Carretera Austral North and South

7 days y 6 nights

The Carretera Austral is one of the most spectacular scenic routes in the world involving lakes and rivers, glaciers and fjords, mountains, volcanoes and hot springs. This tour combines history, virgin landscapes, a little rafting adventure, relax in the hot springs, glaciers and the spectaculars capillas de mármol (Marble Chapels).

Day 1 (Thursday): Balmaceda Airport – Coyhaique – Puyuhuapi – La Junta (266 km/ 166 miles)

Arrive at Balmaceda Airport on a morning flight, between 9:30 and 10:30am.
We will begin riding northward on Carretera austral.  During the trip we will see beautiful mountains and rivers, such as the Portezuelo Queulat, the Río Cisnes valley and several waterfalls.  We will enjoy our box lunch on board. After some stops to take pictures, we continue along the shore of Puyuhuapi fjord, to reach the town of the same name, a very important place in the history of German colonization of Patagonia Aysén. We will arrive at the town of La Junta to stay for the night.

Day 2 (Friday): Kayak at Palena River and El Sauce Thermal Hot Springs - (7:30 hours)

Today we will  Kayak along the Palena River.  On this amazing ride (about 16 km) we will be able to admire the beautiful natural scenery and the varied fauna of Patagonia. After paddling for about 2½ hours, we will reach the beach and leave the kaykas to get on the vehicle that will take us to  “El Sauce” hot springs  with 100% natural warm water.

Day 3 (Saturday): La Junta – Queulat National Park – Coyhaique

We will go southward on  Carretera Austral,  finding our first stop:  Queulat National Park.  We will explore the park through its woods until we reach the amazing  Queulat Hanging Glacier viewpoint  600-meters trek).  After enjoying our box lunch in the park, we will continue along the Carretera Austral for about 4 hours until we reach Coyhaique to stay for the night.

Day 4 (Sunday): Coyhaique – Balmaceda – Puerto Tranquilo - Marbel Chapels Boat Trip – Puerto Guadal.

Today we will travel southward in  Carretera Austral  crossing Cerro Castillo National Park.  We will arrive at Puerto Tranquilo and sail to  Capillas de Mármol Nature Sanctuary (Marble Chapels),  a place of amazing beauty where the waves of the lake have eroded and polished the limestone. We will then continue to Puerto Guadal to stay for the night.

Day 5 (Monday): Puerto Guadal – Patagonia National Park, Tamango area- Cochrane

In the morning we will go southward on the  Carretera Austral  to get to know the former  Tamango National Reserve sector of Patagonia Park.  Here we will sail on the Cochrane River for approximately 40 minutes until we reach the pier to disembark and take a well-marked and medium-demand trek trail. After we enjoy lunch in Cochrane we will stop at a perfect spot to observe and photograph the confluence of the Baker and Neff rivers. Our day will end in Puerto Guadal where we will stay for the night

Day 6 (Tuesday): Puerto Guadal – Valle Exploradores Lookout point - Coyhaique

Leaving Puerto Guadal and going northward along the Carretera Austral we will arrive at Exploradores Valley visitor center. We will start a medium difficulty trek, crossing an evergreen forest and later, a short but steep moraine to reach the Exploradores Glacier lookout point.
From this perfect spot we will be able to admire the vastness of the Northern Ice Field, Mount San Valentín and the Exploradores Glacier. After this incredible adventure, we will return to Coyhaique to stay for the night.

Day 7 (Wednesday): Coyhaique – Balmaceda Airport

Say goodbye and transfer to the airport.

Price includes

  • 2 nights in La Junta
  • 2 nights in Coyhaique
  • 2 nights in Puerto Guadal
  • Luggage 1 suitcase per person, see if you have additional luggage
  • Excursion in La Junta includes rafting down the Palena River, plus visit and use of the El Sauce Natural Hot Springs
  • Tickets and guided visit to the Queulat National Park
  • Travel insurance (excludes river descent)
  • Sailing to the Nature Sanctuary Capillas de Mármol (Marble Chapels)
  • Entrance ticket and navigation for possible sightseeing of Huemules
  • Entrance ticket and guided walk in Exploradores Valley Glacier Viewpoint
  • 4 box lunch (days 1, 2, 3 and 6)
  • 2 lunches (days 4 and 5)
  • In-destination transfers

Not Included

  • Domestic airline tickets
  • Extra charges and optional activities or meals not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Gratuities

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Santiago de Chile
 

Santiago de Chile is the capital and principal urban area in Chile. There you will find the most important administrative, cultural, commercial, financial and governmental organisms in the country, with the exception of the National Congress which is located in Valparaiso.

Santiago de Chile
 

Santiago de Chile is the capital and principal urban area in Chile. There you will find the most important administrative, cultural, commercial, financial and governmental organisms in the country, with the exception of the National Congress which is located in Valparaiso.

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