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Carretera Austral Adventure

Private Travel | Self-drive 7 Days & 6 Nights Lead-in price: £1095

The breathtaking southern Austral gravel road winds through truly wild and pristine Patagonian landscapes. This self-drive adventure starts and ends in Balmaceda and can be combined with other destinations.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Self-drive on the Carretera Austral
  • Breath-taking scenery
  • Lake General Carrera & lenga forests
  • Stay in 3- & 4-star accommodation
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Standard Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Balmaceda • Rio Tranquilo

Fly to Balmaceda and pick up your hire car. Continue through the Patagonian steppe to forests and lakes to Rio Tranquilo and stay overnight. (B)

Days 2-3: Caleta Tortel

Follow the mighty Rio Baker to picturesque Caleta Tortel, built on stilts between the two Patagonian ice fields. Stay 2 nights and stroll along wooden walkways or explore the surrounding channels and islands. (B)

Days 4-5: Chacabuco Valley • Lake GeneralCarrera

Return to giant Lake General Carrera visiting the Chacabuco Valley en route. Stay 2 nights overlooking the lake. Relax by its shores or discover ancient lenga forests, petrified fossils and glaciers. (B)

Days 6-7: Balmaceda • Coyhaique

Take an optional boat ride to the spectacular Marble Cathedral to see intricate caverns filled with turquoise waters before continuing to Coyhaique for a final night. Drive back to the airport for your return flight. (B)

Meal basis:

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information

Take an optional boat ride to the spectacular Marble Cathedral to see intricate caverns filled with turquoise waters before continuing to Coyhaique for a final night. Drive back to the airport for your return flight. (B)

Standard tour:

This tour is based in 3- and 4-star accommodation.

Single supplement

Available on request.

Tailor-made travel

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Standard private tour accommodation

  • Nomades Hotel Boutique
    Nomades Hotel Boutique

    Nomades Hotel Boutique is situated a short walk from the town centre, high above the banks of the Coyhaique river with beautiful views of the surrounding area. Every room has a large panoramic window offering incredible mountain views and all are stylishly decorated in a warm Alpine style with natural woods and Patagonian touches. There is a cosy sitting area with fireplace and a small restaurant / bar (seasonal for dinner service) while a number of dining options are within walking distance.

  • Entre Hielos Lodge Tortel
    Entre Hielos Lodge Tortel

    The rustic yet delightful Entre Hielos Lodge sits on a hillside in Caleta Tortel, a picturesque fishing village situated at the mouth of the Rio Baker. The family-run guesthouse is built from native woods and offers six simple yet stylishly decorated rooms with views of the beautiful natural surroundings, a cosy lounge with a wood burner, and a communal dining area serving delicious home-cooked meals.

Standard private tour extensions

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £1095 per person

High season from £1095 per person


Vaccination Travel Policy
All clients must be fully vaccinated before travelling with us on a Cox & Kings (C&K) group tour. This means that a customer must have received their full two doses of the COVID‑19 vaccination at least 14 days before travelling with us. This does not apply to our private tours or tailor-made travel. If you have any questions please call us or visit our FAQs page on our website here

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Guaranteed Departures Where a tour date has ‘yes’ listed, this tour is guaranteed to run.

For all other departure dates, once the minimum number of people booked has been reached, this tour is also guaranteed to run. Our sales consultants will be able to advise how many people are booked for your chosen date at the time of enquiry, giving you the confidence to book safe in the knowledge your tour will go ahead.

Terms & Conditions Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or entry restrictions relating to COVID-19 preclude travel.

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • • Domestic flights
    • Overseas airport taxes
    • Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
    • Car-hire
    • The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
    • Local guides and entrance fees where applicable