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South America Road Trip - 21 or 39 Days

The Route

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Discover Patagonia on our 21 day adventure or join us for the entire epic road trip for 39 days.  Which ever you choose you will visit some of South America’s most stunning scenery and remotest roads, the Ruta 40 in Argentina and Carretera Austral (Ruta 7) in Chile while staying in comfortable 3-star accommodation including a one or two “Estancias”.  Both adventures end in Ushuaia which has been nicknamed “the end of the world” as it is the world’s southernmost city.


Full expedition (39 days):

Iquique to Ushuaia – approx. 9,000 km

Patagonia only (21 days):

Pucon to Ushuaia – approx. 5,000 km


Depending on which tour you choose you’ll experience coasts, deserts, salt flats, active geysers, intense blue lagoons mountains, vineyards, estancias, lakes, glaciers, ancient rock art, the animals and birds of the region and more…

The Details


2 people per 4x4: 

USD17,495*per person 39 day tour, double share

USD9,800*per person 21 day tour, double share

4 people per 4x4: 

USD12,580*per person 39 day tour, twin share

USD8,560*per person 21 day tour, twin share

Solo Traveler in guide car 4x4:

USD10,570*per person 39 day tour if available

USD6,350*per person 21 day tour if available

3 people per 4x4: prices provided in the itinerary

*Prices assume a minimum of 5 vehicles, maximum of 7 vehicles (plus support vehicles), 2023 pricing only, 2024 pricing released early 2023.  Prices are subject to exchange rate fluctuations – please see terms and conditions for all booking conditions.



All travel subject to COVID situation prevailing


​2023: SOLD OUT

05 Nov – 13 Dec – Full 39 day tour

23 Nov – 13 Dec – Patagonia only 21 day tour


10 Nov – 18 Dec – Full 39 day tour

28 Nov – 18 Dec – Patagonia only 21 day tour


09 Nov – 17 Dec – Full 39 day tour

27 Nov – 17 Dec – Patagonia only 21 day tour


If you are interested in 2024 or 2025 please email us at for more details.

Have your own group?  We can tailor your trip.


Arrival and departure transfers, vehicle hire (manual 4x4 – Nissan Navara, Toyota Hilux, Ford Ranger, Mazda BT50 or similar – the rental fleet changes often), vehicle insurance (standard), compulsory insurance for Chile and Argentina (for personal accidents the people in the car and 3rd persons involved in the accident - valid 45 days), 1 GPS per vehicle, hand held two-way radio in vehicle, border crossing documentation, border crossing authorisation for 2 people per vehicle, accommodation (twin/double), meals as per itinerary (all breakfasts and 10 dinners on 39 day tour, 8 dinners on 21 day tour), 2 boat crossings of Strait of Magellan, support vehicle, Self Drive Adventures escort and local English and Spanish speaking guide.


Airfares return to South America, fuel (approx. USD1,500/AUD2,200 per car on 39 day trip, USD1,000/AUD1,500 per car for 21 day trip),  vehicle excess (excess is approx. USD1,200 – this cannot be reduced by paying an additional daily amount – paid in Chilean Pesos),  road tolls (approx. USD10/AUD15 per car), food other than listed in itinerary (approx. budget USD1,200/AUD1,850 for 39 day tour and USD700/AUD1,080 for 21 day tour per person excluding drinks), entrance fees to monuments and national parks (approx. USD135/AUD195 per person), border crossing authorisation for 3rd of 4th person per vehicle (approx. USD100/USD145 per person), any pre-post tour accommodation requested, ferry from Porvenir to Punta Arenas (this is only scheduled 1 day per week so we most likely will drive this section of the tour), local tips (approx. USD300/AUD440), travel insurance (medical evacuation insurance highly recommended), visas (if required), vaccinations (if required), any other items of a personal nature and local tips.  Car excess and car rental terms and conditions will be supplied separately.



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