Self-drive (or fly-drive) trips through Chile offer maximum flexibility and freedom to explore the stunning scenery. Wide open roads with little traffic serve the great length of the country and it’s possible to wind your way across the Andes into Argentina and back.
Highland lagoons and adobe villages can be discovered at your own pace in the desert altiplano of the north, while, further south, independent road trips can be arranged along scenic lake shores, amid towering mountains and snow-capped volcanoes, or across Patagonian steppe.
The largely unpaved Carretera Austral offers one of the most challenging and rewarding self-drive journeys on the continent.
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
We have highlighted the standard of accommodation featured on a tour immediately above the tour itinerary.
In some cases, tours include some departures in one category and some in another: you can see and select the different tour types under ‘tour variations’. For these tours, the itinerary is generally the same and just the standard of accommodation varies. However, if there are any variations in the excursions included, these are shown within the itinerary.
Superior: Most Cox & Kings tours fall under this category and are based in 4- or 5-star accommodation, or the best available.
Luxury: These tours will usually feature 5-star de luxe accommodation throughout.
Standard: Simpler in emphasis, these itineraries typically feature 3- and 4-star accommodation throughout.
Discovery: This type of holiday is best suited to the hardier traveller, as it will typically include some quite basic accommodation, possibly longer and rougher road journeys and, in some cases, more arduous activities, such as trekking.