Self drive Patagonia vacation including Mapuche culture

An eighteen day, self drive and tailor made trip around Patagonia and its magnificent national parks, staying in hotels but also with local family hosts, giving you time to really immerse yourself in Mapuche culture.
Summit Villarrica and Sollipulli volcanoes Rainforest hiking with guide and pack horse Overnight in traditional Mapuche ‘ruka’ Conguillio National Park Araucarias forest and Huerquehue National Park Villarrica National park Chiloe National Park Car rental Homestays
Price
£2299 including domestic flights only
Duration
18 Days
Countries
Chile, Patagonia
Type
Tailor made
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1 domestic flight - Accommodation, meals, excursions and private transfer per itinerary - Rental car for 14 days - Road book - Mobile phone - Traveler contribution to the Solidarity Development Fund. Price based on 2 or more people sharing.
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Description of Self drive Patagonia vacation including Mapuche culture

Price information

£2299 including domestic flights only
1 domestic flight - Accommodation, meals, excursions and private transfer per itinerary - Rental car for 14 days - Road book - Mobile phone - Traveler contribution to the Solidarity Development Fund. Price based on 2 or more people sharing.
Ple
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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Travel guides

Chile
Running down South America's west coast for 4,300km (think Norway to Nigeria), Chile sweeps from the world's driest desert to glaciers in league with ...
Patagonia
A Patagonia vacation stirs the heart of every red-blooded adventurer. The promise of calving glaciers, of penguin-peppered ice fields, of remote island...

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3 Reviews of Self drive Patagonia vacation including Mapuche culture

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Reviewed on 03 May 2019 by

The trip was wonderful in all aspects, perfect in organization and unique in its kind. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Apr 2018 by

There were so many highlights but the two most memorable parts of the vacation were climbing the beautiful Villarrica volcano and spending 4 days in the breathtaking wilderness of the Torres del Paine National Park. Everywhere we stayed we wished we had been able to stay longer - it is such as beautiful country. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Dec 2017 by

We really liked having the freedom to explore on our own with the comfort of having a safety net. Self guided trips are the way to go. Our agent, Federica, was the absolute best. Read full review

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet

This is a tailor-made, independent trip; groups are very small, normally comprised of 2 to 4 people, helping to minimise the negative environmental and social impact.

This is a journey through the Chilean Patagonia. Much of the trip is spent in pristine nature, including four beautiful National parks. Our travelers are briefed by local guides as to how to minimise their impact on the environment. Advise includes staying on marked tracks, only picnicking on designated areas and disposing of all waste responsibly.

Travelers will experience the extraordinary beauty of this natural environment: millennial native rainforests, snow-capped volcanoes, waterfalls and lakes. Useful tips on how to travel responsibly, as well as information on local flora and fauna can also be found in the road book we provide to our travelers.
On this tour, we work with authentic lodging run by people aware of their environmental responsibilities. Most of the accommodation consists of traditional constructions, often built using local materials such as native woods.

On the Island of Chiloe, travelers will meet a group local fishermen who have created an association for the protection and development of their natural heritage. Aware of the negative impact of fishing on biodiversity, they are using tourism as a new source of income. Travelers will learn about local marine life including penguins, sea lions, sea otters and pelicans among other animals.

People

We want local populations to benefit from the resources generated by tourism, by putting as much as possible back into the local communities. We support local employment and communities in our choice of accommodation, tours, restaurants, etc. We always take into consideration the feedback we receive from the local population to try to improve the quality of services in the best way possible.

During this trip, travelers will have a chance to familiarize with customs and traditions of Mapuche rural families. A truly authentic opportunity to participate in the ceremonial and cultural activities of these small communities, while at the same time supporting local businesses. Three nights spent at Carlos and Marta ‘s Ruka, an excellent example of Mapuche architecture, locally sourced and biodegradable.

All travelers are provided with detailed guidelines as to how to travel responsibly. We provide our travelers with a road book with useful information on local culture and customs.

We donate 3% of the total price of this trip to co-fund micro-projects implemented by local schools, associations and ONGs. These are community projects based on education and conservation activities, especially addressed to young people.

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