EL PATAGON

7 days / 6 nights

This self-drive tour explores the southernmost tip of the continent – from Torres del Paine National Park to Tierra del Fuego. Stay at Estancias, the traditional sheep farms of the region, and experience the challenges of life in this rugged yet impressive region.

30 min drive- 26 km/16mi

The tour starts at the airport of Punta Arenas, Chile´s southernmost city. Pick up your rental car here and drive to a nearby estancia where you spend the night. On the way, take in views of the Magellan Strait, considered the most important natural passage between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

Overnight at a Estancia near Punta Arenas.

5 h drive – 365 km/225 mi

Drive north through Patagonian pampa until reaching the spectacular Torres del Paine National Park. On the way, you are likely to observe guanacos, the camel´s Patagonian relatives. The striking towers, the Torres del Paine, are visible already from a distance. Tonight, you stay on a traditional sheep farm at the edge of the national park.

Overnight at a estancia near Torres del Paine National Park. (B)

The day is at your disposal for the exploration of Torres del Paine National Park, without a doubt a highlight of your visit. Where the vastness of the Patagonian steppe and the steep peaks of the Southern Cordillera meet, nature shows its most breathtaking side. 2000-meter-high peaks rise out of the vast steppe abruptly; huge glaciers, deep blue lakes and wind-blown, gnarled southern beeches determine the picture. Thundering rivers flow into the valley as waterfalls. This primeval wilderness is a unique refuge for rare animals such as guanacos, Andean foxes, flamingos and condors, the kings of the skies.

Overnight at a estancia near Torres del Paine. (B)

4 h drive – 275 km/170 mi

Drive back south, passing Puerto Natales, until you reach the traditional Patagonian Estancia where you stay tonight. This is a good opportunity to learn about sheep breeding in Patagonia and the historical development of South America´s southernmost region.

Overnight at a estancia in between Puerto Natales and Punta Arenas. (B)

4 h drive- 200 km/125 mi

From Pacific fjords, the way leads to the Atlantic coast, more precisely the island of Tierra del Fuego. A ferry crosses the Magellan Strait to the small town of Cerro Sombrero. Tierra del Fuego consists mainly of pampa; nevertheless, a colony of King penguins has settled here some years ago. You should not miss the opportunity to visit the park (around 1.5 h from Cerro Sombrero), as these adorable animals can usually only be found in Antarctica and on sub-antarctic islands.

Overnight in Cerro Sombrero. (B)

3 h drive – 220 km/130 mi

Return to Punta Arenas today. This city at the end of the world has lived through an eventful history, which can be discovered in the historic center and in various museums, as well as during a visit of the former stronghold Fort Bulnes.

Overnight in Punta Arenas. (B)

30 min – 25 km/15 mi

Your exploration of the continent´s southern tip ends today. Drive back to Punta Arenas Airport and drop off your rental car. You have the option to take a flight back home via Santiago, or continue your journey to another region of Chile. (B)