Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- Explore Punta Arenas, the southernmost city of the American continent, sitting on the edge of the Strait of Magellan
- Drive to Torres del Paine National Park, the heart of stunning Patagonian landscapes
- Stop at the Milodon Cave national monument where scientist discovered remains of a gigantic prehistoric sloth
- Challenge yourself by doing one of the epic hikes from the W Trek, such as the renowned hike up to the Base of the Towers
- Take a cruise on Lago Grey to the face of the Grey Glacier
Day 1: Punta Arenas - Puerto Natales
Collect your hire car in Punta Arenas. Take some time to explore the southernmost city of the American continent, sitting on the edge of the Strait of Magellan. The city has witnessed European exploration, colonisation and cultural conflict with indigenous peoples, as well as becoming a gateway to Antarctica. Sites of interest include the main square with its grand monument to Magellan, the Naval and Maritime Museum, the Nao Victoria Museum, the Patagonian Institute and, of course, the city's south-facing coastline which looks onto Tierra del Fuego.
Once you are ready, set off and drive north to Puerto Natales where you can plan your next two days exploring Torres del Paine.
Length of self-drive: 3 hours, 250 km
Accommodation: Hotel, Puerto Natales
Day 2: Puerto Natales - Torres del Paine
The drive to Torres del Paine National Park will take you deep into the Patagonian wilderness travelling through pampa grass steppe, typical of the region. Many people choose to stop at the Milodon Cave national monument just 15 kilometres out of Puerto Natales where scientists discovered the remains of a gigantic prehistoric sloth. Continue north into Torres del Paine, one of the world's most remarkable national parks where you are met by majestic mountain peaks, glaciers, lakes and rivers. Either check in at your hotel or spend the full day exploring.
Due to the size of the park, we recommend that you focus on a different area each day. You may want to challenge yourself by doing one of the epic hikes from the W Trek, such as the world-class hike into the Ascencio Valley and up to the Base of the Towers viewpoint. Alternatively, enjoy more frequent stops with shorter hikes to various lookouts.
Length of self-drive: 2 hours, 150 km
Accommodation: Hotel, Torres del Paine
Day 3: Torres del Paine
Another full day to explore Torres del Paine National Park. Enjoy some more hiking, or why not take a cruise on Lago Grey to the face of the mesmerising Grey Glacier. You may wish to experience the incredible landscapes through different activities such as horse riding, kayaking or fishing.
Accommodation: Hotel, Torres del Paine
Day 4: Torres del Paine - Punta Arenas
Today, make the return journey back to Punta Arenas to drop off your hire car.
Length of self-drive: 5 hours, 400 km
What our customers think of Classic Torres del Paine Highlights Self-Drive
Classic Torres del Paine Highlights Self-Drive trips scored 3.7/5 from 3 reviews
This was an amazing experience - we pushed our bodies to the limit, and together as newlyweds. We also learned so much more about tires than we ever thought we would know about. If anything, I personally learned more patience and problem-solving. The amount of nature and scenery was absolutely what we were looking for in a holiday. And improving on our Spanish knowledge was a plus.
Travelled: February 2019
Victoria Vuong - United States Of America
Prices, Departures and Inclusions
Two people sharing a standard room: USD $925 per person
Two people sharing a superior room: USD $951 per person
Two people shating a deluxe room: USD $1,893 per person
Departures can be set up on a date of your choice, subject to availability.
Please get in touch to discuss your requirements.
Single supplement – Standard USD $445; Superior USD $595; Deluxe USD $1,258.
- Meals: 3 breakfasts
- Accommodation: 3 nights in hotels (1 night in Puerto Natales, 2 nights in Torres del Paine)
- Four days car rental (Toyota RAV4 or similar) including free unlimited mileage
- Vehicle insurance (claims excess may apply)
- Roadmap and directions