailed PDF itinerary.

Level of culture

This trip can be done all at once if you have the time, or in chapters if you don’t. So you might focus on the Carretera Austral first, or perhaps Torres del Paine and the Australis cruise. If you want to visit Chile’s Route of Parks, then the best starting point is to get in touch and share your ideas and timeframes. From there we can make recommendations and agree a version of this trip, tailored to you.

Over 20 years of travelling up and down Chilean Patagonia, we have extensive first-hand knowledge with which we can tailor this trip and make it personal to you. It might be adjusting the length of the trip or combining it with another part of Chile, or perhaps even other parts of South America. Equally, if you have specific interests or curiosities that you might like to indulge – rafting or condor-watching for example – then we can also factor that in to a personalised itinerary.

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Practicalities

This is Patagonia. It is unvarnished but for those of us who like our travels to ignite the exploring spirit in us – there can be few better places in the world. It is a source of great pride that we have such close relationships with a wonderful group of partners down here, who we entrust to introduce you to the Patagonian way of life, as well as the amazing scenery.

Over the course of your trip you will visit many of the 17 national parks protected by the world’s most ambitious conservation projects; the Route of Parks. This project, officially launched in Europe in conjunction with Pura Aventura, protects 24 ecosystems and 60 communities, across 2,800km of Patagonia, from the Lake District to Cape Horn. Eco-tourism will offer ranchers and local people across 60 communities a more sustainable and lucrative source of income and a sensitive and considered way for us all to experience these wonderful environments.

Departs

Departs any day to suit you from October to April. For more detailed information, take a look at our when to visit Chile section.

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