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

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

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Self drive Patagonia vacation including Mapuche culture


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.


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.

1 Reviews of Self drive Patagonia vacation including Mapuche culture

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 14 Dec 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

I have been asked this question several times and it is very difficult to answer. Our entire trip was an adventure and each part was unique and had it's positives
and negatives. 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.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Really review your itinerary and make sure everything is outlined. For example, I wanted to visit the coast, but living in a coastal region, it wasn't as exciting
as I thought it would be. Really think about what you would like to see and do in advance.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

We had a fabulous experience and I would not hesitate booking a similar trip with Responsible Travel.

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