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.
- 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