Things to consider

Road tripping in Patagonia is to journey past awe-inspiring scenery, from national parks to mountains, glaciers to rivers, along some adventurous terrain and into the heart of Patagonia.

  • It doesn't have to be just you and the open road. We can set you up with a driver and a guide, either privately or as part of a group trip. 
  • Go from A to B, or choose a loop  (and avoid the drop off fee!)
  • Bumpy gravel roads are there for the adrenaline seekers, but there are also flat plains and tarmac for cautious drivers
  • It's not all about the destination. A road trip can get you to Patagonia's more hidden gems, so don't forget to plan in time to get out exploring by foot, bike or kayak too.
  • Fit a two-day road trip into a wider itinerary, or set off on a two-month adventure. No matter how much time you have, there's a road trip for you.

What are the best road trips in Patagonia?

Illustrated Guide

Argentinian Lake District

Where? Round trip from Bariloche

How long? 3-6 days

Why go? This route incorporates one of the most spectacular stretches of road in the lake district, the Route of the Seven Lakes. A beautiful scenic drive on a portion of Ruta 40, the famous lakes are surrounded by virgin forests, mountains and volcanoes, making for a breathtaking few days on the road. A relatively short, circuitous route, fit it into a longer itinerary in the lake district with some time hiking, sightseeing or relaxing at a lakeside lodge.

Conditions? Majority paved roads.

Bariloche Seven Lakes

Route of the 7 Lakes, Argentinian Lake District

Chilean Lake District

Where? Pucon to Puerto Montt

How long? 6-10 days

Why go? Criss-cross the lake district under the watchful eyes of towering volcanoes. The hiking along this route is some of the best in the region: summit the still active Villarica Volcano, hike amongst monkey puzzle trees, under waterfalls and up to natural thermal pools, or along bright blue sparkling lakes. 

Conditions? Mostly paved roads, with relatively short driving distances and plenty of possible stops on route for provisions.

Patagonia Road Trips

Southern Carretera Austral

Where? Round trip from Coyhaique

How long? 10-14 days

Why go? Dramatic, verdant and wild, this region of Chile has big scenery. Drive through a landscape that has glaciers breaking through valleys, thick forests reaching the waterline and meandering fjords. Stop off en-route to visit the Northern Patagonian ice field, the glittering Marble Caves, and the enormous General Carrera Lake among much more. 

Conditions? Adventurous. Distances can be long, roads are unpaved and bumpy and in the hours from village to village you'll experience truly remote Patagonia.

Patagonia Road Trips

Ruta 40

Where?  Bariloche to El Calafate

How long? 12-18 days

Why go? A classic self-drive route down the infamous Ruta 40. Weave in and out of the Patagonian Steppe and the foothills of the Andes, exploring lesser-known national parks and pre-historic caves along the way. You'll finish in the Los Glaciares region, with its iconic mountains and 356 glaciers that tumble into icy lakes.

Conditions? Mostly paved.

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Peninsula Valdes & the Atlantic Coast

Where?  Round trip from Trelew 

How long? 3-14 days

Why go? For wildlife lovers, Peninsula Valdes is an absolute must. Penguins bustle about on beaches, sea lions laze on the sand, and you can watch whales gathering with their young just metres from the shore. It's also one of the best areas to explore independently. There's plenty of activities to stop off for, including whale watching tours, kayaking, snorkeling and hiking.

Conditions? Bumpy, mostly unpaved. Roads criss-cross the peninsula, and it takes just a few hours to get from one side to the other.

Magellanic penguins on Peninsula Valdés, Patagonia, Argentina

Magellanic penguins on Peninsula Valdés

Southern Patagonia

Where? El Calafate to Ushuaia

How long? 18-21 days

Why go? Visit Patagonia's most famous national parks, Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares, the towering, tumbling Perito Moreno Glacier, and the King Penguins of Porvenir, before heading south to the very tip of South America. Here, the continent appears to crumble to its final point. Icy fjords wind between remote, forested islands, the scenery gets wild and remote, and it truly feels like the very end of the world.

Conditions? Mostly paved. 

Patagonia Road Trips

The road into Torres del Paine

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