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Route 40 & Carretera Austral - From El Chalten

7 Days FROM USD 1,960


Departing from El Chalten 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.

Trip Code: LAR40

Travel Style: Small Group Tour

Flights: We offer a range of flight options to South America. Contact us today to discuss. 


Pre tour meeting: a pre tour meeting in El Chalten will be held at our joining hotel at approx. 6:30pm the night prior. Please ensure you are already in El Chalten.

This tour is operated under our group travel brand, Viva Expeditions. Viva specialises in guided small group tours to Latin America.

A free morning allows time for a short hike in the Los Glaciares National Park. After lunch, we continue north on the famous Route 40, paralleling the remarkable Andean mountain range. Enjoy the landscapes of the Patagonian Steppe. We spend the night in Gobernador Gregores, a small town with links to the old caravan trail.

Meals: (B), (D

El Chalten - Gobernador Gregores

Today we make a special visit the Cuevas de las Manos (Cave of the Hands) which one of the most important archaeological sites in Patagonia. The caves feature paintings that are the most ancient artistic expressions of the native people of the subcontinent. The paintings were done by the first settlers of these lands, ancestors of the Tehuelche people (or Patagones), and date back to different periods from 9300 to 3300 years ago. The site was declared World Heritage by the UNESCO in 1999.

Meals: (B), (L), (D)

Gobernador Gregores - Route 40

Today we cross back into Chile’s remote southern region. The Carretera Austral (Southern Road) is a remote, unspoiled region of intense natural beauty and is often referred to as one of South America’s best road trips. We then continue our journey to Coyhaique where you can walk the viewpoint circuit around this city – considered the “big smoke” of the Carretera Austral.

Meals: (B), (L), (D)

Route 40 - Coyahique

A short drive from Coyhaique town is the wonderful Coyhaique Reserve where we will enjoy a morning hike (8km/5mi) to the Lago Verde - Green Lake.
Our afternoon drive is filled with lush pastures, mirror lakes and snow capped mountains as we follow the Rio Simpson.
As we venture through two more valleys we pass through several small country towns that were created when building the road access through this rugged area. We finish the day with a windy 33 curves as we descend from 500m/1500ft to sea level.

Meals: (B), (L), (D)

Coyahique - Queulat National Park

In such a remote and rugged area, you might just like to snuggle up in your cabin, but today you’ll have the opportunity to hike to a nearby waterfall, take navigation to a personally owned island in the fjords or try a little sea kayaking (weather permitting).

Meals: (B), (L), (D)

Queulat National Park

Take the rare opportunity to get up close and personal with a spectacular hanging glacier in the Queulat National Park. Nature at its finest! We will take a hike to get close to the spectacular Hanging Glacier which is the magnificent centre piece of the park. Enjoy being surrounded by virgin evergreen forests made up by species like coihue, tepa, tepuala, and Chilean rhubarbs.

We will visit the fishing village of Puyuhuapi, located on the edge of the Chilean Fiords in a setting of incomparable beauty.

Continuing, we’ll stop along the way to take photos and admire the spectacular natural vistas. Wild rivers flow through lush forests, waterfalls tumble along steep cliff faces, and the world is reflected in mirror like lakes.
We cross the mighty Futaleufu river and finish this day at a wonderful local lodge in the small town of the same name. Run by a local Chilean family this accommodation gives you a special feeling of this welcoming town.

Meals: (B), (L), (D)

Queulat National Park - Futaleufu

Crossing back into Argentina we have a short stop in Trevellin, a small town with links to Welsh immigrants. We also pass through the town of Esquel where the famous “Old Patagonian Express” still runs. We’ll weave through the green valley and arrive into the resort town of Bariloche, nestled peacefully on the shores of Nahuel Huapi Lake.

Your tour ends in Bariloche this evening

Meals: (B), (L), (D)

Note: The information regarding itinerary is given in good faith and is subject to change and /or cancellation, due to weather / political and / or country instabilities and general safety / road conditions etc. Any such changes and/or cancellations which are in our control will be decided by the crew and will be discussed with the group beforehand whenever possible.

Futaleufu - Bariloche

Pricing & date

Route 40 & Carretera Austral - From El Chalten from USD 1,960
Departing Ending Duration
24 Dec 2021 30 Dec 2021 7
21 Feb 2022 27 Feb 2022 7

Important Information

  • Standard accommodation with breakfast daily
    All national park entry fees
    Excursions as mentioned in itinerary
    6 lunches
    7 dinners
    Added pre or post tour package in El Chalten and Bariloche


    International airfare
    Visa and reciprocity fees (if applicable) 
    Travel insurance
    Any items not mentioned as included
    Gratuties for guide/drivers

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Willing to share options guaranteed. Contact us for more information.

  • Departure date, seasonality and availability


We believe that appropriate accommodation should add to the authentic travel experience, as well as providing utmost enjoyment. For that reason our accommodation is scrutinised by our staff on the ground frequently, ensuring the properties adhere to our high standards. This key will help you understand the levels of accommodation available on this tour.



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We use local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprint. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting. Our guides are all highly qualified (most with university degrees) or equip with many years of experience and are paid above the standard wage. Whether it be our knowledgeable local guides, locally produced meals or the transport on tour, we do not use imported goods when local products are available. We aim to minimise our impact on the environment and give as much back as possible to the communities we work in.

While visiting the many national parks, heritage sites, museums and landmarks our travellers are encouraged to explore remain culturally aware and sensitive. We further encourage you to buy appropriate souvenirs and discourage the buying of anything wrongfully made or taken from the environment i.e. shells and endangered species products. Information on how you can be environmentally conscious, and travel responsibly will be made available in our Travellers Guides and provided during your travels by guides and staff.

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