Self-drive Along Southern Route 40
- 12 Days From Bariloche to El Calafate
Day 1 San Carlos de Bariloche.
Arrival at Bariloche and pick up of the rented vehicle. After receiving the driving instructions specific for the region, drive to the city. Accommodation and free time. (14 km driving - 30 minutes)
Day 2 San Carlos de Bariloche. B
Free day to take National Route 40 northbound and travel the outstanding path of the Seven Lakes. (180 km driving - 6-7 hours)
Day 3 San Carlos de Bariloche / Esquel. B
We leave Bariloche heading south to Esquel. On the way, we suggest you take a detour to Pampa Linda to get to Cerro Tronador. (361km driving, including 100 km on gravel roads - 7-8 hours)
Day 4 Esquel. B
Today we suggest you visit Los Alerces National Park, declared a Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO. (80 km driving, including 60 km on gravel roads - 2 hours)
Day 5 Esquel / Los Antiguos. B
We continue on the Route 40 towards Los Antiguos, crossing the province of Chubut, entering the province of Santa Cruz and passing by Perito Moreno and Los Antiguos. (607 km driving - 9 hours)
Day 6 Los Antiguos. B
Depart early to cross to Chile Chico and travel the path that takes you to the Marble Chapels. Enjoy a boat trip to this curious formation. (328 km driving, all on gravel roads - 10 hours)
Day 7 Los Antiguos / Lago Posadas. B
If you like adventure, take Zeballos’ Route, stop for a short walk, continue to the Portezuelo and reach the lakes Posadas and Pueyrredón. (177 km driving, all on gravel roads - 8 hours)
Day 8 Lago Posadas / El Chaltén. B
We leave the village to reach Cueva de las Manos (Hand’s Cave) and visit this site declared a Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO. After the visit, we continue to the south, towards El Chaltén. (643 km driving, including 244 km on gravel roads - 10 hours)
Day 9 El Chaltén. B
Enjoy the variety of walks that Chaltén offers you. If you prefer adrenaline, we recommend rafting downhill or trekking to the Cagliero Glacier.
Day 10 El Chaltén / El Calafate. B
At desired time, leave the National Capital of Trekking to reach the land of Los Glaciares. (217 km driving - 2.5 hours)
Day 11 El Calafate. B
Dedicate your day to visit the Perito Moreno Glacier, declared a Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO. (160 km driving, - 2.3 hours)
Day 12 El Calafate. B
Day at leisure until the time of your flight. Please, allow plenty of time for you to return your rented car at the airport. (22 km driving - 30 minutes)
Day 6: Chile Chico Border Crossing works from 8 AM to 8 PM, according to the season. In you are willing to cross it, please inform us just to process the crossing permission.
Suggested Season: October to late April
Pick up: Bariloche Airport
Drop Off: El Calafate Airport
To keep in mind:
- The program includes rented car and accommodation according to itinerary. Extra activities, tickets and assistance need to be required.
- The days of car rental could change according to the vehicle’s returning time.
This is just a sample itinerary. You might want to modify it by adding Rio Mayo. In the itinerary above you have a 9 hour drive from Esquel to Los Antiguos without interesting spots on the way. You could add an extra day in Esquel followed by a 5 hour drive from Esquel to Rio Mayo, and then on day 7 you drive from Rio Mayo to Los Antiguos (8 hours) and you have the possibility to stop by the petrified forest on the way. It would also be a more relaxed pace. For example:
Day 4 & 5 Esquel. B We suggest you to visit Los Alerces National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Piedra Parada, a curiosity in the middle of the steppe or if you prefer adrenaline, enjoy rafting down the Corcovado River.
Day 6 Esquel / Rio Mayo. B Continue exploring National Route 40, towards Rio Mayo. It’s a five-hour drive, with a few stops along the way to admire the view and enjoy the remote scenery.
Day 7 Rio Mayo / Los Antiguos. B In the morning, departure to Los Antiguos, located in the heart of Patagonia. On the way we suggest you take a detour to the Petrified Forest of Sarmiento.
Day 8 Los Antiguos. B Free day to explore the region by crossing into Chile to visit the Marble Chapels formation.
Day 9 Los Antiguos / Posadas Lake. B Travel along Route 41, which connects Los Antiguos with Lake Posadas. A scenic route that seeks to preserve the local fauna
Prices per person in US$ for accommodation Oct. 1, 2020 till March 31, 2021
Plus add cost of car rental in US$ :
CAT H - Nissan Versa MT or similar = $2648.00
CAT I - Chevrolet Spin pax AT or similar = $3211.00
CAT J - Toyota Hilux DC 4x4 or similar = $3569