Epic Argentina Self Drive Lakes & Patagonia

Experience some of the most spectacular roads in Argentina by driving through the Lake District and Patagonia along the famous Route 40. Stay in a barefoot luxury eco camp in the Patagonian wilderness, hike to glaciers, kayak on the lakes and more. It is a journey you will never forget!

Places you visit: Buenos Aires – San Martin de los Andes – Villa la Angostura – Bariloche – Esquel – El Chalten – El Calafate

Tour Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrival to Argentina

aerial view of buenos aires on holiday

Today you touch down in Buenos Aires, capital of Argentina. You are met at the airport and taken by private transfer to your hotel in the trendy district of Palermo. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax after the flight.

Meals Included: None today

Suggested Accommodation: Hotel Clasico

Day 2: The Highlights of Buenos Aires

caminito street in buenos aires city tour

See the sights and sounds of Buenos Aires, often referred to as ‘the Paris of the South’ on a premium small group tour with one of our excellent local guides.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Hotel Clasico

Day 3: Fly to the Lake District

san martin de los andes argentina

Today you take a short flight from Buenos Aires to Chapelco airport just outside the town of San Martin de Los Andes. Here you will pick up your 4X4 vehicle that you will have for the next ten days. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore this beautiful spot.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Casa Eugenia

Day 4: San Martin de los Andes

kayaking in argentina lake district

A day at leisure to explore the area. Use your car to drive to local beauty spots, go kayaking on the lake or go hiking. There is plenty to see and do in this scenic location.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Casa Eugenia

Day 5: Drive the Seven Lakes Road

seven lakes road self drive in argentina

Today you will drive one of the most beautiful roads in the country, known as the Seven Lakes Road from San Martin de los Andes to Villa La Angostura. Take your time driving with plenty of stops for photos along the way.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Hotel Correntoso

Day 6: Villa La Angostura

villa la angostura argentina lake district

A free day in the upmarket village of Villa La Angostura on the edge of Nahuel Huapi Lake. You could take a boat trip, go hiking, mountain biking, sailing or kayaking. We recommend the hike to the Los Arrayanes forest national park.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Hotel Correntoso

Day 7: Drive to Bariloche

llao llao peninsular bariloche argentina at sunset

Check out and continue your journey south to the chocolate box town of Bariloche, the heart of the Argentine Lake District. The drive is only 1.5 hours from Villa la Angostura. Spend the afternoon hiking on trails near your hotel or visiting the town centre for artisan beer and chocolate shops!

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Peninsular Petit

Day 8: Kayaking on Moreno Lake

kayaking tour on moreno lake argentina

Today enjoy a gentle privately guided kayaking trip to Moreno Lake. Experience the tranquil mountain scenery from a different perspective. If you don’t like the sound of this excursion, we can include something different. This tour is fully tailor made and can be customised to your particular interests.

Meals Included: Breakfast & Snack Lunch

Suggested Accommodation: Peninsular Petit

Day 9: A Spectacular Drive to Your Remote Eco Camp

los huemules eco dome patagonia

Today you embark on a relatively long but beautiful drive. Arrive to your accommodation, a unique eco dome set amongst lenga and ñire tree forests in a private reserve. Each dome has it’s own private terrace, en-suite bathroom and a wood burner to keep warm at night. A true wilderness experience with a touch of luxury.

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Suggested Accommodation: Los Huemules

Days 10 & 11: Two days of activities in Patagonia

los huemules reserve esquel argentina

All your meals and activities within the reserve are included. You can go hiking, mountain biking and horse riding in untouched landscape with nobody else around. We also recommend spending a day visiting the nearby Los Alerces national park with your car.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Suggested Accommodation: Los Huemules

Day 12: Bariloche to El Chalten

self drive to el chalten argentina

This morning you drive back to the airport in Bariloche and drop your car for your short flight to El Calafate. From El Calafate, pick up your new 4X4 vehicle and start the drive north to El Chalten. It is about a 3 hour drive, with beautiful light at that time of day for photos.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Hosteria Senderos

Day 13: The Fitz Roy Trek

fitz roy trek patagonia el chalten

Today you will take on one of the most beautiful hikes in Patagonia – the trek to the base of Mount Fitz Roy. It is a moderate difficulty hike taking 8 hours in total. But you will be rewarded with stunning views.

Meals Included: Breakfast & Box Lunch

Suggested Accommodation: Hosteria Senderos

Day 14: Drive to El Calafate

fitz roy massif argentina

Drive back down this spectacular road to the small town of El Calafate near to Los Glaciares national park. Stop along the way for photos or a short hike. You could also visit the glaciar museum located on a hill just outside of El Calafate. Evening at leisure.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Hotel Kosten Aike

Day 15: Perito Moreno & Los Glaciares National Park

perito moreno glacier tour argentina

Today you will visit the iconic Perito Moreno glacier on a premium tour that also takes you to the lesser visited corners of the park including a traditional working estancia whilst avoiding the crowds. You’ll have a private boat trip to the glacier wall and a fantastic BBQ lamb lunch!

Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

Suggested Accommodation: Hotel Kosten Aike

Day 16: El Calafate to Buenos Aires

aerial view of buenos aires on holiday

Drop your car at El Calafate airport in time for your flight back to Buenos Aires (3 hours). On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. Final evening at leisure in the capital. We have a range of interesting evening experiences in Buenos Aires from private dining events to tango shows and tours.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Hotel Clasico

Day 17: Departure or extend your trip!

iguazu falls argentina side

End your trip here, or perhaps you want to add on two nights in Iguazu Falls! With our tailor made approach, the sky is the limit. Just get in touch to start planning your trip.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Our Suggested Accommodation

With this tour we have picked a selection of characterful mid range properties, most of which are small, family owned guesthouses and B&B’s. If you would like to upgrade the hotels to more luxurious options, please let us know and we can make some excellent personal recommendations. 

Tour Inclusions

  • All accommodation
  • Any internal flights
  • Car hire with maps and guides
  • All tours as specified in the itinerary
  • All private transfers
  • All meals as specified in the itinerary
  • All entrance fees
  • 24 hour emergency assistance
  • 100% financial protection with our ATOL license & ABTA membership
  • Our exclusive 100+ page trip guidebook, personalised to your trip
  • Full support from your dedicated specialist
  • International flights
  • Discretionary gratuities to drivers and guides
  • Travel insurance

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