Southern Carretera Austral
Explore the Southern half of the Austral Road which runs from Coyhaique to Caleta Yungay. Imagine driving along a road with stunning views of fjords, stunning Andes mountains, waterfalls, hot springs, glaciers and lakes. You can also visit small cities and idyllic villages of a singular beauty, filled with history and traditions.
Itinerary at a glance
Day 1 – Balmaceda – Coyhaique
Day 2 – Coyhaique – Puerto Guadal
Day 3 – Puerto Guadal
Day 4 – Puerto Guadal – Caleta Tortel
Day 5 – Caleta Tortel – Cochrane
Day 6 – Cochrane – Puerto Guadal
Day 7 – Puerto Guadal – Balmaceda.
Drive southwards towards Puerto Guadal (277 Km. paved and unpaved road / 5 hours approx.)
On the way you will be able to explore the village of Villa Cerro Castillo, Puerto Rio Tranquilo on the shore of the General Carrera Lake, and the exceptional “Marble Chapels”.
Accommodation at Mirador de Guadal.
We recommend a Visit to Valle Exploradores. Highlights: Lago Tranquilo, La Nutria waterfalls, Lago Bayo, Exploradores Park & Exploradores Glacier, La Teresa. Or any activities or hikes around Puerto Guadal (several options)
Accommodation at Mirador de Guadal
Driving south to Caleta Tortel (203 Km. non-paved road), you will see the confluence of Baker & Nef Rivers and on the way to Cochrane, the road runs along a valley surrounded by snowed peaks.
Caleta Tortel the final destination is a village located on Baker Fjord, where the streets have been replaced by footbridges.
Accommodation at Entre Hielos Lodge
Driving back North to Cochrane (128 Km.), you will see the “Cochrane Lake”, Tamango Reserve, San Lorenzo Hill amongst other incredible landscapes.
Accommodation at Último Paraíso
Early in the morning, depart northwards to Puerto Guadal (75 Km.), In the afternoon we recommend a drive on the Southern shore of General Carrera Lake and / or having a hike to the “fossil” mountain.
Accommodation at Terra Luna Lodge
Departure to Balmaceda (241 Km.) airport to return the car (estimated: 5 hour-drive).