Full carretera Austral

Tour the famous Carretera Austral and its Best Attracctions!

Chile Chico

Caleta Tortel

Marbel Chapels

Puerto Bertrand

Coyhaique

La Junta

Balmaceda

Full Carretera Austral is a travel itinerary that crosses one of the most famous scenic routes in the world, the Route7 in Chile, known as Carretera Austral (Southern Road). This wonderful scenic route is an attraction that draws attention because of the beauty of its beautiful mountain landscapes with its peaks of eternal snow, its rivers and lakes of turquoise waters and its lush forests. Full Carretera Austral invites you to discover all the natural charms of this amazing region of Chile, as youll as to practice a great variety of outdoor activities. Do you dare to discover it?

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Itinerary Highlights

  • Tour the famous Carretera Austral and its amazing landscapes
  • Navigate the General Carrera Lake
  • Visit the beatifull village of Caleta Tortel
  • Sail to the wonderful Shrine of Nature Marble Chapels
  • Visit the Queulat National Park
  • Enjoy wonderful views of Pumalin Park and Futaleufú
  • Visit Coyhaique

What's Included

  • Group tours in each destination
  • Group transportation
  • Accommodation throughout
  • Expert local guides
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AT A GLANCE

Carretera Austral Itinerary

DAY 1

Monday/ Balmaceda Airport – Chile Chico

Transfer

Group transfer from Balmaceda Airport to Puerto Ibañez

Navigation

Navigation from Puerto Ibañez to Chile Chico

Accommodation in Chile Chico
Casa Jeinimeni

The Posada del Río, Casa Jeinimeni is located in Chile Chico, in an area of ​​4 hectares, a sector of great tranquility and silence, ideal place to rest and enjoy the typical landscape of the Southern Patagonia of Chile.

Day 1: Balmaceda Airport – Chile Chico
Full Carretera Austral

The first day on our Full Carretera Austral itinerary, you will travel from Balmaceda airport to the small border town of Chile Chico. A part of the route is done by land and the last part you will sail through General Carrera Lake. During the first part of the journey you will travel through a landscape dominated by forests of lenga, coigüe and ñire, vegetation that covers the entrance point to the Cerro Castillo National Reserve, highlighting the hill of the same name (2675 m of height) and the valley of the Ibáñez river. At the afternoon you will arrive at Puerto Ingeniero Ibáñez, to make a ferry trip on General Carrera Lake to reach Chile Chico.

DAY 2

Tuesday / Chile Chico – Pto Bertrand

Transfer

Group transfer from Chile Chico to Puerto Bertrand

Accommodation in Puerto Bertrand
Green Baker Lodge

Located in Puerto Bertrand, on the shore of the Baker River, Green Baker Lodge is an ideal place to enjoy the beautiful landscapes of the amazing Carretera Austral.

Green Baker Lodge also offers a great variety of activities like fishing, rafting, visit to Patagonia national Park among other tours.

Day 2: Chile Chico – Pto Bertrand
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Today after breakfast you will start the trip along the entire south bank of General Carrera Lake. During the journey, you will enter the impressive Paso de las Llaves and be able to appreciate the magnitude of the Northern Ice Field, where the summit of Mount San Valentín stands out, the highest in all of Patagonia. Then, continuing your way, you will stop at the confluence of the Baker and Neff Rivers, and later reach the town of Puerto Bertrand.

DAYS 3 - 4

Pto Bertrand – Caleta Tortel

Transfer

Grouo transfer from Puerto Bertrand to Caleta Tortel

Day 3: Pto Bertrand – Caleta Tortel
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Third day of our Full Carretera Austral itinerary, after breakfast you will start the trip to Caleta Tortel, an amazing and beautiful town.
Caleta Tortel is a small town located near the mouth of the Baker River, on the rocky coast, about 1130 kilometers south of Puerto Montt, 126 kilometers from Cochrane and 152 kilometers from Villa O’Higgins. Although the Carretera Austral directly connects Cochrane with Villa O’Higgins, halfway there is a gravel route of about 23 kilometers leading to Caleta Tortel. This route was built in 2004 and, until then, the only way to get there was by boat. Enclosed between the forest and the sea, the town was built entirely of wood from Cipres de las Guaitecas, an characteristic tree in the area, the town has no streets, so there are no cars. The beautiful and colorful houses are connected by extensive wooden walkways where you will enjoy walking.

Day 4: Caleta Tortel
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After breakfast we will spend the day walking through the beautiful town. Those who wish can take the navigation on the Baker River to Isla Los Muertos, a mysterious island that keeps terrible secrets about the first settlements of the area.

DAY 5

Friday / Caleta Tortel- Pto Guadal

Transfer

Group transfer from Caleta Tortel to Puerto Guadal

Accommodation in Puerto Guadal
Terra Luna Lodge

Located on the shore of the General Carrera Lake, the Terra Luna Lodge has capacity for 68 people, offering different types of accommodation in wooden buildings. A wolderful place to relax and enjoy the great panoramic views. 

Day 5: Caleta Tortel- Pto Guadal
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Today you will start the way to Pto Guadal. Along the way, you will stop in the Los Ñadis sector, to visit a characteristic chapel built by the famous Father Antonio Ronchi. Then, you will continue the trip to Puerto Guadal on the banks of the turquoise waters of General Carrera Lake. This lake is shared with Argentina (Buenos Aires Lake in Argentina side) and is the largest lake in Chile and the second in South America, with an area of 978.12 km².

DAY 6

Saturday / Pto Guadal- Coyhaique

Transfer

Group transfer from Puerto Guadal to Coyhaique

Accommodation in Coyhaique
Diego de Almagro Coyhaique

Surrounded by green areas and beautiful panoramic views, the Diego de Almagro Coyhaique Hotel has a privileged location. It offers excellent services for travelers visiting the Aysén region for tourism or business…

Day 6: Pto Guadal- Coyhaique
Full Carretera Austral

The sixth day in our Full Carretera Austral itinerary you will start the trip back to Coyhaique, bordering General Carrera Lake with its blue waters until we reach the town of Puerto Río Tranquilo. Here you will take a navigation until we find the wonderful Shrine of Nature Marble Chapels, place of great scenic beauty, where the constant swell of the lake has eroded and polished the limestone, leaving beautiful caverns of capricious forms and great attractiveness. Afterwards, we will continue our return along the Carretera Austral towards the city of Coyhaique

DAY 7

Sunday / Coyhaique- La Junta

Transfer

Group transfer from Coyhaique to La Junta

Accommodation in La Junta
Espacio y Tiempo Hotel

Espacio y Tiempo Hotel welcomes its guests in a cozy atmosphere amidst the green gardens and facing the mountains of the Lake Rosselot National Reserve with everything you need to enjoy a real rest.

Day 7: Coyhaique- La Junta
Full Carretera Austral

Today you will go on a full day excursion to La Junta by the Carretera Austral. During the tour you will visit the Queulat National Park and know its attractive Hanging Snowdrift. In the middle of the afternoon, we will arrive at the Puyuhuapi Fjord, an arm of the Pacific Ocean that enters the Patagonian Andes, you will continue our trip to the town of Puerto Puyuhuapi, a beautiful and small port village, with colorful wooden houses and colorful gardens, testimonies of the history of German colonization. At dusk we will arrive at the town of La Junta, whose name comes from the confluence of the Palena and Rosselot rivers.

DAY 8

Monday / La Junta - Chaitén

Transfer

Gruop transfern from La Junta to Chaitén

Day 8: La Junta - Chaitén
Full Carretera Austral

Today you will continue the journey along the Carretera Austral, we will pass through the imposing hanging bridges of the Rosselot and Palena rivers. Then, you will find Lake Yelcho, which is a beautiful lake of glacial origin, with emerald green waters. Later, when you approach the Corcovado Gulf, you will arrive at the city of Chaitén and its destroyed streets, after the eruption of the volcano of the same name, which continues in soft activity until today.

DAY 9

Tuesday / Chaitén - Futaleufú

Transfer

Group transfer from Chaitén to Futaleufú

Day 9: Chaitén - Futaleufú
Carretera Austral

The ninth day of the Full Carretera Austral itinerary you will begin the road northbound, until we reach the entrance of Pumalín Park (289,562 hectares), declared a Nature Sanctuary. 66% of its surface corresponds to native forest, such as Larch (the oldest living specimen exceeds 3,600 years, being the second longest tree species in the world). Then, you will travel to the east, winding the Futaleufú River, internationally famous for its very high level of demand in Kayak and Rafting competitions. In the afternoon you will be arriving at the town of Futaleufú.

DAY 10

Wednesday /Futaleufú - Puyuhuapi

Transfer

Group transfer from Futaleufú to Puyuhuapi

Accommodation in Puyuhuapi
Casa Ludwig Puyuhuapi

Located in Puyuhuapi, in front of the sea, Casa Ludwig is a small hotel that offers basic B&B-type accommodation. TIts owner, Luisa, offers a friendly, helpful and kind attention always ready to spend time talking with her guests.

Day 10: Futaleufú - Puyuhuapi
Full Carretera Austral

Today you will have the morning free to take the following optional excursion:

RAFTING EXCURSION IN FUTALEUFÚ RIVER: (NOT INCLUDED – Subject to weather conditions): Bridge to Bridge Section – Class III, IV, & IV + (8 km): This section is one of the most popular and fun of the Futaleufú River, its great Water volume makes your rapids an unforgettable adventure. For this section of the river it is not necessary to have previous experience. This section is called “Bridge to Bridge” because its rapids are between 2 bridges (Zapata and Futaleufú Bridge). It includes class III, IV and IV + rapids, such as «Suspension Bridge», «Magic Carpet», of pillows, and «Mundaca», and many more. Duration approximately 4 hours.

DAY 11

Thursday / Puyuhuapi - Coyhaique

Transfer

Group transfer from Puyuhuapi to Coyhaique

Accommodation in Coyhaique
Diego de Almagro Coyhaique

Surrounded by green areas and beautiful panoramic views, the Diego de Almagro Coyhaique Hotel has a privileged location. It offers excellent services for travelers visiting the Aysén region for tourism or business…

Day 11: Puyuhuapi - Coyhaique
Full Carretera Austral

Breakfast. Today we will return to Coyhaique. During the trip we will stop at the Puyuhuapi Hot Springs, located on the banks of the name fjord, for those who want to enjoy its spectacular hot springs (NOT INCLUDED).

DAY 12

Friday / Coyhaique – Balmaceda Airport

Day 12: Coyhaique – Balmaceda Airport

Breakfast. Regular transfer to Balmaceda Airport.

Transfer

Group transfer from Coyhaique to Balmaceda Airport

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