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Cerro Castillo

Cerro Castillo (Argentina)

Practical information on Cerro Castillo

2 / 5 - 2 reviews
How to get there
3 hours 40 minutes from Calafate in Argentina and 45 minutes from Puerto Natales in Chile
When to go
All year round but be careful, snowfalls between June and August can mean the border crossing point is closed.
Minimum stay
A few hours

Reviews of Cerro Castillo

Fanny Dumond Seasoned Traveller
64 written opinions

Cerro Castillo is a border crossing point in Patagonia, between Argentina and Chile, on the road between Calafate on the Argentine side and Torres del Paine national park on the Chile side.

My suggestion:
Check the opening and closing hours of the border crossing which vary according to the season. It's not open 24/7 and it would be a pity to have to go backwards!
My review
The first time I crossed the frontier at Cerro Castillo I remember being very surprised at this tiny office perched in the middle of the steppe, and worrying about the Argentine and Chilean customs officers who had to live in a place that is so isolated from the world.

Be aware, when you are travelling to Chile, that the customs officers are very particular and it is strictly forbidden to take fruit or other fresh food into the country in your suitcase. Their inspection is meticulous.

In Cerro Castillo you can eat something, buy some postcards and other souvenirs and get petrol. Then get back on the road and bask in the large open spaces of Patagonia!
The Chilean village of Cerro Castillo on the Argentine frontier in Patagonia.
Stéphanie Charbit Seasoned Traveller
52 written opinions

Cerro Castillo is the highest point in the natural park with the same name. The Carretera Austral passes through it, as well as the Sendero de Chile. For all hikers!

My suggestion:
Once you get to Villa Cerro Castillo you have two options: continue south on the Carretera Austral or go to Puerto General Ibáñez to cross Lake General Carerra and carry on in Argentina.
My review

I hitched a ride from Coyahique in the morning, intending to cross Lake General Carerra to go to Chile Chico. The ferry was at the end of the afternoon so I had all the afternoon in front of me and decided to stop at Villa Cerro Castillo to look at the mountain that is famous for its beauty, and for the peaks shaped like the castle for which it is named ("castillo" means "castle " in Spanish).

Villa Cerro Castillo is very very quiet. I had plenty of time to look at the jagged peaks of Cerro which really are impressive. The place is strikingly beautiful. I was just going to walk for a bit along the famous Sendero de Chile when I realised that I had absolutely no time! Too bad, I had to be content with looking at the mountain from a distance. While waiting I got hungry and i went and got an enormous sandwich in the only restaurant that was open in the village (no point being too picky about the menu either...).

View of Cerro Castillo mountain from Villa Cerro Castillo
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