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Carretera Austral

Scenic Patagonia route that is one of a kind in the world. Over 1,000 kilometers of natural beauty await you at the southernmost tip of the world. The Carretera Austral (or Southern Highway) captures the hearts of intrepid drivers and cyclists with its pristine landscapes and possibly the freshest air in the world.

Home to a wide range of diverse landscapes, this is a perfect place to partake in adventure sports. Go white-water rafting down one of the world’s most well-known rivers for rafting, the Futaleufú; one of the world’s most renowned rafting routes. Explore the deepest reaches of this magical region by following one of the many excellent trekking itineraries which lead to its very heart.

Combine your river trip with a visit to the majestic glaciers which grace this remotest of regions. See the amazing Tortel Cove, with its cypress footbridges and remarkable landscapes.

And if peace and quiet is your goal, what better than a day’s fishing on the Baker River? An idyllic, extraordinary natural beauty spot. Come and discover the wonders of southern Chile, and sample a true slice of heaven.

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The Carretera Austral begins in Puerto Montt and ends in Villa O'Higgins, using rural ferries to cross stretches of water in some parts. The road is famously long and while there a few gas stations, they are few and far between. If you are travelling by car, be sure to fill up at every opportunity and revise air, water and oil levels frequently.



Discover the attractions of Carretera Austral

Queulat National Park

A place where trees seem to disappear among fjords and channels, birthplace of the so-called evergreen forest. This is Queulat National Park. On the lands that are now a protected area, ancient explorers went searching for the mythical "City of[...]

Coyhaique and Puerto Aysén

If adventure runs through your veins, this is the right place for you. This corner of Patagonia challenges you to climb its amazing peaks, like the Mackay or the Castillo. Trekking is a must and fly fishing gives you time[...]

General Carrera Lake

Picture yourself sailing through the very heart of Patagonia on turquoise waters rippled by the constant breezes. Come aboard and discover the splendor of Chile's largest lake! This body of water shared by two countries reaches the town of Chile Chico[...]

Baker River

Heaven for fly-fishing and kayaking lovers, you can’t miss out on the waters of the fastest-flowing river in Chile. Surrounded by an evergreen forest and vast wetlands, the Baker River is the ideal hideout for several indigenous species. Go rafting.[...]

Adventure and Sports

Pumalín Park

Almost untouched by man, these warm rainforest lands were declared a Nature Sanctuary. Walk along its paths designed for long journeys, go trekking and canyoning on its fjords and camp at the foot of isolated secret waterfalls. Visit the Michimauda[...]

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Nature

Puyuhuapi

Enjoy a day at the Puyuhuapi hot springs and enjoy how your body feels young again. With this new energy, explore the exotic forests of the area on horseback, or by trekking or even sailing along its pristine rivers. With[...]

Adventure and Sports
Hot Springs and Well-being

Futaleufú

Located in the middle of the Andes, Futaleufú, in Mapuche, means "big river". A true paradise for extreme sports, this river is considered among the three best rivers for kayaking and rafting in the world. Are you up to the[...]

Adventure and Sports
Nature

Espolon Lake and Loncolao

A lakeside route with amazing landscapes, the mountains that surround the lakes are reflected in the water providing unforgettable sights. Pack your fishing rod because these waters are known for being a fly-fishing and wade-fishing paradise. Home to evergreen forests,[...]

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Palena River

Navigable from mountain to sea, it is the perfect place for sport fishing. Get on a cataraft or a jet boat and go see the huge Chinook salmon, each one of these living trophies can weigh more than 15 kilos.[...]

Adventure and Sports
Nature

Tortel – Villa O’Higgins

Known as the city of bridges, Tortel invites visitors to take a stroll through 7.5 kilometers of platforms, bridges, and stairs built with cypress wood, which connect the various sites of this picturesque place declared a “Typical Area” due to[...]

Adventure and Sports
Nature

Torres del Paine

Have you ever felt completely insignificant in comparison to nature? Well, get ready to feel precisely that way among the turquoise waters, glaciers and towering granite horns of the Torres del Paine National Park. The jaw-dropping landscapes of this eighth[...]

Tierra del Fuego

Ferdinand Magellan discovered and gave this place the name Tierra del Fuego because of the bonfires the Selk'nam Indians used to light, and you can see these while sailing. Come visit one of the most extreme landscapes of Chile and[...]

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