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Patagonia Self Drive: Puerto Madryn to El Calafate

Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,116

Explore the wilderness of Argentine Patagonia on this convenient self-drive from Puerto Madryn to El Calafate, which lets you explore at your own pace as you spot whales off the coast, trek across the calving ice of Perito Moreno Glacier, and admire the barren landscape and towering rocks of the far south.


This 7-day Argentina self-drive vacation takes you through Argentine Patagonia from Puerto Madryn to El Calafate. It features first-class accommodations, independent tours, and is a great way to explore the beautiful wilderness of Patagonia. 

Your journey begins in Trelew, Argentina, where you’ll collect your rental car and begin your self-drive through Argentine Patagonia. End your first day in Puerto Madryn, a coastal resort town in northeastern Patagonia. Spend two nights based in Puerto Madryn, exploring the Valdes Peninsula, which is known for its stunning beaches and large colonies of sea lions and elephant seals living along the coast. You may even spot migrating whales in the Atlantic waters. Continue south and visit the Punta Tombo Penguin Rookery, where up to half a million Magellanic Penguins nest between September and April. Spend the night in the coastal city of Comodoro Rivadavia on the San Jorge Gulf before continuing along Route 40 into the Patagonian steppe.  

Cross a landscape of imposing emptiness, where rocky plateaus and sparse vegetation are all you can see for dozens of kilometres in every direction. Reach Lago Posada and Lago Pueyrredon, where you’ll be blown away by the vibrant colours of the waters. Spend the night on the banks of the lake before continuing south towards El Calafate and crossing into Patagonia Park to admire the scenery of 300m-high rock walls and spot Patagonian wildlife such as the llama-like guanacos. Reach El Calafate, where you’ll spend two nights and head on a tour of Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the world’s largest glaciers and the only advancing glacier in the world. Watch the ice calve from the massive glacial face and stand in awe of nature’s power. 

You’ll then return to El Calafate, where your tour ends, but consider extending your stay in Patagonia with a trip into Chile to visit Torres del Paine National Park. 


 

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Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,116

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Day 1

Puerto Madryn

Upon your arrival in Trewlew Argentina, you collect your rental car and make your way to your hotel in Puerto Madryn. Actual hotel is confirmed at time of booking. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Driving distance; 64KM (50 minutes)

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Territorio

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    Hotel Territorio



    The hotel is located in Punta Cuevas, Territorio and offers modern rooms with free Wi-Fi and views of the Patagonian Sea. Facilities include a gym and a spa. Free private parking is possible on site. Territorio's spa is ideal for relaxation, offering a hot tub, …

    The hotel is located in Punta Cuevas, Territorio and offers modern rooms with free Wi-Fi and views of the Patagonian Sea. Facilities include a gym and a spa. Free private parking is possible on site. Territorio's spa is ideal for relaxation, offering a hot tub, massages and a dry sauna.
    Puerto Madryn's city centre is 2 km away.

    Facilities

    • Free Parking
    • Free WiFi
    • Spa and Fitness

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Day 2

Puerto Madryn

Today is free to explore or visit the Valdes Peninsula, A Patagonian nature reserve that'll let you escape as you witness the wildlife and beautiful scenery of the many beaches and cliffs that surround you.

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Day 3

Puerto Madryn, Comodoro Rivadavia

Today you will start to head south by car towards Comodoro Rivadavia. On your way, you will visit Punta Tombo Penguin Rockery. After your visit your will proceed back to route 3 and continue your journey to Comodoro Rivadavia.

Driving distance: 566KM (10 hours including visit to Punta Tombo)

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Lucania Palazzo Hotel

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    Lucania Palazzo Hotel



    Featuring a restaurant, a piano bar, a sauna, and gym facilities, Lucania Palazzo Hotel offers rooms with free Wi-Fi and plasma TVs in downtown Comodoro Rivadavia. The Petroleum Museum is 3.5 km away. A buffet breakfast is served daily. International dishes can be ordered at …

    Featuring a restaurant, a piano bar, a sauna, and gym facilities, Lucania Palazzo Hotel offers rooms with free Wi-Fi and plasma TVs in downtown Comodoro Rivadavia. The Petroleum Museum is 3.5 km away.
    A buffet breakfast is served daily. International dishes can be ordered at Patagonia Restaurant. Drinks and snacks can be enjoyed at the Piano Bar.
    Lucania Palazzo Hotel is 13.3 km from Rada Tilly and and 11.3 km from General Enrique Mosconi Airport.

    Facilities

    • Free WiFi
    • Gym
    • Parking
    • Pets non permitted

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Day 4

Comodoro Rivadavia, Lago Posadas

After breakfast at the hotel, you will continue your drive heading south-west to route 40 where the only attraction is the immense steppe. After arriving Lago Posadas, south of the Patagonia Park, you'll find the Posadas and Pueyrredon lakes that will blow you away with the incredible contrasts of colours in the lakes. After you adventure through Lago Posadas, you'll go to the hotel where you'll spend the night.

Driving distance: 587KM (8 hours)

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Rio Tarde Casa Patagonica

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    Rio Tarde Casa Patagonica



    Rio Tarde Casa Patagonica features accommodation in Lago Posadas. This hotel offers a concierge service, a tour desk and free WiFi. The hotel has a terrace and garden views, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or a drink at the bar. Rio …

    Rio Tarde Casa Patagonica features accommodation in Lago Posadas. This hotel offers a concierge service, a tour desk and free WiFi. The hotel has a terrace and garden views, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or a drink at the bar.
    Rio Tarde Casa Patagonica offers a continental or buffet breakfast.
    Guests at the accommodation will be able to enjoy activities in and around Lago Posadas, like hiking.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Free Internet
    • Library
    • Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Sun Terrace

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Day 5

Lago Posadas, El Calafate

After breakfast at the hotel, you will continue to make your way south down route 40. On your way, you'll stop in the Canadon Rio Pinturas entrance of the Patagonia Park where you can take in the amazing scenery of the 300m high walls and the land of colours.

After visiting the Canadon Rio Pinturas Portal, you'll make your way back onto route 40 where you'll drive south to get to El Calafate. This is where you'll spend the night.

Driving distance: 668KM (10 hours 40 minutes, including the visit to Canadon Rio Pinturas)

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Hosteria Xelena

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    Hosteria Xelena



    Hosteria Xelena is located at Argentino Lake in El Calafate. Guests that are staying here can admire the landscape while unwinding in the Health Club, where a 70-square-meter swimming pool is also situated. Free WiFi and parking services are provided. Hosteria Xelena also offers fitness …

    Hosteria Xelena is located at Argentino Lake in El Calafate. Guests that are staying here can admire the landscape while unwinding in the Health Club, where a 70-square-meter swimming pool is also situated. Free WiFi and parking services are provided.
    Hosteria Xelena also offers fitness and wellness facilities, including a hot tub and a sauna. Massage treatments and spa sessions are available at extra cost
    In addition to the Health Bar, dining options feature Mora Restaurant, the Pierrot Bistro and Coral Coffee shop with wonderful views of the lake.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Gym/Fitness Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant
    • Sauna

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Day 6

El Calafate

After breakfast at the Hotel, you’ll be transferred to the Perito Moreno glacier for a tour. Here you will get to see the glacier, one of the largest and the only advancing glacier in the world.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION: Minitrekking

You’ll then be transferred back to the hotel where you’ll spend the night.
Note: In the afternoon, you will return your rental car.

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Day 7

El Calafate

The trip comes to an end today after breakfast.

OPTIONAL: Transfer to the airport or Private transfer from El Calafate to Torres del Paine National Park.

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DEPARTURES:

Daily Oct-Dec

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • All Accommodation including Breakfast
  • Rental Car: Chevrolet Prisma or similar
  • GPS system with car
  • Additional authorized driver
  • Unlimited mileage
  • Theft protection and deductible insurance

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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4 Nov 2021
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