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The idea for this Patagonia self-drive tour is to join the Atlantic Patagonia with the Lakes District, in an area that is full of contrasts. You’ll start from Puerto Madryn and Peninsula Valdés, which is home to incredible species such as the Southern Right Whale, penguins, Killer Whales, sea elephants, and more. Will then continue through Gaiman and the welsh route, crossing from the sea to the Andes through the mythical steppe. Right at the feet of the Andes, the first attractions will be Esquel, and Trevelin (in October have beautiful Tulipan plantations). The idea is to continue up north driving along the route 40, passing by Los Alerces National Park, El Bolson, Lago Puelo, and then reach Bariloche. This is a flexible tour, and if you’d like to see some other samples, you can check our Argentina road trips page.
You can do this circuit almost all year long, but if you can, do it in October, since you can find plenty of wildlife and the Tulipan fields at the same time, together with other incredible landscapes. We invite you to plan your Patagonia road trip together, and adapt it to your needs and preferences!
Overnight in Peninsula Valdes, in the type of accommodation that adapts the most to your preferences.
Overnight in Gaiman, in the type of accommodation that adapts the most to your preferences.
Today, you’ll cross Patagonia through the legendary steppe. After breakfast, continue driving along the valley of the Chubut River, until you get into to the Patagonian steppe. If you can and have the time, visit the petrified forests (it’s a small area, not the famous one) near Florentino Ameghino, and the dam of Florentino Ameghino as well. The dam is quite impressive since you reach an area -in the middle of the steppe- which is surrounded by rock walls and the lake in the middle. This lake is made by the dam, which controls the flow of the Chubut River. Continue driving to the west, passing by places such as Los Altares, until reaching Esquel. Then, continue a little further to Trevelin, another welsh village at the feet of the Andes. The drive takes 6-7 hours, depending on the conditions of the road and the stopovers you make (which will make the day longer).
Overnight in Trevelin, in the type of accommodation that adapts the most to your preferences.
Overnight in Trevelin, or if you want, you can overnight in Villa Futalaufquen, inside Los Alerces National Park, the next attraction to visit.
Transfer to the airport, and flight back to Buenos Aires.
If you liked this trip, you might also be interested in our Ruta 40 Argentina road trip.
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