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SOUTHERN
aUSTRAL
ROAD
4D/3N

MARBLE CHAPELS + EXPLORADORES GLACIER VIEWPOINT + TAMANGO EX NATIONAL RESERVE

Arrival at Balmaceda Airport on a flight landing between 9:30 and 10:30am. Reception and leave immediately for the Carretera Austral South, destination Puerto Rio Tranquilo – 182 km. (114 miles), 4 hours drive. This is a village on the west bank of General Carrera Lake, the biggest lake in Chile and second largest in South America at 978 square kilometers (382 square miles). It is shared with Argentina. Its waters are a turquoise colour and abound with salmon and trout.
Throughout the drive, enjoy beautiful forests of Lenga, Coigue and Ñire, passing the Cerro Castillo National Reserve and then follow the Ibañez River, semi covered by the volcanic ash which reminds the eruption of the Hudson Volcano in 1991. There will be several stops for photos.
Once at Puerto Rio Tranquilo, set menu lunch at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, at the time agreed, short drive to Bahia Mansa area to take the motor-boat towards Santuario de la Naturaleza Capillas de Mármol (Marble Chapels Sanctuary of Nature). This place of singular beauty has extremely attractive natural caves, where the waves and wind have sculpted and polished the limestone. After one hour navigation, continue for another 59km. (37 miles) south, to Puerto Guadal area. Accommodation in the ‘Terra Luna Lodge’ or similar.

Breakfast. At 9am leave southbound on the Carretera Austral to the Tamango National Reserve, about 125 km. (78 miles) away. Board a simple but safe motor-boat for about 40 minutes to go up the marvellous scenery of the Cochrane River. Upon arrival, disembark and begin a moderate walk along a well-indicated path. This is suitable for everyone in good health and physical shape. If you are lucky, you might see a Huemul (Hippocamelus bisulcus), a Chilean deer and a national symbol. Leaving the Reserve, continue to the town of Cochrane for a lunch menu in a local restaurant. Later, drive back to Puerto Guadal by the same route, much of it alongside the River Baker, which has the greatest volume of water in Chile. An unmissable stop will be made at the confluence of the Baker and Neff Rivers, an unequalled natural spectacle. Accommodation in the ‘Terra Luna Lodge’ or similar.

Breakfast. At 10am take the Carretera Austral northbound towards Puerto Tranquilo, 59 km. (37 miles) away. After a stop to buy snacks if desired, continue west for 50 km. (30 miles), with stops for photos in this beautiful valley where nature is in all its pristine, rugged, natural state. Once at the Exploradores Valley visitors’ center, head for a walk of easy to medium difficulty, through an evergreen wood and then up a short but steep slope to the top of the moraine to reach the Exploradores Glacier Viewpoint. From there, weather permitting, observe the immensity of the North Patagonian Ice Field, San Valentin’s Mount and the Exploradores Glacier. Box lunch.
After this unforgettable visit, continue to the regional capital Coyhaique, 218 km. (136 miles). Stops for photos at the various viewpoints. Accommodation at El Reloj, or similar hotel. Estimated time of arrival 08.30pm.

Note:

Probably there will be road cuts for paving works, from Monday to Friday on the road between Puerto Tranquilo and Cerro Castillo, so the times of departure and arrival are subject to change without previous notice.

Breakfast. At agreed time, transfer on regular service, (without guide), to the airport (55 km., 33 miles – 50 minutes). Pick-up time around 2h30 minutes before your flight departure time.

Remark

If your flight departure is in the afternoon, ask for half-day tour options.

  • Regular service in comfortable, modern vehicle.
  • The transfer-out will be on regular service, without guide.
    Spanish/English-speaking driver/guide for up to 5 passengers. Over this number thee will be a driver plus a guide.
  • Luggage: 1 suitcase or bag per person. If you have more baggage, consult about keeping it in our offices or at the hotel of the last night’s stay.
  • Accommodation based on double room with breakfast:
    02 nights in Terra Luna Lodge or a similar in Puerto Guadal area.
    01 night in ‘El Reloj’ or similar hotel in Coyhaique.
  • Motor boat trip to the Marble Chapels Sanctuary of Nature.
  • Entry ticket and boat trip in the Tamango National Reserve.
  • 02 set lunches (days 1 and 2).
  • 01 Box lunch (day 3).
  • Travel insurance.
  • Air ticket.
  • Tips.
  • Drinks/beverages with meals.
  • Extras in hotels.
  • Food not specified in the itinerary.
  • Guide service for the transfer-out.

Suggested clothing and other useful items:

Outdoor clothing in layers, including wind-cheater and waterproofs as the weather in Patagonia is always unpredictable.

Hiking boots or comfortable waterproof footwear.

Sun-hat or cap for sun or rain.

Sunglasses with UV filters

Sunblock, factor 30 at least.

Camera

Arrival flight time:
Landing between 9:30 and 10:30am. Subject to change according to flight schedules for the next season.
Minimum to operate:
2 adults.
children:
Up to 2 years old, free of charge sharing bed with their parents. From 3 to 11 years, 10% discount, sharing room with their parents and with additional bed (subject to availability).
Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate, but the climb of the moraine to the Exploradores Valley viewpoint is short but demanding, so it requires good physical condition.

DEPARTURE DATES FOR SEASON 2018-2019, (always ask beforehand for availability)

october 21

november 18

december 2 and 16

february 10 and 24

january 6 and 20

march 10

From $1188 USD

PER PAX BASE 2 PASSENGERS

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Coyhaique – Chile

+56 67 2214 770

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