Raft the fast-flowing Futaleufú River, named one of the three best destinations in the world for this sport. Snap pictures of the impressive hanging glacier at Queulat National Park. Trek to Cerro Castillo (2,320 m), an oddly-shaped hill that resembles a castle of rock and ice. Sail Lake General Carrera, where the water has etched cavities and caves out of the marble that surrounds it. Go fly-fishing on the Baker River, the fastest flowing in Chile. Or simply drive to the end of the highway and enjoy the landscapes of Villa O'Higgins.
It doesn't matter how many times you visit – the Southern Highway always has new surprises in store.
The Southern Highway offers access to the most important landmarks in Northern Patagonia, including Pumalín Park, Puyuhuapi, Queulat National Park, Coyhaique, Futaleufú and Palena. This route is definitely worth a visit, be it by car or on bike.
Pumalín Park: This private reserve features marked trails and a number of lodging options. To get to the northern sector, you'll have to travel by kayak or other watercraft and navigate the fjords. Agencies organize land tours and excursions through the southern section of the park.
Puyuhuapi: This beautiful cove on the Aysén Fjord is a point of departure for visits to Queulat National Park and offers views of the hanging glacier. Visitors also will find lodging, luxury hot springs, fishing, trekking and horseback rides here.
Queulat National Park: A favorite destination for nature photographers and tourists thanks to its accessibility and scenic beauty.
Futaleufú: This river is world-famous for its excellent rafting conditions, especially the Class 5 rapids in Cañon del Infierno. It's also home to Valle de los Reyes, which is perfect for fly-fishing. Accessible from Argentina via the Futaleufú Border Pass.
Lake Espolón and Lake Loncolao: Enjoy spectacular views of the mountain and their reflections in the water. Visitors can choose from lodging and agro-tourism options.
San Rafael Lagoon: Thousands of tourists visit this World Biosphere Reserve and the imposing San Rafael Glacier each year.
Cerro Castillo: The unique shape and beauty of this hill make it one of the most iconic and eye-catching mountains in the area. It also is home to some of the best local hiking trails.
Lake General Carrera: Chile's largest lake wows visitors with its turquoise waters and pristine natural surroundings. Highlights include the Capilla de Marmól Nature Sanctuary and local fishing lodges.
Baker River: Chile's largest river is known to be one of the best fly-fishing destinations around. Visitors can choose from several local fishing lodges.
Caleta Tortel: This small coastal village located at the mouth of Chile's largest river features wooden walkways (made of cypress from Guaitecas) instead of streets. It's also known for the wooden houses that sit on stilts above the water, an architectural style known as "palafitos" that is also typical of Chiloé.
Villa O'Higgins: This is the point of entry to the Southern Ice Fields and marks the end of the Southern Highway.
|San Rafael Lagoon
||Palena - Queulat|
|Pumalín - Futaleufú||Cerro Castillo National Reserve|
|Villa O'Higgins -Tortel||General Carrera Lake and Baker River|