Venturing along the Carretera Austral, one of the most spectacular roads in South America.
Taking in the immenseness and desolate beauty of the ice fields.
Visit the Marble Caves on Lago Carrera General.
Hike or horseride from your Patagonian lodge.
- Punta Arenas
- Torres del Paine National Park
- Punta Arenas
- Puerto Montt
- Puerto Varas
- Caleta Gonzalo
- Lago General Carrera
- Villa O Higgins
- Chacabuco Valley & Parque Patagonia
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Day 1 Santiago
Day 2 Torres del Paine National Park
Day 3 Torres del Paine National Park
Day 4 Torres del Paine National Park
Day 5 Puerto Varas
Depart this morning to head back to the Punta Arenas airport and fly to Puerto Montt, where you will pick up your hire car for the next 2 weeks! Drive less than an hour to your hotel on the shores of Lake Llanquihue.
Day 6 Puerto Varas
Day 7 Caleta Gonzalo
Puerto Varas , Caleta Gonzalo
Today you will need to set off very early as you start your journey south along the Carretera Austral from Puerto Montt to Caleta Gonzalo. This journey involves three ferry crossings and sections of tarmac and gravel road. If you're not too tired when you arrive at Caleta Gonzalo, there are a couple of short hikes nearby you could try.
Day 8 Futaleufú
Caleta Gonzalo , Futaleufú
Today you will continue south along the Carretera Austral, past Chaitén, then turn off towards the small mountain village of Futaleufu near the Argentine border.
Day 9 Futaleufú
The hotel can advise you on hiking routes in the area, you can head into the village in your car, and allow some time to relax and enjoy the spectacular views from the hotel.
Day 10 Puyuhuapi
Futaleufú , Puyuhuapi
Today you will retrace your steps to the Carretera Austral and continue south to your lodge near Puyuhuapi.
Day 11 Puyuhuapi
Today I would recommend driving to the Queulat National Park where there is a great hike up to a viewpoint of a hanging glacier. You could also go kayaking at the lake by the hotel.
Day 12 Coyhaique
Puyuhuapi , Coyhaique
Day 13 Lago General Carrera
Coyhaique , Lago General Carrera
Start along the road towards Balmaceda and then rejoin the Carretera Austral which winds its way towards Lake General Carrera — the views as you approach are stunning and you will then continue along the edge of the lake to your hotel just outside Puerto de Guadal.
Day 14 Lago General Carrera
Lago General Carrera
Enjoy activities from your lodge. Choose to visit the famous Marble Caves, take a boat onto the beautiful lake, undertake some fly fishing on the Baker River or walk or horse ride in some untouched corners of Patagonia.
Day 15 Lago General Carrera
Lago General Carrera
Today you will need to drive around the lake to Puerto Marmol where you can go by boat or kayak to the beautiful marble caves.
Day 16 Tortel
Lago General Carrera , Tortel
Continue on the Carretera Austral, south to the road-free Tortel. You will have some time in the afternoon to explore the boardwalks of the town, which has only been connected to the world by road since 2000.
Day 17 Villa O Higgins
Tortel , Villa O Higgins
Day 18 Villa O Higgins
Villa O Higgins
Today you have a shared boat trip to the Great (or O'Higgins) Glacier. Please note this trip is subject to weather conditions.
Day 19 Chacabuco Valley & Parque Patagonia
Day 20 Chacabuco Valley & Parque Patagonia
Day 21 Santiago
Drive back to Balmaceda today, returning the hire car in time for the flight to Santiago. You will be met and taken to your hotel. Enjoy your last evening in the bustling capital.
Day 22 Return home
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