SOUTHERN CARRETERA AUSTRAL
SOUTHERN CARRETERA AUSTRAL
9 Day tour from $2,422
PATAGONIA, CHILE
9 Days OCTOBER - APRIL

Explore the remote and wild Aysen region of Chile. Evergreen forests, emerald coloured lakes and rivers, blue glaciers, hidden valleys and the ever present Andean Mountain range. 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.

Tour Highlights
  • REMOTE WILDERNESS
  • BREATHTAKING SCENERY
  • MARBLE CAVES
  • GREAT O’HIGGINS GLACIER
  • 8 NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION
  • 9 DAYS CAR AS BELOW
  • SELF DRIVE KIT AND MAP
Tour Information
  • Where
    :

    PATAGONIA, CHILE

  • When
    :

    JANUARY, FEBRUARY, MARCH, APRIL, OCTOBER, NOVEMBER, DECEMBER

  • What
    :

    NATURE AND WILDLIFE

MARBLE CAVES

A peninsula of solid marble, slowly eroded by waves for 6,000 years is now a labyrinth of marble caves.
Their walls sparkle with reflections of the blue, changing with the light water level.

CALETA TORTEL

This small village at the mouth of Chile’s largest river features
wooden walkways instead of streets. It’s known for the wooden houses that sit on stilts above the water, that is also typical of Chiloé.

Itinerary

Pick up car upon arrival in Balmaceda.
Driving south the pampa gives way to green forests and incredible peaks. Stop to admire the views at Cerro Castillo, with its unique shape and beauty of making it one of the most iconic and eye-catching mountains in the area. After time to enjoy the scene, continue to Rio Tranquillo.

Take a morning boat trip through the marble caves,
an incredible formation built by water and wind.
Then drive the short distance to your lodge in Puerto Guadal, on the southern shore of Lake General Carrera. You should have time for a walk or general look around this afternoon.

Continue along the unexploited Carretera Austral.
Arrive at Caleta Tortel, a town completely built on stilts, where raised pathways act as roads.

Time today to explore this unique village or maybe visit some of the local glaciers, or even cruise to the Isla de los Muertos, with breathtaking scenery. It was only in 1950 the island’s grim contents were found.
No statues, no graveyards, or even names, only thirty-three wooden crosses indicating that lie under the soil. It is thought to be the burial site of early land clearers killed during the tortuous work, but we’re sure the locals have other stories

Reach the end of the road at Villa O’Higgins isolated between mountains and fjords. Take a lovely 45 min ferry from Puerto Yungay and Rio Bravo.

Day at leisure. We highly recommend taking the trip to the great O’Higgins Glacier.

Drive north to the hidden jewel of the Chacabuco Valley: Park Patagonia is a conservation project preserving and protecting the area. Staying here you will see guanacos everywhere, and if lucky you may even glimpse a puma.

Continue North to Puerto Bertand, at the mouth of the Baker river.

Drive back to Balmaceda. Drop car at airport.

Pricing and Inclusions
Prices
    FROMTWIN
    X TRAIL$2,422
    HILUX$2,822

    Prices are per person twin share. Prices are subject to change.

    INCLUSIONS

    • Arrival and departure transfers where mentioned.
    • All land transportation, and cruises/ferries where mentioned.
    • Good quality, well located hotels with private bathrooms.
    • Breakfast daily. Other meals as listed.
    • English speaking guided touring.
    • Prepayable entrance fees. Some National Parks are pay as you go. We’ll let you know if this applies to you.
    • 24 hour assistance by our trusted partners in each country.
    • Prices are valid to December 2018. Prices shown are ‘from’ prices and are subject to availability and seasonal price increases.
    • See full terms and conditions.

    Flights are NOT included, as we may be able to include some with your International ticket to save you money.

    We’ll explain this and give you the best options when we chat.

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