If you drive four to five hours south from Coyhaique, you will reach General Carrera Lake, a 200-km long body of water with a surface area 978 km2. Part of the lake straddles the border with Argentina, and it is known as Lake Buenos Aires on the other side.
General Carrera Lake will be your faithful companion for over 100 kilometers as you travel the Carretera Austral, offering views of clear turquoise waters that roll gently with the wind which never stops blowing in this part of the world. After you reach Puerto Río Tranquilo, find time to visit Capilla de Mármol Natural Sanctuary, where the water has carved incredible formations into the marble that look like a chapel and a cathedral. As your boat takes you on this marvelous tour, you will be amazed by the sheer size, colors and textures of real marble tunnels that seem to float above the clear water of lake, which reflects the light that filters in from the opening. It is without a doubt a stunning, picture-perfect Patagonian moment.
General Carrera Lake flows into Lake Bertrand, where you will find the start of the famous Baker River. The area is ideal for fly fishing and rafting, or you can book exciting half-day fishing or rafting trips out of Puerto Bertrand, which offers a wide array of lodging options as well as great food.
|Carretera Austral||Ice Fields|
|San Rafael Lagoon||Palena – Queulat|
|Pumalín – Futaleufú||Cerro Castillo National Reserve|
|Villa O’Higgins – Tortel||General Carrera Lake and Baker River|