The Carretera Austral

Chile's Northern Patagonia

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The Carretera Austral

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The Carretera Austral begins where Chile’s Lakes District ends, snaking south for 1240km into a land of dense forests, snow-tipped mountains, glacial streams, islands and swift-flowing rivers.

When you hear the term ‘Southern Highway’, you might imagine an orderly, well-paved route through the wilderness. You’d be wrong. Northern Patagonia, which the Carretera Austral bisects, is home to pioneers who’ve managed to tame the land just enough to make a living in the small settlements that dot the route. The road – a Pinochet-commissioned project that took over 20 years to complete – is still Chile’s most challenging road trip.

  

  

 

7 Nights Program Overview

Day 1 Arrival in Balmaceda and transfer to Hotel.
Day 2 Full Day excursion to Laguna San Rafael.
Day 3 Full day excursion to Queulat National Park.
Day 4 Full day excursion to Capillas de Mármol.
Day 5 Full day excursion to Caleta Tortel.
Day 6 Return to Puerto Chacabuco.
Day 7 Excursion to Aikén del Sur Park.
Day 8 Departure to Balmaceda Airport.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival in Balmaceda and transfer to Hotel.

  • Regular Transfer from Balmaceda to Hotel.
  • Dinner at the Hotel.
  • Accommodation in Puerto Chacabuco

Day 2 – Full Day excursion to Laguna San Rafael (L).

* Today you will have only coffee and biscuits for breakfast.

Get on board at Puerto Chacabuco and set off towards Laguna San Rafael to be part of an adventure to one of the last natural wonders of the world.

Sailing through the channels of Chilean Patagonia, discover the native forests merging with the sea in a stunning spectacle. Sail the 125 nautical miles onboard the Chaiten catamaran or Campo de Hielo Sur rough Patagonian channels, green islands and lush natural fjords, ending your trip at the foot of the San Valentin glacier, where the spectacular breaking up of ice-sheets, sends ice floes into the Laguna San Rafael

Live this experience from the comfort of our modern catamaran and its maximum safety, along with our renowned onboard service.

  • All-inclusive service on board, open bar on the return trip.
  • Zodiac excursion (subject to weather conditions).
  • Dinner at the Hotel.
  • Accommodation in Puerto Chacabuco

Day 3 – Full day excursion to Queulat National Park (L).

Queulat National Park is one of the most beautiful National Parks in Chilean Patagonia. With a surface area of more than 150,000km2, Queulat National Park has a forest, a rainy coastal climate, 2 ice-fields and 7 glaciers. Its mountains sink into the sea and have 8 beautiful rivers running through it. It also has cetaceans and marine birds in the Queulat Fjord and hot springs nearby.

  • Dinner at the Hotel.
  • Accommodation in Puerto Chacabuco

Day 4 – Full day excursion to Capillas de Mármol (L).

The “Capillas de Marmol” (Marble Cathedral) are a group of strange, but incredibly beautiful rock formations that sit in the General Carrera Lake and are one of the best known attractions of the Carretera Austral.

Declared sanctuaries, the Capillas de Marmol are calcium carbonate formations which over the years have been eroded by the waters of the General Carrera Lake, creating islets which are navigable on small boats.

*On the way you will visit Escuela de Cerro Castillo Museum and Alero de las Manos.

  • Dinner and Accommodation at Lodge in Lago General Carrera.

Day 5 – Full day excursion to Caleta Tortel (L).

Caleta Tortel is one of the most touristic places in Chilean Patagonia, known for the unequalled beauty of its wooden walkways and the color of the Baker River’s waters. It is the southernmost town of the Aysen Region and part of the sixth largest, but least populated district of the country. The area has an estuary basin formed by the mouth of Chile’s largest river, the Baker, along with other important rivers.
The place’s rough geography creates an unbeatable landscape, characterized by an archipelago containing numerous islands and channels, along with beautiful valleys and glaciers of varying sizes.
The town’s history dates from 1520, a period when it was inhabited by the now extinct Kawesqar nomads. Its definitive foundation dates from 1955, after numerous attempts to populate the zone which is mainly dedicated to the exploitation of Guaiteca Cypress trees, forestry preservation and of course, tourism.

  • Dinner and Accommodation at Lodge in Lago General Carrera.

Day 6 – Return to Puerto Chacabuco.

  • Transfer from Puerto Bertrand to Puerto Chacabuco.
  • Dinner at the Hotel.
  • Accommodation in Puerto Chacabuco

Day 7 – Excursion to Aikén del Sur Park (L).

Just fifteen minutes from Hotel Loberias del Sur, enjoy all the biodiversity of Chilean Patagonia in Aiken del Sur Park. In this amazing 300-hectare eco-tourism reserve, you will find four trails that are especially set up for trekking.
Aiken del Sur Park has a Visitor Center where you can find out all about the Park’s activities, botany, tours and anthropology of the Aysen Region. In addition, in our roofed barbecue area, you will be able to enjoy Patagonian style folk shows and lamb barbecues.

Activities: You can start an approximate 2 hour walk, along four natural trails which will take you to see the region’s flora and fauna. This activity is done in groups and is accompanied by specialist guides. The trails are equipped with educational panels and stations to find out and learn about special environmental phenomena; with rest areas, bridges, viewpoints and panoramic platforms where you will be able to enjoy spectacular views. To end your visit to the park, we invite you to savor a typical Patagonian barbecue, with the show provided by a folk group.

Day 8 – Departure from Balmaceda Airport.

After breakfast. Regular transfer from Hotel to Balmaceda Airport.

Inclusions

Inclusions

Our room rates let you experience the expedition without worries and include:

  • Regular transfer.
  • Every day accommodation
  • All tour specify throw the itinerary.
  • Coffee and biscuit breakfast on day 2.
  • Breakfast, lunch (L) and dinner as specify the itinerary.
  • Unlimited use of Gym and Sauna at the hotel.
  • Free WiFi at Hotel in Puerto Chacabuco.

 Not Included

  • International and internal flights and Airport taxes.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Items of personal nature.
  • Alcoholic beverages or bottled water & snack.
  • Meals at hotels do not include beverages.
  • Health and travel insurances.
  • Meals not mentioned in the program.
  • Phone calls or messages.
  • Tips to drivers, guides and porters.
  • Other services not specified in the itinerary.

Airfares

Travel Just 4U has competitive South America Flights to get you to the starting point of your chosen Holiday. Contact one of our Travel Consultants for a full quotation including airfares, stopovers and any additional travel you wish to organize.

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