Patagonia - Route 40 & Carretera Austral


This tour is a great option for people wanting to visit these remote and unspoilt regions of Chile and Argentina. Due to the strength and durability of our vehicles we are able to visit these areas where conventional transport in unsuitable. Let us take the stress out of the journey while you enjoy the lakes, mountains and waterfalls of the region. Discover the Carretera Austral and explore the stunning landscapes of the Futaleufu Valley and the majestic Queulat Hanging Glacier. Finally discover the vast Patagonian steppe as we travel down Argentina’s infamous route 40.


Please note this trip operates in reverse from El Chalten to Bariloche on 10/02/2019, 07/04/2019, 07/02/2020. Contact us for more details. 

05-Nov-2018 , 10-Jan-2019 , 06-Mar-2019 , 02-Nov-2019 , 06-Jan-2020 , 29-Feb-2020
7 Days
Argentina, Chile


Inclusions & Details

Accommodation Standard

4 nights’ accommodation in stanard hotels; 2 nights in shared log cabins
Transport in our custom built all-terrain expedition vehicles
Approximately 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners
Service of an experienced western tour leader as well as local guides
Experienced western Driver/Mechanic
All National Park Entrance fees


Activities Included:

Carretera Austral – South America’s Best Road Trip
Queulat National Park and Hanging Glacier
Waterfall Hike or Fjord Boat Trip
Enchanted Forest Hike
Cuevas del las Manos (Hand Caves)

Difficulty Rating 2 (light adventure)
Single Surcharge

Available upon request

*Reverse itinerary also available, contact us for more details. 
Price Dependent upon

Season and availability


Chimu Adventures undertakes a number of sustainability measures within its operations including:

1) Only using local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprints. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting.

2) Where possible, using locally owned and operated boutique hotels to maximise the return to the local community.

3) Chimu’s “Pass it on” programme has provided funding to hundreds of local community projects in Latin America. Our aim is to empower local communities, helping them to develop their own infrastructure for the future. Since 2006, we have been working with Kiva (a well-known Non-Governmental Organisation), providing hundreds of loans to local businesses all over South America.
4) In our pre tour information we provide a range of tips and advice on how to minimise your impact on both local environments and communities.

5) Chimu Adventures’ offices also take a number of sustainability measures including carbon offsets for company vehicles and most staff travel. Chimu Adventure’s internal processes are also structures to create a paperless office and to reduce waste. There are also internal programmes to help staff minimise their carbon footprint such as our staff bike purchase assistance plan which encourages office staff to commute to work via bicycle. Currently almost half of our office based staff commute to work via bicycle.

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Accommodation & Pricing

Standard LATSSART-STD AUD 2575

The below hotels are our preferred options for the respective tour standards mentioned above. Hotels can easily be changed at the customers request. We also note that in some cases our preferred hotels may be unavailable and in those circumstances we may need to provide an alternative hotel of a similar standard.

 Hosteria Ruta 40 - Route 40
Standard Room
Located in the town of Gobernador Gregores, the Parador offers a comfortable, quiet and safe place to overnight as you travel along National Route 40. Featuring 14 double, twin and triple rooms with private bathrooms, TV and Wi-Fi. A typical Patagonian breakfast is served with regional jams and homemade cakes.
 Estancia Cueva de las Manos - Route 40
Standard Room
Strategically located in the Argentine Patagonia, northwest of the Province of Santa Cruz at the junction of Provincial Route No. 43 and the famous Route 40. Hotel Cuevas De Los Manos features confortable private rooms with ensuite bathrooms. Wifi is also available at the hotel.
 Raices Bed & Breakfast - Coyhaique
Standard Room
Featuring a garden and a terrace, Raices Bed and Breakfast offers accommodations with free Wi-Fi in Coyhaique. The commercial centre is 100 metres away and the Coyhaique River viewpoint is 30 metres away. The cosy rooms in Raices Bed and Breakfast feature private bathrooms and cable TV. A daily home-made breakfast with local and natural ingredients is served daily and room service is also provided. Guests can relax by the working fireplace located in the shared lounge or buy some souvenirs at the onsite shop.
 Fiordo Queulat Eco Lodge - Queulat
Cabana Room
Immerse yourself in a wild, pristine and natural environment. Hike in the forest on beautiful trails and the Queulat river and the spectacular Chilean fjords. In the evening to relax with the sound of the many waterfalls plunging into the forest to finally die as joyful streams that run into the waters of the Queulat fjord. Accommodation is in lovely log cabins, mosat with private bathroom but some with a shared bathroom between two rooms. There is no electricity at the lodge, just a little hydroelectric power plant. There is no wifi.
 Hotel El Barranco - Futaleufu
Standard Room
Rooms at El Barranco have large windows overlooking the garden. All of them have heating and private bathrooms. Hotel El Barranco, features a swimming pool, a sauna, and a restaurant, with the main square only 400m away. This is a charming hotel located in one of Chiles most beautiful valleys.

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