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Lago General Carreras

Practical information on Lago General Carreras

  • Beach / Seaside Resort
  • River
  • Lake
  • Caves
  • Off the beaten track
5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
2hrs south by road from Coyhaique
When to go
From September to April
Minimum stay
2 to 3 days

Reviews of Lago General Carreras

Stéphanie Charbit Seasoned Traveller
52 written opinions

Ten times the size of Loch Ness, Lake General Carrera marks the border between Chile and Argentina. There is more of it on the Chilean side than the Argentine, and it also has a different name in Argentina where is it called Lake Buenos Aires.

My suggestion:
Take the time to go around the lake. You can cross it by ferry in two hours if you are in a hurry, but you will miss the pretty villages...Lovers of nature and wide open spaces will be delighted!
My review

I hitched from Coyhaique to the shores of the lake. My idea had been to take the ferry from Puerto General Ibáñez to get to Chile Chico, a village on the frontier with Argentina. The crossing is supposed to be nice, although it can be quite rough, according to the wind.

But I was out of luck, I missed the only ferry of the day...Too bad, rather than crossing the lake in two hours, I would go round it in 24 hours because, in any case, I absolutely had to cross over the frontier the day after tomorrow.

I made my first stop at Puerto Rio Tranquilo, to go and visit the marble chapels on the lake. The weather was good and the sun reflected in a magnificently blue-emerald green water was magnificent. Then I carried on my tour of the lake by bus and hitching, because the bus was going along the Carretera Austral whereas I was heading to the Argentine frontier. So where I stopped had more to do with the cars which were willing to give me a lift. I had a short stop at Puerto Guadal and finally arrived in Chile Chico at the beginning of the evening. Phew - made it! The next day, there was a strong wind and I was quite glad I had missed the ferry because a traveller I met at the hotel told me you needed a strong stomach to cope with the crossing the day before...So my tour of the lake and its little detours were well worth it!

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