Chile’s Carretera Austral
Patagonia’s Ultimate Road Trip
An adventure along the northern half of the legendary Carretera Austral. Explore the unexplored trails of the Queulat and Pumalin Parks and ferry through stunning fjords, pristine lakes, hot springs and glaciers. Visit villages of a singular beauty, filled with history and traditions. All lodgings will be booked for you, you'll simply need to enjoy the scenery as you drive south towards Coyhaique.
Itinerary at a glance
Day 1 – Chaiten
Day 2 – Chaiten – La Junta
Day 3 – La Junta – Puyuhuapi
Day 4 – Puyuhuapi
Day 5 – Puyuhuapi – Coyhaique – Balmaceda
Pick up car rental at meeting point in Chaiten. The village has many nearby attractions, El Amarillo hot Springs (30Kms), Caleta Gonzalo (56Kms, here the Ferry from Puerto Montt arrives) and Parque Pumalín, Santa Barbara beach (12Kms).
Accommodation at Mi Casa.
On the route going south, visit Puerto Cardenas and Lago Yelcho (46Kms) , Villa Santa Lucia and La Junta (154 Km. paved road) where you can load fuel or have lunch. Then take the X-12 Route towards Puerto Raul Marin Balmaceda, following the Palena river.
Accommodation at Altos de Melimoyu
In Puyuhuapi Lodge & SPA, different activities are available, such as Kayaking, self-guided trekking paths, also the hotel has hot springs that are recommended to visit after a full day of activities to relax, etc. Accommodation at Puyuhuapi Lodge.-
Departure to Balmaceda Airport (277Kms), on the way south the passengers could visit The Queulat National Park with its beautiful trails and the magnificent Ventisquero Colgante (Hanging Glacier).
Find Rio Cisnes and the impressive Piedra el Gato, following south the Carretera Austral is the small town of Villa Amengual. Then you will find lake Las Torres, a unique place to do fly fishing, then pass Mañihuales and finally Coyhaique to go to the airport to return the rental vehicle.