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.
- Puerto Montt
- Puerto Varas
- Caleta Gonzalo
- Lago General Carrera
- Villa O Higgins
- Chacabuco Valley & Parque Patagonia
- Punta Arenas
- Torres del Paine National Park
- Punta Arenas
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Day 1 International outbound flight
International outbound flight
Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Santiago.
Day 2 Santiago
Day 3 Puerto Varas
Transfer to the airport this morning for your flight to Puerto Montt. On arrival pick up your hire car and drive to your hotel near Puerto Varas, a short distance away on the shore of Lake Llanquihue.
Day 4 Puerto Varas
Day 5 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 6 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 7 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 8 Puyuhuapi
Futaleufú , Puyuhuapi
Today you will retrace your steps to the Carretera Austral and continue south to your lodge near Puyuhuapi.
Day 9 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 10 Coyhaique
Puyuhuapi , Coyhaique
Day 11 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 12 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 13 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 14 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 15 Villa O Higgins
Tortel , Villa O Higgins
Day 16 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 17 Chacabuco Valley & Parque Patagonia
Day 18 Chacabuco Valley & Parque Patagonia
Day 19 Punta Arenas
Day 20 Torres del Paine National Park
Day 21 Torres del Paine National Park
Day 22 Torres del Paine National Park
Day 23 Santiago
Day 24 International return flight
Santiago , International return flight
Day 25 International return flight
International return flight
Arrive home today to complete your journey.
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