Self-Drive Trips in Argentina

Self-Drive Trips

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Our self-drive tours feature popular destinations like Patagonia, and Northern Argentina. Take the steering wheel and follow our travel experts' recommended self-drive circuits.

Check out our self-drive vacation packages and enjoy our assistance while you hit the South American roads!

Itinerary briefing upon arrival with a local guide

24hs assistance throughout youy journey

Car rental with free KM & GPS

Accommodation with breakfast included

Our special Self-drive Kit, included

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FAQs
Are there automatic cars in Argentina?

Yes, there are, but there are very few. In some cities, there are some models and in others, the only option is to rent manual cars.

Is it possible to rent a car in Buenos Aires and drive around the country?

Yes, it is possible, but the distances are very long. The best is to fly to each destination and take the car you will use on those days at the airport. This way you will enjoy it more and it will be less exhausting.

Will I have internet connection during my trip?

To have internet you must buy a sim card from Argentina and charge it with money. However, there are some routes where you still won’t have good reception. The best thing is to have all the information you will need downloaded and analyzed the route and the stops you would like to make.

Are there gas stations anywhere in Argentina?

No, there are places where it is best to go with a full tank or even go with backup in the trunk, for example in Patagonia, where there are long deserted routes without fuel stations.

Which are the best destinations to rent a car through Argentina and Chile?

The North of Argentina (Salta and Jujuy), Bariloche and the lake area in Chile (Puerto Varas) and the area of El Calafate.

Is it easy to rent a car in Argentina?

For travelers, renting a car in Argentina is a relatively straightforward process. There are several rental agencies, including many huge worldwide agencies.

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Why go on an Argentina Self-drive Holiday?

 

Car and hotel reserved by your travel agent, and you are ready to hit the road! Argentina is the world’s 8th largest country, meaning that finding hundreds of different amazing and uncrowded roads won’t be a problem.

The best part of your self-drive tour is the independence you will have, to stop whenever you like, have a picnic by the lake, no rush at all! 

With these self-drive experiences explore the Seven Lake Route, the most scenic road between Bariloche and Neuquén in Northern Patagonia. Drive through the stunning Calchaquí Valleys in Salta and discover North of Argentina’s amazing culture.

In a self-drive experience like this, enjoy a new way of traveling through Patagonia in Argentina and Chile, and visit iconic National Parks like Torres del Paine.

Best Destinations to Combine for your Self-drive Adventure

Northern Argentina

Your self-drive tour can start in Salta, the jumping-off point for all travelers who seek to visit Northern Argentina. Stunning landscapes will surely join you on the road while driving to the Salt Flats known as Salinas Grandes.

Another unique place you can visit is the world’s heritage of Humahuaca Gorge (Quebrada de Humahuaca, in Spanish), the picturesque towns of Maimara, Tilcara, Humahuaca, and Uquía among other beautiful traditional villages.

Still, Salta being your starting point, you can do your self-drive tour through Argentina’s Calchaquí Valley. Along the way, you’ll find pre-Colombian villages with colorful mountains as backgrounds, typical of Northern Argentina.

You will also visit Cafayate, where you can taste their world-known Torrontés wine.

Northern Patagonia – Lake District

If Southern Argentina is calling you, self-drive tours in Patagonia’s Lake District are your top choice. From Bariloche to Villa La Angostura, driving through the Nahuel Huapi National Park, you will be able to visit Lake Traful, Valle Encantado, and Los Arrayanes National Park and be stunned by their jaw-dropping beauty.

Patagonia

Snow-capped mountains along the way and pure air are some of the things you will experience on the road through Patagonia. In a 6-day self-drive trip you drive through Glaciers National Park to visit the Perito Moreno’s Glacier, or visit the wonderful village of El Chaltén, and go trekking in one of the many hiking trails. El Chaltén, the National capital of Trekking, offers all kinds of level hiking trails.

Suppose you are looking for the whole Patagonia package. In that case, our 13-day self-drive tour is the one: El Calafate, El Chaltén, plus visiting Torres del Paine National Park to meet the iconic towers and hiking the most famous trail in the park that will take you to the base of the Cuernos del Paine.

Last but not least, you will drive to the End of the World city, Ushuaia, where a close encounter with penguins awaits. Not every day you get to self-drive to the End of the World, right?

Tips for your self-drive Adventure

Maps & GPS

Maps & GPS

 

Traveling with a road map is crucial for a seamless and enriching journey. A tangible map provides a comprehensive overview of routes, helping you navigate unfamiliar territories with ease. 

It fosters a sense of independence, allowing travelers to explore off-the-beaten-path destinations. 

Unlike digital alternatives, a physical map doesn’t rely on technology, in Patagonia not all places count with network coverage, so a map is always useful.

Gas Stations

Gas Stations

 

Gas stations in Patagonia are sparse but strategically located, given the vast and remote landscape. Travelers should plan fuel stops carefully, as distances between stations can be considerable. 

These stations often serve as essential waypoints for adventurers exploring the stunning Patagonian wilderness. 

Some offer basic amenities like restrooms and small convenience stores, catering to the unique needs of long-distance travelers. 

Prices can vary, and it’s advisable to fill up whenever possible.

Distances 

Distances 

 

Distances between cities in Patagonia are vast, contributing to the region’s reputation for remote and expansive landscapes. 

You should anticipate long stretches between urban centers, with some routes spanning hundreds of miles. 

The vast distances amplify the sense of isolation and solitude, creating a unique experience for those exploring Patagonia. 

While road networks connect major hubs, the journey often involves traversing pristine wilderness and breathtaking vistas. 

It’s essential to plan routes meticulously, considering fuel availability and occasional scarcity of services. 

Despite the extended travel times, the immense distances between Patagonian cities add to the allure, offering a chance to immerse oneself in the awe-inspiring and untamed beauty of the southernmost reaches of South America.

Road conditions and Altitude

Road conditions and Altitude

 

Road conditions can vary, from well-maintained highways to unpaved rural roads. Stay informed about the state of roads, and if venturing off the beaten path, ensure your vehicle is suitable for rough terrain.

Parts of northern Argentina are at high altitudes. If driving in mountainous regions, be aware of potential altitude-related health issues. Take breaks to acclimate, stay hydrated, and be cautious of signs of altitude sickness.

Maps & GPS

 

Traveling with a road map is crucial for a seamless and enriching journey. A tangible map provides a comprehensive overview of routes, helping you navigate unfamiliar territories with ease. 

It fosters a sense of independence, allowing travelers to explore off-the-beaten-path destinations. 

Unlike digital alternatives, a physical map doesn’t rely on technology, in Patagonia not all places count with network coverage, so a map is always useful.

Distances 

 

Distances between cities in Patagonia are vast, contributing to the region’s reputation for remote and expansive landscapes. 

You should anticipate long stretches between urban centers, with some routes spanning hundreds of miles. 

The vast distances amplify the sense of isolation and solitude, creating a unique experience for those exploring Patagonia. 

While road networks connect major hubs, the journey often involves traversing pristine wilderness and breathtaking vistas. 

It’s essential to plan routes meticulously, considering fuel availability and occasional scarcity of services. 

Despite the extended travel times, the immense distances between Patagonian cities add to the allure, offering a chance to immerse oneself in the awe-inspiring and untamed beauty of the southernmost reaches of South America.

Gas Stations

 

Gas stations in Patagonia are sparse but strategically located, given the vast and remote landscape. Travelers should plan fuel stops carefully, as distances between stations can be considerable. 

These stations often serve as essential waypoints for adventurers exploring the stunning Patagonian wilderness. 

Some offer basic amenities like restrooms and small convenience stores, catering to the unique needs of long-distance travelers. 

Prices can vary, and it’s advisable to fill up whenever possible.

Road conditions and Altitude

 

Road conditions can vary, from well-maintained highways to unpaved rural roads. Stay informed about the state of roads, and if venturing off the beaten path, ensure your vehicle is suitable for rough terrain.

Parts of northern Argentina are at high altitudes. If driving in mountainous regions, be aware of potential altitude-related health issues. Take breaks to acclimate, stay hydrated, and be cautious of signs of altitude sickness.

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