Boasting some of the most dramatic landscapes on earth, the shared territory of Patagonia is a breathtaking destination for those who appreciate true natural beauty.
From soaring mountains and glaciers to petrified forests and pristine lakes, this bordering region of Argentina and Chile is truly one of the prettiest places on planet earth, and if you want to see it all, we think the best way to do so is on a self-drive trip.
The beauty of self-drive travel is that you have the freedom to come and go as you please, and so it appeals to everyone from solo travellers to larger groups of family and friends. A bag of clothes, a well-planned route, and a fully insured rental car is all one needs, and whether you have a week or 3-months, you can enjoy many of the highlights that Patagonia has to offer.
In an ideal world, you would have three weeks to get the most out of your Patagonian adventure. Driving along the quintessential Carretera Austral and Route 40, you can enjoy a one-way self-drive expedition to the Argentinean Lake District, the beautiful city of Bariloche, the world-famous glacier of Perito Moreno and the Torres del Paine National Park.
Those who enjoy outdoor activities will find numerous options available throughout their tour of Patagonia. The Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park offers fantastic hiking trails and water activities such as rafting and fishing, extreme adventures are on offer in Futaleufú such as white-water rafting, and those looking for something slightly less energetic can enjoy horse riding through the pampas of Argentina’s Estancias.
By opting for a one-way journey, there is no need to rush, and you can simply drop the car in Punta Arenas at the end of your trip. A quick visit to Ushuaia for a boat trip along the Beagle Canal will add the finishing touch to your Patagonian adventure, before you head on home with a mind full of beautiful memories and a camera full of impressive shots.