Chile’s Southern Highway, begun in 1976 under the determined project management of General Pinochet, snakes south from Puerto Montt through the country’s remote Aysén region down to southern Patagonia.
The landscape through which you pass is dramatic, pristine, and enticingly studded with waterfalls, rivers, forests and lakes.
The road’s romantic ending is a forced one; at the tiny hamlet of Villa O’Higgins it can go no further, obliged to trail off as the vast Southern Icefield takes over.
Exploring the region
For those keen on road trips, we can organise a hire car and maps, or we can arrange a guide if you are heading for a specific attraction, maybe the towns of Cochrane or Coyhaique, the hanging glaciers of Queulat, or a cruise through the maze of fjords to the mighty glacier upon Lake San Rafael.
If you are short on time, you can fly in to the town of Balmaceda, which allows easy access to the attractions of the region. In this area we recommend the rustic lodges of Mallín Colorado.
Suggested itinerary featuring Northern Patagonia
This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Northern Patagonia, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.