Category: Chile

Punta Arenas – Patagonia Chile

Punta Arenas is the southernmost (continental) city in America located on the shores of the Magellan Strait. Despite its remoteness, it has the most developed urban centre in Chilean Patagonia. Venturing out of town, pretend your name is Ferdinand and kayak on the strait, travel to Isla Magdalena or Seno Otway and waddle like a penguin amongst thousands …

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Puyuhuapi – Carretera Austral

Puyuhuapi is a quiet and peaceful village located at the far end of a fjord (220km from Coyhaique), surrounded by hills and mountains covered with thick green vegetation. Don’t miss out on the Queulat National Park (entrance 24km south of Puyuhuapi) with rivers winding through its fairy tale lush wilderness. The most popular route is the 3,2km hike to the famous hanging glacier or “Ventisquero Colgante”.

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Villa Cerro Castillo – Carretera Austral

Villa Cerro Castillo is dominated by the impressive basalt spires and glaciers of its namesake, the Cerro Castillo National Reserve, a huge wild mountainous area with glaciers and spectacular views. Cerro Castillo has the ingredients to become “the new Torres del Paine”, but with far less crowds!

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Chile Chico – Carretera Austral area

Chile Chico is located at the southern banks of the Lago General Carrera only 6km from the Argentinean border.
Nature lovers and hikers should definitely visit the spectacular Jeinimeni National Reserve with steppe, rivers & lakes, colourful & spectacular rock formations, high peaks and vast valleys. The Piedra Clavada is a prominent 40m high vertical rock column and at La Cueva de Las Manos you can admire ancient rock paintings.

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Cochrane – Carretera Austral

Cochrane is the major village and hub of the south of the Carretera Austral. Try to spot the endangered huemul deer at the Tamango National Reserve. 18km north of Cochrane, Parque Patagonia (Valle Chacabuco) is the wildlife paradise of the Carretera Austral. It’s home to flamingos, foxes, armadillos, pumas, condors and herds of guanacos.

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Villa O’Higgins – Carretera Austral

When you arrive in Villa O’Higgins you’ve reached the end of the Carretera Austral, or if you’ve made the crossing from Argentina your journey on this mythical road is about to start! Villa O’Higgins is located at the stunning O’Higgins Lake, one of the biggest lakes in Patagonia, and has many great (day) hikes to e.g. the Cerro Santiago, Glaciar Mosco or Tigre and the Altavista trail.

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Caleta Tortel – Carretera Austral area

Caleta Tortel is a unique isolated village at the mouth of the Río Baker, built up with boardwalks, footbridges and staircases instead of roads. Leg power brings you around the village, or you can take a water taxi. The scenery is beautiful; it’s surrounded by milky glacier water and breathtaking hills and mountains.

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