Carretera Austral

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 Park (Route of Parks of Patagonia) 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 in the Patagonia National Park (Route of Parks of Patagonia), 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. In the morning, we will return by the Carretera Austral to the north, to the town of Puerto Tranquilo (59 km). After a stop to buy a snack if you wish, we will continue directly to the regional capital Coyhaique (218 km). Stops for photographs in the different viewpoints. Accommodation at Hotel El Reloj or similar.
Box lunch or lunch during the return.

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.

  • 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


  • If your flight departure is in the afternoon, ask for half-day tour options.
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.
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:
Cerro Castillo National Park
Patagonia National Park

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