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Patagonia Southern Lakes self-drive

Chile, Patagonia

8 days


Chile’s Patagonia Southern Lakes self-drive is our suggested tour in this amazing part of the world.

Experience the magic of the south, its unique beauty, and the living heritage of its original people. Breathe in the earthy humid scents of the forest, swim in pristine lakes, practice your favourite water sports in southern Chile’s countless lakes and rivers and enjoy a day exploring and observing the extraordinary flora and fauna.

Stay off the beaten track and enjoy at your own rhythm the activities that you have chosen for your day.


  • Enjoy the freedom of driving through magical southern Chile and enjoy at your own pace.
  • Breathe in the earthy humid scents of the forest and swim in pristine lakes.
  • Pucon offers the perfect combination of a thriving gastronomic scene and stunning landscapes.
  • Visit some of the area’s fine National Parks and enjoy profound silence in the ancient Araucaria forests, broken only by birdsong.
  • Go to the famous riverside market in Valdivia and see the arts and crafts typical of that part of Chile.
  • Learn about the different Chilean-German traditions in Puerto Varas enjoy truly stunning natural settings and views of Llanquihue lake.


Day 1 Temuco/Pucon

Arrive in Temuco. After a briefing, start your lakes adventure by driving south to the village of Pucon on Lago Villarrica.

Day 2 Pucon

Explore the area including hot springs, villages and beautiful countryside. Activities include horse riding, rafting and hiking volcanoes.

Day 3 Pucon/Valivia

Easy drive to the coast and the river port town of Valdivia, established in 1645.

Day 4 Valivia/Puyehue

Early morning walk along the promenade. Return to the lakes and the nearby National Park of Puyehue.

Day 5 Puyehue/Puerto Varas

Follow the country lanes to Puerto Octay, beside Lake Llanquihue & the beautiful town of Puerto Varas.

Day 6 Puerto Varas

Free day with lots of great day trips and picnic options around the lake.

Day 7 Puerto Varas

Day is at leisure.

Day 8 Puerto Varas

Return your car or extend your trip crossing over to the Argentinean Lake Region.


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