Fly Drive Chile Highlights

A comprehensive fly drive tour of Chile covering all the highlights from the lunar landscapes of the Atacama in the far north to the fjords and glaciers of Patagonia in the far south. Drive some of Chile’s most beautiful roads, with everything taken care of.

Places you visit:  Santiago – Atacama Desert – Pucon – Huilo Huilo Reserve – Petrohue – Puerto Natales – Torres del Paine – Valparaíso

Tour Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrive in Santiago

santiago chile on a clear day

Welcome to Chile! Your guide will meet you at the airport, help you with your bags and take you directly to your hotel. The rest of the day at leisure.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Hotel Orly

Day 2: Food & Culture Tour

mercado central santiago chile

Today you will have a private tour of Santiago with one of our expert local guides. You will visit all the main landmarks plus the two most important markets in the city. Sample local street food delicacies such as huesillo, or handmade soapillas served with pebre. End with fresh ceviche or a warm empanada and a traditional drink called a Terremoto.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Hotel Orly

Day 3: Fly to the Atacama

road in moon valley atacama desert chile

Fly north to Calama where you pick up your 4X4 at the airport. Drive through the spectacular landscapes of northern Chile to the small desert town of San Pedro de Atacama. Afternoon at leisure.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: La Casa de Don Tomas

Day 4: Exploring the Atacama

moon valley at sunset atacama chile

A full day with your 4X4 to explore this incredible landscape. The Atacama salt flat is a must visit, along with the Los Flamencos National Reserve. We also highly recommend going to Moon Valley at sunset for spectacular views.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: La Casa de Don Tomas

Day 5: El Tatio Geysers Tour

el tatio geysers tour atacama desert chile
Today we have booked this excursion in advance because it is not recommended to take your own vehicle. El Tatio is located at 4300 metres above sea level on the high Altiplano. It is the highest altitude geothermal field in the world and the scenery is spectacular. You will also explore the quaint village of Machuca before returning to your hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: La Casa de Don Tomas

Day 6: Atacama Desert to the Lake District

villarica volcano in pucon chile
Drive back to Calama airport for your flight via Santiago to Temuco. On arrival pick up your next car and drive 70 miles south through wonderful scenery to your hotel just outside the town of Pucon at the base of the Villarica volcano.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Landhaus San Sebastian

Day 7: The Northern Lake District

huilo huilo reserve chile lake district
Today you will drive a total distance of 91 miles through the beautiful Northern Chilean Lake District. Take your time as there are plenty of things to see and do along the way such as visiting one of the national parks or the Villarica volcano. Arrive at Huilo Huilo, a beautiful 60,000 hectare reserve full of lakes, forests and waterfalls.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Nothofagus Hotel

Day 8: Huilo Huilo Reserve

waterfall in huilo huilo chile
A full day to explore this beautiful reserve. There are numerous well marked hiking trails, waterfalls, hot springs and a spa. You could go cycling, zip lining, horse riding, kayaking, take a boat trip or just relax by the waters edge at Puerto Fuy.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Nothofagus Hotel

Day 9: Huilo Huilo to Petrohue

petrohue lodge on todos los santos lake
Today you leave Huilo Huilo behind driving further south through the heart of the Lake District. Experience the beautiful landscapes, forests, lakes and many viewpoints. Visit Vicente Perez Rosales National Park and Petrohue Falls before checking into your next hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Petrohue Lodge

Day 10: Exploring the area

osorno volcano and petrohue falls chilean lake district
Today is a free day to explore this beautiful area. You can go hiking, rafting or canoeing. A popular and highly recommended day trip is to take a catamaran from just outside your lodge across Todos Los Santos Lake to Peulla with stunning views of snow capped volcanoes and waterfalls.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Petrohue Lodge

Day 11: Petrohue to Puerto Natales

puerto natales chile
This morning drive to the airport in Puerto Montt for your flight to Punta Arenas. In Punta Arenas pick up your next car at the airport. You could spend some time exploring Punta Arenas. There are many monuments and places of interest. Then start the three hour drive north to Puerto Natales, a small town in a scenic location on the edge of Last Hope Sound.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Hotel Vendaval

Day 12: Torres del Paine National Park

pehoe lake torres del paine chile
Set off early this morning for a full day driving around Torres del Paine National Park. Along the way you can stop at the Milodon cave and admire the beautiful scenery. Overnight in your lodge close to the entrance of the park.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Pampa Lodge

Day 13: The Magnificent Torres del Paine

base of the towers hike torres del paine chile
Today is spent exploring one of the most remarkable national parks in the world. There are lakes, glaciers, dramatic landscapes, mountains and rivers. Hiking is the main activity with a range of hikes for all abilities. You could also take a boat trip and visit Grey Glacier.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Pampa Lodge

Day 14: Journey to Valparaíso

view of valparaíso chile
This morning drive back to the airport in Punta Arenas in time for your flight to Santiago. On arrival in Santiago you will be met and taken by private transfer to the colourful port city of Valparaíso. Relax this afternoon and enjoy the fantastic views from your hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Hotel Fauna

Day 15: Departure or extend your trip

plane flying into the sunset
This morning enjoy a walk around Valparaíso, or we could arrange a walking tour. Then you will be taken by private transfer to the airport for your return flight. Speak to one of our experts about tailoring this trip to your requirements.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Our Suggested Accommodation

With this itinerary we recommend a selection of mid range hotels, all of which are small, characterful properties, often family owned and run. We’ve had the pleasure of either staying at or visiting all of these places and can advise on all the options.

Should you want to upgrade the hotels to more luxurious properties, just give us a call to get our recommendations.

Tour Inclusions

  • All accommodation
  • All internal flights
  • Car hire with unlimited milage, 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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