Self Drive Chile & Argentina Lake District

Explore the Chilean and Argentinian Lake Districts with the freedom of your own vehicle. Drive some of the most beautiful and scenic roads, visiting volcanoes, lakes and historic towns with a variety of activities.

Places you visit: Santiago – Pucon – San Martin de los Andes – Villa la Angostura – Puyehue National Park – Puerto Varas

Tour Itinerary

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Day 1: Meet & Greet at Santiago airport

santiago chile central square

Touch down in Santiago! Your guide will be waiting to welcome you to Chile and take you directly to your hotel. The rest of the day at leisure.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Hotel Orly

Day 2: Private Tour of Hidden Santiago

santiago chile

Today you will explore the highlights of Santiago on foot, accompanied by one of our excellent local guides. Visit the main areas, but also the markets, cafes and hidden corners that most tours bypass.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Hotel Orly

Day 3: Santiago to Pucon

villarrica volcano pucon chile

This morning you are taken to the airport for your short flight to Temuco with LATAM airlines. In Temuco pick up your hire car and start a scenic drive south for 70 miles to the scenic town of Pucon.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Maison Nomade

Day 4: Huerquehue National Park & Hot Springs

huerquehue national park tour in chile lake district

Travel deep into the Andes with an expert private guide to explore the Huerquehue national park, 35km from Pucon. You will hike on pristine forest trails to hidden lakes and waterfalls. Witness the ancient monkey puzzle trees and end with a dip in the hot springs!

Meals Included: Breakfast & Box Lunch

Suggested Accommodation: Maison Nomade

Day 5: Drive over the Andes to Argentina

san martin de los andes argentina

Set out on a memorable drive over the mountains to San Martin de los Andes in Argentina. The scenery is spectacular with the Lanin volcano a constant presence. Arrive to your hotel in Argentina late afternoon.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Plaza Patagonia

Day 6: Drive the Seven Lakes Road

seven lakes road self drive in argentina

Today you will drive one of the most scenic roads in the region. The route from San Martin de los Andes to Villa la Angostura is known as the Seven Lakes Road for the seven lakes you pass along the way. Overnight in Villa la Angostura.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Sol Arrayan

Day 7: Villa la Angostura to Puyehue

el lodge taique chile with volcano views

This morning you will leave Argentina and drive back into Chile via the Cardenal Antonio Samoré pass through the mountains.Tonight you stay in a scenic location close to Puyehue lake with views of the volcanoes.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: El Lodge Taique

Day 8: Puyehue National Park & Surroundings

waterfall in puyehue national park chile

Your accommodation is perfectly place to explore the national park and surrounding area. Hike through evergreen forests to hidden waterfalls, natural thermal springs and volcanoes. Kayaking on the lake is also possible.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: El Lodge Taique

Day 9: A scenic drive to Puerto Varas

Llanquihue lake and osorno volcano puerto varas chile

Drive inland past Rupanco lake and then onto the border of Llanquihue lake. Visit the pretty towns of Puerto Octay and Frutillar, historic sites of German settlement, before arriving to Puerto Varas.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Casa Kalfu

Day 10: Return flight to Santiago

osorno volcano chile lake district

Drop your car at Puerto Montt airport in time for your short flight back to Santiago. Final night here, or why not extend your trip! Perhaps you can add on the north of Chile, or a relaxing stay at a vineyard.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Hotel Orly

Day 11: End your trip, or extend!

plane flying into the sunset

Today it is time to fly home, or you could extend your trip. Each holiday we organise is different, depending on your requirements. Give us a call to start planning your perfect trip to Chile!

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 options, 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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