Say Hueque’s founder and director goes on the routes of Patagonia to explore the most off-the-beaten-path spots. He and his family embarked in a motorhome to enjoy their first family trip after a long, long quarantine.


Needless to say that 2020 was a rough year for all travel lovers: stay at home orders and quarantine have put us in a situation unlike anything most of us have ever experienced before.

Say Hueque´s Founder and Director, Rafa Mayer, decided to wrap up 2020 in a different way.  Rafa, his wife and his seven and twelve- year-old sons– Tobías and Camilo –  embarked on a road trip adventure across Patagonia in order to spend New Year´s Eve surrounded by the most beautiful natural wonders. 


Road trip to Patagonia – Argentina

The trip began in Bariloche, where they picked up their new home for a couple of weeks: a cozy but modern Motorhome.  

Since the objective of the trip was to reconnect with nature, this self-propelled and self-sufficient vehicle seemed to Rafa a great choice for travelling safely  and independently , prioritizing their  time for exploring remote and uncrowded areas.

They departed from Bariloche headed North, stopped at Traful Lake, where they spent a magical New Year´s Eve dining on the shores of this brilliantly blue lake, under a beautiful starry sky. This is a very quiet area of Patagonia, where you can see pristine lakes surrounded by the Andes almost in complete solitude, and just 100 km away from the town of Bariloche (where the airport is located, with daily flights from Buenos Aires).

After this, the  Mayer Family headed back to the south and their next top Villa La Angostura, a small town on the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi, that is surrounded by other lakes and the Andes Mountain Range. This area is heavily influenced by the European immigration at the turn on the century, giving it a Swiss- German feeling. They continued their travels, visiting Mascardi Lake and Manso Valley. Manso valley surprised them with its unique mountain landscapes and its astonishing beauty so they stayed longer and went horseback riding across the valley and rafting along the river. They had a blast!


Days later, they continued their route to Los Alerces National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and parked the motorhome on the shores of Rivadavia Lake. There, they enjoyed trekking in the Alerces woods, beautiful family picnics and watching memorable sunsets while drinking Mate. 

As their last – but definitely not least – destination they stopped over at Estancia Peuma Hue, an enchanting hotel and Eco-lodge nestled within the grounds Nahuel Huapi National Park. There, they went kayaking on crystal clear Gutiérrez Lake and horseback riding.

Although the motorhome was comfortable, it was great to stay in a hotel for a couple of nights.


This amazing trip was a great opportunity for Mayer’s family to spend time together and make up for the untraveled time in 2020. The fact that Argentina has opened up to domestic travel, encouraging Argentine citizens to travel around their own country, made it possible to sustain small local economies (in some places that rely on tourism) which  have suffered the terrible consequences of last year´s pandemic and lockdowns.

Their Patagonia Road trip was an amazing experience that Rafa´s family will never forget.

If this adventure awake your travel bug, we invite you to check some Family Trips ideas here.

 

Enjoy a 6-day self-drive travel experience and explore the incredible national parks of Argentina lake district. Drive through Nahuel Huapi National Park from Bariloche to Villa La Angostura and continue to San Martín de Los Andes, the gateway to Lanin National Park and meet the imposing Lanin Volcano. This is not just a self-drive trip, we’ll share with you our insider tips to discover Patagonia and you’ll receive 24/7 assistance from our local experts!

 

 

Enjoy a 6-day self-drive travel experience to Argentina’s Calchaquí Valleys and explore the natural wonders of the north. Drive through the gorges of the valley and the daring Cuesta del Obispo. Discover the colonial architecture of the little northern villages, the regional museums and the traditional vineyards of Cafayate. This is not just a self-drive trip, we’ll share with you our insider tips to discover Northern Argentina and you’ll receive 24/7 assistance from our local experts!

 

 

Enjoy a 5-day self-drive travel experience through Northern Argentina and explore incredible landscapes of multicolored mountains. Discover the natural marvel of Humahuaca Gorge, travel on high to visit gleaming salt flats, meet northerners, and learn about their ancient culture. This is not just a self-drive trip, we’ll share with you our insider tips to discover Northern Argentina and you’ll receive 24/7 assistance from our local experts!

 

Enjoy a 13-day self-drive travel experience and explore the incredible national parks of Argentine and Chilean Patagonia. Drive from El Calafate to Ushuaia in the southernmost corner of Argentina, and cross the border to Chile to visit the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park. This is not just a self-drive trip, we’ll share with you our insider tips to discover Patagonia and you’ll receive 24/7 assistance from our local experts!

 

Enjoy a 6-day self-drive travel experience in Patagonia and explore El Calafate, the Argentine capital of glaciers. Drive through Glaciers National Park to reach the boardwalks facing the mighty Perito Moreno Glacier and enjoy some quality hiking time in El Chaltén.  This is not just a self-drive trip, we’ll share with you our insider tips to discover Patagonia and you’ll receive 24/7 assistance from our local experts!

Carretera Austral is a road that spans more than 1200 kilometers and runs south through Southern Chilean Patagonia. It is an unpaved road that helps connect to other roads by ferry and passes through abundant moderate rainforests and skirts fjords.

This road is heavily surrounded hanging glaciers, lush green valleys, snow capped peaks, winding glacial rivers and open plains.

In other words, Carretera Austral is one of the best routes to explore self driving. It begins where Chile’s Lakes District ends and then leads its way into a land of snow-tipped mountains, swift flowing rivers and dense forests.

This road, to date, is Chile’s most challenging road trip. While some parts of it are properly paved, most of the highway is still full of gravel and dirt so you will probably be hitting a lot of potholes while you are on the road.

ROAD TRIPS

When talking about Carretera Austral, you can’t simply miss out on the fact that some of the most exciting and thrilling road trips can be made along this road. People generally say that there is nothing quite like the freedom of an open road gives you but in the words of most travelers, “There is nothing like the freedom of the Carretera Austral.

As it follows the Southern Highway, you get to see the most breathtaking fjords and lakes, and then it climbs over the magnificent peaks, which in itself is a truly unforgettable experience.

MISTY MOUNTAINS

As you pass by high-end and secluded fishing lodges, you will encounter the highest and toughest section of the Carretera Austral. This occurs around the mist-shrouded Parque Nacional Queulat, which is wedged between two rocky mountains. This area makes for a particularly rough and difficult drive as you meander your way through narrow and steep serpentine curves that are surrounded with rocks and huge potholes.

As soon as you reach the fishing community of Puerto Cisnes, you will heave a sigh of relief as you enter an area of beautifully paved road. From there on, it is nothing but a smooth sail all the way till the regional capital of Coyhaique.

You will experience a tiny bump though during your journey, where a partly paved gravel road joins Coyhaique with the shores of Lago General Carrera.

As difficult and rough as it sounds, Carretera Austral will undeniably provide you with a life-time, memorable road trip experience and will also help you explore your self-driving.

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