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ChileNorthern Carretera Austral road trip

  • Off the beaten track
Explore the stunning Chilean scenery and an endless variety of outdoor activities at your own pace with our carefully prepared 7 day, self-drive road trip! Ideal for those who prefer the 'non-plan' plan mixed with wind in their hair and a shot of adventure, all you have to do is grab the keys to the rental upon arrival and enjoy the ride (Some of it may be bumpy as not all the roads are paved). Ou...

Explore the stunning Chilean scenery and an endless variety of outdoor activities at your own pace with our carefully prepared 7 day, self-drive road trip! Ideal for those who prefer the 'non-plan' plan mixed with wind in their hair and a shot of adventure, all you have to do is grab the keys to the rental upon arrival and enjoy the ride (Some of it may be bumpy as not all the roads are paved). Our local agency is happy to to guide you to the most treasured hidden gems in the region. This is however not a sit-down trip: Be prepared to hike, swim, kayak, off-road and horse-back ride to some of them!

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Trip highlights
  • Lake
    Lake
  • White water activities
    White water activities
  • Walking and trekking
    Walking and trekking
  • City
    City
  • Nature observation
    Nature observation

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Day 1: Welcome to Chile

Time to hit the road!

• On arrival at Balmaceda Airport, pick up your car at the rent-a-car counter

• Begin your journey north on the Carretera Austral, visiting various interesting sights! 

• Visit Coyhaique, the capital of the Aysen Region

• Arrive in the Puyuhuapi area and check-in to your hotel (3h30)

Optional activity:Horseback riding near Coyhaique

Visited:
Balmaceda, Puyuhuapi
Accommodation
Puyuhuapi Lodge (Puyuhuapi)

Day 2: Continue on the Carretera Austral

Time for some glacier exploring!

• Continue on the Carretera Austral North to La Junta

• Visit the Queulat National Park and explore the Queulat Hanging Glacier

• Explore the natural attractions of La Junta

Visited:
Puyuhuapi, La Junta
Accommodation
Espacio y Tiempo Hotel (La Junta)

Day 3: Day trip to Raul Marin Balmaceda

• Day trip to Raul Marin Balmaceda Village (6h round trip, ferry crossing required)

• Enjoy the stunning scenery and natural beauty of the region

Visited:
La Junta, Coyhaique
Accommodation
El Reloj Hotel (Coyhaique)

Day 4: Boat excursion and hiking trip

Marvel at the natural scenery...

• Head South on the Carretera Austral towards Puerto Guadal (5h)

• Take a "Navegacién Capillas de Marmol” boat excursion near Puerto Tranquilo and marvel at beautiful cave formations

• Hike up to Exploradores Valley Viewpoint for stunning panoramas of Lake Bayo, glaciers and waterfalls

Visited:
Coyhaique, General Carrera See
Accommodation
Night im Terra Luna Lodge (Puerto Guadal)

Day 5: Tamango National Reserve

Take a hike!

• Continue South to the town of Tortel (5h)

• Sample local cuisine in Cochrane• Visit Tamango National Reserve near Cochrane for great walking paths

• Overnight in Caleta Tortel

Visited:
General Carrera See,
Accommodation
Entre Hielos Lodge Tortel ()

Day 6: Activities on the Baker River

• Return to the Puerto Bertrand / Baker River area (5h)

• In Tortel, take a boat trip on the Baker River, and visit 'Isla de los Muertos' (Isle of the Dead)

• Head to Patagonia Park and lunch in the Restaurant del Valle Chacabuco Lodge

• Green Baker Lodge offers several options of activities — canopy ride over the Baker River, rafting, kayakinghiking and horse-riding

Visited:
, General Carrera See
Accommodation
Green Baker Lodge (Puerto Bertrand)

Day 7: Last day on the road

Where will it take you?

Travel north to Balmaceda Airport for departure (6h)

• Return the car and enjoy your trip, wherever you are heading to!

Visited:
General Carrera See, Balmaceda Airport

BalmacedaPuyuhuapiLa JuntaCoyhaiqueGeneral Carrera SeeBalmaceda Airport

Price details

This tour idea is fully customizable

The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Included in the price:

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • In-trip ground transportation
  • Activities according to your customized trip
  • Airport transfers
  • 24/7 local agency support
  • Trip creation with an expert local agent
  • Car rental

Not included in the price:

  • Arrival and departure flights
  • Meals and beverages not indicated
  • Personal expenses
  • Service gratuities
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • In-trip flights
Book your flights to Chile
International flights are not included in this trip. Thanks to our partnership with Option Way, you can take advantage of booking your flights directly with your local agent.
Check out the many benefits:
  • Competitive rates
  • All-inclusive prices with no hidden fees
  • Your local agent Leandro, in Chile, will inform you of any changes to your flights
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