The Infamous Route 40 - Bariloche- El Chalten

The epic Ruta 40 runs alongside the Andes for over 5000km in total. This expedition takes in everything from hanging glaciers to ancient cave paintings and gives you the chance to try horse trekking from remote estancias or rafting on the river Futaleufu, all in a fantastic area that too many people only pass through.

7 Days

$1,755

The Infamous Route 40 - Bariloche- El Chalten - 7 - $1,755

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Join the Carretera Austral, which has a reputation of being South America's best road trip
  • Continue on your road-trip, arrive in fishing village near the Chilean Fiords in a setting of incomparable beauty 
  • Take the rare opportunity to get up close and personal to a spectacular hanging glacier in the Queulat National Park
  • Join the famous Route 40 in Argentina, paralleling the remarkable Andean mountain range
  • Make a special visit to Cueva de los Manos (Cave of the Hands), one of the most important archaelogical sites in South America

Start from Bariloche and end at El Chaltén

Landmarks visited on The Infamous Route 40 - Bariloche- El Chalten

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Bariloche - Futaleufu

Departing from Bariloche, located in the heart of Argentina's Lakes District, we head south and cross the mighty Futaleufu River into Chiles remote southern region, the Carretera Austral. Cross into Chile and hit the Carretera Austral 'Southern Road', with a reputation as South America's best road trip. The Carretera Austral (Southern Road) is a remote, unspoiled region of intense natural beauty and is often referred to as one of South America's best road trips.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Note: This tour begins with departure from Bariloche, as such we recommend a minimum of one night pre tour accommodation in Bariloche before beginning the tour. This tour also connects with our Lakes District Discovery expedition that starts in Santiago and ends in Bariloche.


Day 2: Futaleufu - Queulat National Park

We continue along the picturesque Carretera Austral stopping along the way to take photos and admire the spectacular natural vistas. Wild rivers flow through lush forests, rolling hills give way to snow-capped mountains, waterfalls tumble along steep cliff faces, and the world is reflected in mirror like lakes. At lunch time will arrive at the coastal fishing village of Puyuhuapi, located on the edge of the Chilean Fiords in a setting of incomparable beauty. Tonight we will spend the night in a lodge located on the edge of the Chilean Fjords.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner


Day 3: Queulat National Park

Take the rare opportunity to get up close and personal to a spectacular hanging glacier in the Queulat National Park. Nature at its finest! We will take a hike to get close to the spectacular Hanging Glacier which is the magnificent centerpiece of the park. Enjoy being surrounded by virgin evergreen forests made up by species like coihue, tepa, tepuala, and Chilean rhubarbs. After lunch hike to a nearby waterfall, grab a line from the lodge and try your hand at fishing on the edge of the fiords or simply sit and be surrounded by nature.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner


Day 4: Queulat National Park - Coyhaique

Hike in the beautiful and remote enchanted forest, a relatively short walk encompassing a variety of ecosystems from subtropical forest to glacial peaks. We then continue our journey to Coyhaique.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner


Day 5: Coyhaique - Ruta 40

Cross back into Argentina and on to the famous Ruta 40 (Route 40), paralleling the remarkable Andean mountain range. Travelling south through the vast Patagonian plains we stop overnight at a remote Patagonian Estancia (ranch).

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner


Day 6: Ruta 40

Today we make a special visit to the Cueva de los Manos (Cave of the Hands), which is one of the most important archaeological sites in South America. The caves feature paintings that are the most ancient artistic expressions of the native people of the subcontinent. They were painted by the first settlers of these lands, ancestors of the Tehuelche people (or Patagones), and date back to 3300 years ago. It was declared as a UNESCO World heritage site in 1999.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner


Day 7: Ruta 40 - El Chalten

Enjoy the landscapes of the Patagonian Steppe as we head south.Further on we will arrive in El Chalten and the Los Glaciares National Park. The ice field here is the world's 3rd largest reserve of fresh water. Enjoy lodgings in the hotel, nestled quietly under the imposing peaks of Mount Fitzroy, named after the captain of the Beagle, who navigated Darwin's Expedition of the area in 1834.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

NOTE: This tour concludes with upon arrival in El Chalten, we recommend a minimum of one night post tour accommodation in El Chalten after finishing the tour. Alternatively continue south on our great Southern Explorer expedition.

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Start date Price (pp)
January 2019
10-Jan-2019 $1,755* Provisional Date
February 2019
10-Feb-2019 $1,755 Fully Booked
March 2019
6-Mar-2019 $1,755* Limited Availability
April 2019
7-Apr-2019 $1,755 Provisional Date
November 2019
2-Nov-2019 $1,755* Provisional Date
January 2020
6-Jan-2020 $1,755 Provisional Date
February 2020
7-Feb-2020 $1,755* Provisional Date
29-Feb-2020 $1,755 Provisional Date

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in GBP (£) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost £1,425

Additional Notes

Please note:

Of the departures listed above, the following are run in the reverse direction

(El Chalten- Bariloche)

  • 7th Apr 2019
  • 7th Feb 2020

This trip joins with our Lake District Adventure and Southern Explorer tours, please enquire for more information.

Single Supplement:

A 25% supplement applies to solo travellers who do not wish to share with another person.

Includes

  • 5 nights accommodation: 1 night in comfortable tourist class hotel/ guest house, 3 nights in cabins, 1 night at an Estancia (Ranch)
  • Transport in a custom built all-terrain expedition vehicle
  • Approximately 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Experienced western tour leader and local guides
  • All national park entrance fees
  • South America's best road trip: Carretera Austral
  • Queulat National Park & Queulat Hanging Glacier Carretera Austral
  • Overnight at a Patagonian Estancia Route 40

Excludes

  • Flights
  • Drinks
  • Additional optional activities
  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Personal expenses and equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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