Self-Drive: Villa O'Higgins & Chacabuco Valley
This itinerary is a short 4-day extension to the Southern Carretera Austral itinerary, which will take you even further down south, to the edge of the Southern Ice-field.
CALETA TORTEL – VILLA O´HIGGINS (144 KM / 89 MI)
This drive will take you to the end of the Carretera Austral and to the town of Villa O´Higgins. The village, isolated between mountains, fjords, and the Patagonian ice fields makes for a picturesque setting. (B)
A day at leisure for you to enjoy. A trip to the great O´Higgins Glacier located in Bernardo O’Higgins National Park is highly recommended. It is one of the principal glaciers of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field and is about 2 km (1.2 mi) wide. Overnight in or near Villa O´ Higgins. (B)
VILLA O´HIGGINS – CHACABUCO VALLEY (248 KM/154 MI)
Today you will drive back towards the town of Cochrane and have the opportunity to enjoy the lovely landscape once again. Cochrane was founded in 1954 but didn’t have road access to the rest of Chile until 1988 when the Carretera Austral was opened. After passing the city, continue on the route to reach the Chacabuco Valley which for generations was a vast sheep and cattle ranch. Overnight in or near the Chacabuco Valley. (B)
CHACABUCO VALLEY – BALMACEDA (299 KM / 186 MI)
Head back to Balmaceda to drop off your car and continue your travels. (B)
Rates in 2020/2021
Self-drive itineraries are highly flexible and can be adjusted to your preferences. The rates below are sample rates for this itinerary with the specific car types and hotels mentioned in the table. However, Hotels are subject to availability as well as your choice. The final rate of this itinerary will reflect the specific options you have chosen in the course of developing your itinerary.
Rates are per person, based on double occupancy. For single or triple rates, different hotels or extra nights, please inquire.
|Car Type||valid thru Apr 30, 2020||Oct 15, 2020 - Apr 30, 2021|
|Europcar cat J3||$943||$943|
|Mitta cat J||$943||$943|
- 5 nights incl. breakfast
- 6 days car rental including unlimited free mileage
- Local tax
- Full CDW coverage
- Self-drive brochure
- Roadmap and descriptions.
- Deductible regarding to general conditions (see above).
Chile car rental companies charge an additional airport service fee when the vehicle will be picked up from the airport. This service charge is not included in the published rates. This extra fee has to be paid upon returning the car.
WeatherNorthern Patagonia has a relatively temperate and wet climate. Even during the summer months, one can expect some rain. Clothing When it comes to packing, it is best to think in terms of layers and to try to be prepared for all kinds of weather, when travelling to this region of Chile. Gas Gas stations are few and far between. Thus, it is prudent to fill up the tank whenever there is an opportunity to do so.