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Self Drive by Journey Latin America

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Break away from the crowds and unleash your sense of adventure with the freedom of your own transportation. Our self-drive holidays in Central and South America allow you to discover secluded beauty spots, stop at villages far from the tourist trail, and take your time meandering through winding canyons or beside crystalline fjords: a hire car will give you unrivalled access to corners of Latin America other visitors seldom reach.

These holidays suit those of an independent spirit, who like to travel at their own pace, getting beneath the surface of a destination by exploring it in depth. Meanwhile with the reassurance of expert planning, reservations at carefully-selected hotels, support

Break away from the crowds and unleash your sense of adventure with the freedom of your own transportation. Our self-drive holidays in Central and South America allow you to discover secluded beauty spots, stop at villages far from the tourist trail, and take your time meandering through winding canyons or beside crystalline fjords: a hire car will give you unrivalled access to corners of Latin America other visitors seldom reach.

These holidays suit those of an independent spirit, who like to travel at their own pace, getting beneath the surface of a destination by exploring it in depth. Meanwhile with the reassurance of expert planning, reservations at carefully-selected hotels, support from the Journey Latin America team whenever you need it, you can be sure of a smooth journey underpinned by sound organisation and insider knowledge.

Explore the magnificent landscapes of Patagonia on our Self-drive Patagonia: The open road to Torres del Paine holidays. This trip showcases the Lake District and Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina, as well as Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. Each area is situated in the most significant surroundings, offering uniquely different experiences once you've parked the car.

Or, see Cuba's highlights from the comfort of your own hire-care on our Self-drive Cuba: Best of the West holidays. Walk around Havana's historic centre, drive through limestone landscapes in the Viñales Valley and move on to the country's historic cities, Cienfuegos and colonial gem Trinidad.

If you wish to take the whole family to Latin America, our Family Mexico: A self-drive adventure is the perfect choice for you. With plenty of sunshine, sandy beaches and exciting jungle ruins, the Yucatán Peninsula is the perfect destination for families. Visit colonial cities, explore temples and pyramids hidden in the jungle, and relax on the beach in Holbox.

Our latest (2018) self-drive exploration is in a country you may not have thought of as a great road touring destination - safe and friendly Panama. Our Self-drive Panama: Discover the Pacific coast has you exploring the sun-drenched Pacific coastline, discovering off the beaten track gems along the way and climbing up into a bird-filled cloudforest.

Self Drive Holidays

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Walk round Havana’s historic centre; then drive on to Cuba’s other historic cities, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Sancti Spíritus and Camagüey. Visit Bayamo and hike in the Sierra Maestra, Castro’s pre-revolution hiding place. Finally, Cuba’s second city, Santiago; finish off your holiday at remote Baracoa either on the beach, or hiking.

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This holiday for independent and adventurous travellers takes you to the delightful Argentine lake district and the wilderness landscape of snow-tipped mountains and glaciers in the far south. You’ll explore at your own pace in a hire-car and with the reassurance that all your accommodation is pre-booked.

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Patagonia. A word which evokes primeval wilderness and hardy exploration; remote, intact landscapes of glaciers, skeletal mountains and turquoise lakes. A huge territory that is best appreciated at a leisurely pace and away from the crowds. We supply you with useful information and pre-book your accommodation in three distinct areas of the region.

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Explore Argentina’s north-western reaches at your own pace on our self-drive through Salta and Jujuy, a land of rust-red canyons, Spanish colonial towns, a thriving indigenous culture and sweeping vineyards. In addition, we take you exploring in Buenos Aires, the Iguazú Falls and finally to relax on an estancia in the sunlit sierras of Córdoba.

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Chile still harbours regions which, although of outstanding natural beauty, are little visited wildernesses. Explore scantily-populated Chiloé Island and hidden corners of the lake district with us and then the Aisén region of fjords and glaciers by hire-car: it’s a real adventure on the road.

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