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Overlanding is the best way to see South America by far! Dragoman have been leading the way in South American overland expeditions since 1990, so take advantage of our years of experience and come with us as we include all the must-see attractions as well as heading to some unique hidden gems, well away from the usual tourist trail. This is an epic overland adventure through one of our favourite areas of the world - Patagonia. It's perfect for those who love the outdoors, with plenty of camping in national parks of outstanding natural beauty, and the chance to trek, climb, bike, and horse ride through some truly breathtaking scenery. You'll also have the chance to experience the elegant capital of Chile, beautifully set amongst the mountains, and travel all the way to the remote Argentinian town of Ushuaia, the southernmost town in the world! From Santiago we visit the spectacular Lake District towns of Bariloche and Pucn, which are packed full of optional outdoor activities and are a paradise for adventurers! We then journey south on the stunning Carretera Austral to the wild and desolate land of Patagonia, a legendary place that contains some of the most incredble vistas on the planet. Overlanding through the region, we will explore the magnificent Los Glaciares National Park from both El Calafate and El Chaltn, allowing us to trek around the dramatic peaks of Mount Fitz Roy and take a guided trip to the colossal Perito Moreno Glacier. In Chile you'll head to one of the absolute highlights of the trip - the awe-inspiring Torres del Paine National Park, where there will be plenty of time to trek and explore the breathtaking landscapes. Finally, we will cross the Strait of Magellan and head through this vast and wild region to the end of the earth - Tierra del Fuego and the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia. Join us on this incredible and unforgettable overlanding experience!

Latin America

Duration: 23 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Hiking, Sailing, Rafting, Parks & Nature Reserves, Local Culture & Cuisine, Historical Sites, Trekking, Boating Physical rating: Demanding
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 158001
Starts: Ushuaia, Argentina Finishes: Santiago, Chile
You will visit
  • Ushuaia
  • Tierra Del Fuego
  • Torres Del Paine National Park
  • El Calafate
  • El Chaltén
  • Los Glaciares National Park
  • Argentinian Patagonia
  • Puerto Rio Tranquilo
  • Carretera Austral
  • Cerro Castillo National Reserve
  • Puyuhuapi and Queulat NP
  • Futaleufú
  • Bariloche
  • Pucón
  • Santiago

Itinerary

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Day 1: Ushuaia

Border information: if you are starting in Ushuaia, you will most likely enter Argentina at Ushuaia Malvinas Argentinas International Airport (IATA code: USH).

Welcome to the incredible port town of Ushuaia, the southernmost town in the world! There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.

If you arrive early to Ushuaia, there are options such as a visit to the hauntingly beautiful Tierra del Fuego National Park, boat trips to see the scenery and wildlife of the Beagle Channel, or heading out horse riding along the coast. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Ushuaia before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Ushuaia.

In Ushuaia we stay in dorm beds in a friendly local hostel.

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Day 2: Tierra Del Fuego

Border information: Exit Argentina at San Sebastian, enter Chile at San Sebastian.

We start our journey with a full day drive across to the Chilean side of the island of Tierra del Fuego, and a ferry crossing onto the mainland.

Tonight we will wild camp at an abandoned estancia!

Estimated Drive Time - 9 hours (please note that all drive times given here are approximate estimates only and are given with the best intentions - however please be aware that the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

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Day 3: Torres Del Paine National Park

Today we will drive to the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park. This is one of the most outstanding areas of natural beauty in the world and the main highlight of the trip for many of our passengers and leaders! We will stop en route in Puerto Natales to stock up on supplies and pick up our local guides and cook who will accompany us during our time in the National Park.

Tonight we will camp at a stunning lakeside campsite inside the National Park with incredible views of the main mountain range.

Estimated Drive Time - 6 hours.

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Day 4: Torres Del Paine National Park

During the next few days our included package in Torres del Paine (referred to here as the 'base package') will get to walk part of the famous W-walk circuit with a local guide.

You can also complete the full W-walk if you have pre-booked this option - this cannot be booked on arrival, so please contact Dragoman Sales if you would like to take part in the full trek. 

Today we will all take the catamaran across a lake to the Paine Grande campsite. From here, our group will split into two - the base package group and the W-walk extension group. Each group will then walk with their respective local guides to a viewpoint over the spectacular Grey Glacier. We will then walk back down to Paine Grande, where we will spend the night camping.

Approximate walking distance: 22 km, estimated duration: 8 hrs.

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Day 5: Torres Del Paine National Park

Base package group: If you have not opted for the optional W-walk extension package, you will have free time around Paine Grande this morning to freely explore. You will then board the catamaran back across the lake, where the truck will meet you and drive you to back to our base campsite for the night.

W-walk extension group: If you have chosen the optional W-walk extension, you will leave Paine Grande and trek up the French Valley with your local guide. From here you will continue trekking to Campsite Cuernos where you will camp for the night. Approximate walking distance: 27 km, estimated duration: 11 hrs.

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Day 6: Torres Del Paine National Park

Base package group: Today is a free day for those that have not booked the optional W-walk extension package. There are many short walks and other fantastic optional activities available near our campsite, or alternatively it's a great day simply relax and enjoy the spectacular views from the campsite. 

W-walk extension group: For those on the optional W-walk extension package, you will continue your trek with your local guide along the Lago Nordenskjold to Las Torres Campsite where you will camp for the night. Approximate walking distance: 11 km, estimated time: 5 hrs.

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Day 7: Torres Del Paine National Park

Today is our last full day in this beautiful National Park.

Base package group: The Dragoman truck will take you to the base of the famous three peaks which give the National Park its name. From there you will walk up to the breathtaking viewpoint of the Torres with the base package guide, before making your way back to the truck, reuniting with the W-walkers and heading back to the base campsite for the night. Approximate walking distance: 20 km, estimated time: 8 hrs.

W-walk extension group: This morning you will trek up to the incredible viewpoint of the Torres with the W-walk guide, then come back down to Las Torres Campsite where the Dragoman truck will be waiting to return everyone to the base campsite for the night. Approximate walking distance: 20 km, estimated time: 8 hrs.

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Day 8: El Calafate

Border information: Exit Chile at Cerro Castillo, enter Argentina at Cerro Castillo.

Today we leave Torres del Paine behind us and head across the border to the town of El Calafate, the gateway to the Perito Moreno Glacier.

In El Calafate we stay in dorm beds in a lovely hostel.

Estimated Drive Time - 9 hours.

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Day 9: El Calafate

Today we will head out on an included full day guided visit to view the stunning Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the most spectacular sights in Patagonia.

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Day 10: El Chalten

Today we have a short drive across the Patagonian steppe to the tiny town of El Chaltén, situated in Los Glaciares National Park and famous for its incredible mountains, glaciers and world-class trekking opportunities.

In El Chaltén we stay in dorm beds in a hostel. 

Estimated Drive Time - 4 hours.

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Day 11-12: Los Glaciares National Park

We will have three free days to enjoy the stunning Los Glaciares National Park and the incredible scenery of the nearby Mt. Fitz Roy. There are lots of trekking and walking opportunities here, as well as boat trips, ice climbing on the Viedma Glacier, horse riding, and many other fantastic options.

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Day 13: Argentinian Patagonia

Today we will have a full day drive north along the famous Ruta 40 (Route 40). Please note that the road from here all the way to Futaleufú is rough and mostly unpaved meaning that the going is slow.

Tonight we will wild camp somewhere near the town of Perito Moreno.

Estimated Drive Time - 11 hours.

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Day 14: Puerto Rio Tranquilo

Border information: Exit Argentina at Los Antiguos, enter Chile at Chile Chico.

Today we will drive day across the border into the magnificent scenery of the Chilean Carretera Austral, probably one of the most stunning roads in South America. If time and weather conditions allow we will have the opportunity to go on a boat trip to see the stunning Capillas de Marmol (Marble Chapels).

Tonight we will camp at a basic campsite on the shores of Lago General Carrera.  

Estimated Drive Time - 5 hours.

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Day 15: Cerro Castillo National Reserve

Today we will continue north on the Carretera Austral on a short drive to the beautiful mountains of the Cerro Castillo National Reserve.

In Cerro Castillo we will camp in a lovely family-run campsite with basic facilities.

Estimated Drive Time - 3 hours.

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Day 16: Puyuhuapi and Queulat NP

Today we will drive through the Chilean fjords to Queluat National Park. If time allows there is an optional walk to see the incredible hanging Colgante Glacier.

Tonight we will camp at a basic campsite near Puyuhuapi.

Estimated Drive Time - 6 hours.

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Day 17: Futaleufu

Today we continue to the rafting mecca of Futaleufú.

In Futaleufú we stay in a local campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 5 hours.

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Day 18: Bariloche

Border information: Exit Chile at Rio Futaleufú, enter Argentina at Rio Futaleufú.

Today we continue our journey to the picturesque town of Bariloche in Argentina's Lake District.

In Bariloche we stay in dorm beds in a friendly family-run hostel outside of town.

Estimated Drive Time - 7 hours.

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Day 19: Bariloche

Today will be a free day to enjoy the beautiful mountain town of Bariloche and the stunning surrounding lakes, mountains and forests. We have the options to explore the area by foot, mountain bike, kayak, boat, or even a historic steam train!

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Day 20: Pucon

Border information: Exit Argentina at Mamuil Malal, enter Chile at Mamuil Malal.

Today we will drive through the scenic Ruta de los Siete Lagos (Seven Lakes Route) to the beautiful Lake District of Chile and the lakeside town of Pucón.

In Pucón we will stay in dorm beds in a friendly local hostel.

Estimated Drive Time - 10 hours.

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Day 21: Pucon

Today we will have a free day in Pucón to enjoy a range of optional activities, including a sunrise expedition to climb the Villarica volcano which looms over Pucón, heading out horse riding through the surrounding forests, or an evening visit to the nearby natural hot springs.

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Day 22: Santiago

Today we have a full day drive north along the Pan American Highway to the cosmopolitan Chilean capital of Santiago. 

In Santiago we will stay in a centrally-located hostel.

Estimated Drive Time - 11-12 hours.

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Day 23: Santiago

Border information: if you are finishing in Santiago, you will most likely exit Chile at Santiago Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (IATA code: SCL).

Today is a free day to explore the cosmopolitan Chilean capital.

Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight, so please contact the Dragoman Sales Team if you would like to arrange some extra nights of accommodation here after your trip.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Entrance into the phenomenal Torres del Paine National Park in southern Chile, an area of some of the most outstanding natural beauty, breathtaking mountain vistas, and idyllic trekking opportunities in the world
    • Base package Guided 'base package' to trek part of the famous W-walk - included is the trek to Grey Glacier and the trek to the towers of Torres del Paine. The package includes camping with facilities in Paine Grande, food during the trekking days and the service of an expert English-speaking local guide
    • See the enormous Perito Moreno Glacier from the most breathtaking and photogenic viewpoints on a guided day tour from El Calafate
    • Visit the stunning Queulat National Park, and take a trek through the 'Enchanted Forest' to view the magnificent Colgante Hanging Glacier
    Tour Staff
    • 2 crew, local guides as necessary
    Accomodation
    • 45% Camping - 55% Hotels
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ROBERT Posted on: 

Nick and Julie were amazing, brilliant, fantastic, caring, funny, professional, well organised, dutiful, efficient, reliable, motivated, genuine, lovely, driven, honest, happy, awesome, excellent, competent, just the best!

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Lindsey W Posted on: 

Excellent team who handled hiccups well, so we were safe the whole time.

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Shirley G Posted on: 

They couldn't have been better! Loved all 3, Julie, Nick and Hannah!

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Stephanie G Posted on: 

Our guides in Torres del Paine Dorothy and Gabriel did an excellent job. It was nice to have them around for four days and the learned us a lot about the local history, folklore and politics. During the W-Walk, they took care of us and motivated us to go on.

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Rina P Posted on: 

Julie obviously has good relationships with the people interacting with the tour (camp site staff, local guides etc). Always positive and available for a conversation.

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