Argentina, Chile & Uruguay

Self Drive Adventure

Take control of your journey by driving with your own times and wondering with each kilometer driven.

About South America Roads

The scenic “Ruta Nacional 40” is the longest road in the country, stretching over 5,000 kilometres straight down from the Bolivian border to the southernmost tip of South America.  A lot of tourists enjoy driving along this road to admire the breathtaking countryside, usually in a 4×4 vehicle, which becomes essential during the rainy season, as the roads can become completely inundated.

The Carretera Austral has more than 965 kilometers runs along this gravel road that meanders through forests, glaciers, volcanoes, fjords and rivers.

Useful Information

  • Driving: Most people drive a manual transmission, and it’s easier to rent a car if you can drive one. That being said, automatic cars are available, but there aren’t as many as manual ones.
  • Seat belts: obligatory and everyone in the car must wear one.
  • Tolls and parking: Most roads in both countries have manual tolls as they are privately owned, so make sure to bring extra cash in the local currency – which will also be needed for paying the parking.

Driving in the Patagonia of Argentina and Chile is a particular experience, the weather and the conditions of the terrain are aspects to take into account when sitting at the wheel as parking. Always keep in mind the following tips that will help you enjoy your trip better:

  • Travel only by day.
  • Gravel is like Ice, use the brake as little as possible.
  • The wind in Patagonia is usually very strong, when it blows sideways put your hands firmly on the wheel, or a gust of wind can take you out of the way.
  • Always park facing the direction the wind is coming from.
  • Fill the fuel tank in each station, the next one may be more than 200 km away.
  • Slow down when crossing another vehicle, it will prevent a stone from breaking its windshield

Our must-see programs

Self Drive, Exploring the Uruguayan Estancias

09 Days / 08 Nights
Destination: Uruguay
Locations: San José Province / Montevideo / Treinta y Tres Province / Mariscala / Rocha

Self Drive to the North of the Carretera Austral

07 Days / 06 Nights
Destination: Chile
Locations: Puyuhuapi / La Junta / Coyhaique / Puerto Guadal / Caleta Tortel / Puerto Bertrand

Self Drive Santiago de Chile and Lakes

14 Days – 13 Nights
Destinations: Chile
Location: Santiago de Chile / Santa Cruz, Chillan / Pucón / HuiloHuilo / Puerto Varas

Self Drive Ruta 40 to the South

16 Days / 15 Nights
Destinations: Argentina
Locations: Buenos Aires, Puerto Madryn, Comodoro Rivadavia, Los Antiguos, El Chaltén, El Calafate, Torres del Paine, Rio Gallegos, Rio Grande, Ushuaia

Self Drive Fly & Drive Argentina

13 Days – 12 Nights
Destinations: Argentina
Location: Buenos Aires / Tucumán / Tafí del Valle / Cafayate / Cachi / Salta / Purmamarca

Self Drive Carretera Austral to South

09 Days – 08 Nights
Destinations: Chile
Location: Puerto Varas / Chiloé / Puyuhuapi / Coyhaique

Self Drive Carretera Austral & Ruta 40

22 Days – 21 Nights
Destinations: Argentina & Chile
Location: Valparaiso / Puerto Varas / Coyhaique / Patagonia Chilena / La Angostura / El Chalten / El Calafate / Puerto Natales / Punta Arenas / Santiago de Chile

Self Drive Across and along the Southern Andes

17 Days / 16 Nights
Destinations: Argentina & Chile
Locations: Puyuhuapi / Futaleufu / Esquel / Bariloche / Villa la Angostura / Pucón / Puerto Varas

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