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CHILEAN - ARGENTINIAN ANDES and PATAGONIA . ROADTRIP.   20 FEBRUARI - 14 MARCH 2020.

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Photo credits: Erik Helleman en Mik van den Noort

North / South roadtrip through the Patagionian Andes, partly over the Chilean 'Carretera Austral'  partly over the famous/infamous Argentinian 'Ruta 40'  and a lot of it over high tracks, passroads and hardly any roads.

Along deep inland bays, fjords, glaciers, over border pass tracks, on ferries,through and over mountain area's, along rivers, through rainforest, past volcano's, over pampas.

Duration: 24 days Amsterdam - Amsterdam ( you can extend your journey, please see further down)

Period: 20 Februari / 14 March 2020 (high summer in South Africa)

Maximum number of participants: eight, in maximum four vehicles.

Accomodation: good, clean, middle class hotels / homestays.


Price: 6.490,= Euro per participant (please register pefr pair of two participants, preferably both in possesion of a valid and current driving license)

If you fly in and out of Santiago by your own arrangement, the price is 5.490,= Euro per participant. 


The above amount is inclusive of international flights Amsterdam -Santiago v.v., inland flights, airport transfers, accomodation, breakfast, ferries, car rental 4x4 21 days, drop off Punta Arenas and CDW car insurance.

The acbove amount is exclusive of fuel, second driver (8,15 EURO per day) lunches, dinners, personal expenses, tips, entrance fees national parks/museums, parking-, toll and/or further vehicle related costs, booking costs (25.= Euro) and contribution calamity fund.

  

HIGHLIGHTS:

Santiago -  Torres del Paine (three days) - stunning fjord- and lakeviews- Straight Magellan - Lanin Volcano - pampa's - Parque Nacional Pumalin - El Salto Grande (cascade) - el Ventisquero de Colgante- Valle des Exploradores- Tortel-

El Calafate - Parque Patagonia- Fitz Roy- Lago Argentino - Bariloche -Parque Nacional Los Glaciares- Perito Moreno glacier - and much, much more.


We will see areas devastated by volcanic eruptions and bush fires, we will see auracana's, gunnera's, bamboo, firebush, guanaca's, nandus, pinguins, gorse, flamingos, dolphins, lupins en orca's

Of course we are not just sitting in cars all day - please bring light hiking boots and daypacks. (you will be stunned and surprised...)


This tour can be extended by visiting the Atacama desert, Iguazu Falls, Buenos Aires, other South-American destinations - or even Antarctica.

Want to join this tour flying in from another departure point then Amsterdam? Please let us know.


Photo credits: Erik Helleman en Mik van den Noort

Want to come along? Join us here.

 

DAY 1 en DAY 2:

 

FLIGHT AMSTERDAM-SANTIAGO

Vlucht KL 701 from Amsterdam to Santiago de Chile, stopover in Buenos Aires

Departure 21;15 h., Arrivall 10: 05 h. day 2    (time difference Chile-Europe: five hours).

Transfer hotel Santiago. Rest of the day off.

 

DAY 3 SANTIAGO-TEMUCO-PUCON 1.5 h.

Morning flight toTemuco, pick-up rental car.  100 km. drive to Pucon, a cozy little town with thermal baths on a beautiful lake.

 

DAY 4 PUCON

Day off. Tip: visit the lava tubes at the foot of the Villarica volcano.

 

DAY 5 PUCON – SAN MARTIN DE LOS ANDES 3h.

Leave Chile for Argentina by the impressive Paso Mamuil Malal. Age old auracaria woods, past the Lanin volcano to the almost 'Swiss'little village of SSanMartin de los Andes on the Lago Lacar.

 

DAY 6 SAN MARTIN DE LOS ANDES – PETROHUE 4h.

Past the many lakes of this area to Villa La Angostura. Incredible views. Chile border crossing. By the 'red interlagos' past Alto Grande Falls to the hamlet of  Petrohue.

 

DAY 7 PETROHUE-HORNOPIREN 4 h.

The Carretara Austral, day one! Along Lago Llanquihue to La Arena, ferry (45 min.) to Hornopiren, a small town on the Golfo de Ancud.

 

DAY 8 HORNOPIREN – CALETA GONZALO 6 h. (by ferry)

This is actually a coastal cruise. along an unforgettable coast (last hours, that is) You will arrive inthe very heart of the Parque Pumalin, a very rare rain forest.

 

DAY 9 CALETA GONZALO

Fantastic walking/rambling opportunities! Old cypresses, impressive falls - it is all there. Ask the park information people at the ferry landing for the state of the tracks before you set off.

 

DAY 10 CALETA GONZALO – PUYUHUAPI 4.5 h.

Through the devastated landscape around the Chaiten volcano (last eruption: 2008) along many falls and big rivers to the 'hanging glacier'of Ventisquero de colgante. Hotel on the fjord shore. 

 

DAY 11 PUYUHUAPI – COYHAIQUE 4.5 h.

Ferns, bamboo, falls, glaciers, broom, lupine, fuchsia - a beautiful stretch with many 'Kodak moments'. 

 

DAY 13 COYHAIQUE – PUERTO TRANQUILLO 5.5 h.

The valley at the Hudson volvano was completely filled with hot ash during an eruption in 1991. The vegetation is returning slowly. Wooden houses and wooden churches in East-European style are characteristic for this picturesque area. Depart early and make a bout trip to the marble caves in the afternoon - worth it. 

 

DAY 13 PUERTO TRANQUILLO – COCHRANE 2 h.

Through the Valle des Exploradores, to be rewarded at the end by unforgettable views on the gigantic high glaciers of the Campo de Hielo Norte. Return along deep blue Lago General Carrera and the Rio Baker. You are now in famous Parque Patagonia, founded and funded by Doug and Kris Tompkins.Hotel in Cochrane, if you are early, you can follow the road all the way to Tortel, a village entirely built on stilts in Rio Baker. 

 

DAY14 COCHRANE - ESTANCIA LA ANGOSTURA 3.5 h.

Through Parque Patagonia , founded and funded by Doug and Kris Tompkins to Argentina. Ruta 40! Sleep in the Estancia La Angostura and see the 'asado'lit up for your evening meal. It does not get any more Argentinian then this!

 

DAY 15 ESTANCIA LA ANGOSTURA – EL CHALTEN 6 h.

One moer pampa day – with Fitz Roy at the end. Weather allowing, you can see its massif after the bend of El Chalten already. The track can be bad here and the belly clearance of the car comes into its own. El Chalten is a ski resort at the foot of Fitz Roy. You are back in civilazation for a few hours. 

 

DAY 16  EL CHALTEN – EL CALAFATE 3.5 h.

Along Lago Viedma and Lago Argentino to El Calafate. The views of the mountains, the glaciers and the deep blue lakes remain mind boggling. Keep your camera handy. El Calafate, thanks to the Perito Moreno glacier, is not exactly without tourists. Many good bars and restaurants.

 

DAY 17 EL CALAFATE

Drive to the Parque Nacional Los Glaciares (20 km.) to vist the staggering ice wall of Perito Moreno. You can even book a 'mini-trek'over the ice, or take a sightseeing boat to get closer to the immense chunks of glacier that keep falling off. 

 

DAY 18  EL CALAFATE -TORRES DEL PAINE 6 h.

'Behind' the Andes, in a big arc, to arrive at Torres del Paine. You can spot guanaco's condors and nandus. (you'll see) World famous Torres del Paine is a mountain massif that rises straight from the earth.  The 'torres' (towers) and the 'cuernos' (horns) are the gigantic remnants of magma ducts from long-gone supervolcanos. 

 

DAY 19 en DAG 20  TORRES DEL PAINE

Recce this vast park by car and by foot. Ask us for tips.

  

DAY 21 TORRES DEL PAINE – PUNTA ARENAS 5.5 h.

Via Puerto Natales. On the way, you can visit the milodon cave, once home to a giant sloth.  From the Seno Ultimo Esperanza wonderful views on the Balmaceda mountains. Punta Arenas: see Straight Magellan and Fireland. Good  coffeeshops.

 

DAY 22 PUNTA ARENAS - SANTIAGO

Drop off car at airport. Flight to Santiago, (3h.15 m.). Transfer to airport hotel. 

 DAY 23 and DAY 24   FLIGHT SANTIAGO - AMSTERDAM 

KL 702  vertrek: 12:45 h.  aankomst: 09:55 h.

 

Average driving hours: 76.5 hrs. (over 20 driving days)  7 hrs. on ferries. 

 


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