Patagonia is a legendary, wild land with a magic flair magical and there are 1001 ways of exploring. It is an unforgettable adventure to tour wild Patagonia with your own rental car – and well planned with the right partner, it is safe and uncomplicated.
Our sample itineray is intended for „Patagonia newcomers“ and covers a moderate period of time – after all, there is so much to discover in the rest of Chile!
It’s best to plan your trip in Chile with your own rental vehicle in stages and to cover the long distances with domestic flights. Car-Rental-Chile makes it possible: We will be happy to advise you on domestic flights and assist you with the booking process.
First of all, a few tips on trips with a rental car in Patagonia:
Many roads in Patagonia are very remote gravel roads where you rarely see other vehicles. There may be poor cell phone reception, so in case of a breakdown you should be well prepared. In order to make sure you do not have to worry about emergencies, Car-Rental-Chile offers additional accessories such as emergency kits, extra spare tires, and tools.
Please drive very carefully on gravel, sand or stones, and keep in mind that on gravel roads you can only go about half as fast as on asphalt.
Also, make sure to fuel your rental car at every opportunity, because gas stations are few and far between in such a remote area. Please be sure to choose a suitable vehicle category for this route!
The Torres del Paine National Park is certainly the absolute highlight in Patagonia, which is why our sample itinerary is all about the park.
It owes its name to the “Torres del Paine”, three granite peaks of about 2.800m. They are the main attraction of the park for many visitors. However, you will soon realize that there are a lot of other absolutely amazing attractions, including millennia-old glaciers, glacial lakes, rivers, stunning mountain scenery, extraordinary animals, beautiful hiking trails and much more.
The accommodations within the park ranges from simple campsites to luxury hotels and are usually open from September to the end of March, only a few hotels open all year round. IMPORTANT: Book your accommodations in and around the park with quite some time in advance, since capacities are limited and the park is very popular. With your own rental car you are flexible and can even adapt to the rough and changing weather.
Speaking of weather: Locals say, if you don´t like the weather in Patagonia, just wait about twenty minutes. And it´s true: In Patagonian summer you can experience all four seasons in just one day! Snow, rain, gusts of wind, clouds, blue skies and bright sunshine within a few hours are quite common. So, make sure to wear several layers of light, yet windproof clothes and to have rain gear as well as sunscreen, a hut and sunglasses always at hand.