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Carretera Austral

More than 1,200 kilometers of natural beauty await you on this scenic Patagonian Route, unique in the world. The Austral Highway enchants all those who visit it by car or bicycle with pristine landscapes and an air that only those lucky enough to know this route can breathe.
Possessing an enormous diversity of landscapes, it is ideal to enjoy adventure sports. Go rafting on the Futaleufú River or get to know the corners of this place touched by a magic wand with one of the many trekking routes that exist in this Green Patagonia.
Combine your trip with a visit to the glaciers that enhance one of the last corners of the world and be amazed by Caleta Tortel, a town with characteristic cypress walkways.
On the Carretera Austral, get to know a piece of paradise.

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Carretera Austral

Prob. de precipitaciones: 2%Humedad: 35% Viento: a 10 km/h.
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Explore the charms Carretera Austral

  • Pumalín Park

    Almost untouched by man, these warm rainforest lands were declared a Nature Sanctuary. Walk along its paths designed for long journeys, go trekking and canyoning on its fjords and camp at the foot of isolated secret waterfalls.

    Visit the Michimauda Volcano on horseback and go deeper into its lush larch forests through the paths and wooden bridges scattered around this magical place. Keep your eyes peeled, because the park is home to a large number of birds, from herons and flamingos to mighty condors.

  • Puyuhuapi

    Enjoy a day at the Puyuhuapi hot springs and enjoy how your body feels young again. With this new energy, explore the exotic forests of the area on horseback, or by trekking or even sailing along its pristine rivers.

    With German influenced architecture, walk along its streets and see the wooden buildings which give the town a unique touch. Known for its handmade weaving work, don’t forget to get a souvenir made with local materials.

  • Queulat National Park

    A place where the trees seem to submerge between fjords and channels, where the so-called evergreen forest is born. That is Queulat National Park.
    Let yourself be enchanted by the perfection of the Hanging Glacier, glaciers, lakes and waterfalls that seduce and provide a space of contemplation to enjoy the calm of these landscapes. If adventure is your thing, do not miss the opportunity to enjoy water sports such as kayaking and rafting and then relax in the area’s warm hot springs!

  • Futaleufú

    Located in the middle of the Andes, Futaleufú, in Mapuche, means “big river”. A true paradise for extreme sports, this river is considered among the three best rivers for kayaking and rafting in the world. Are you up to the challenge?

    If you want more relaxed activities, you can walk or bike around the paths of the Futaleufu National Reserve, which protects two incredibly important species of the area: the Andean Cypress and the shy huemul, an endemic deer which is also Chile’s national animal.

  • Palena River

    Navigable from mountain to sea, it is the perfect place for sport fishing. Get on a cataraft or a jet boat and go see the huge Chinook salmon, each one of these living trophies can weigh more than 15 kilos.

    Walk along its long beaches and sail to the Las Hermanas islets. You’ll be amazed by the large number of sea lions and birds that nest in this place. Peale’s dolphins, which follow the boats, jumping around and showing off, will charm you. Also, take a good look at the virgin forests along its shores.

  • Espolon Lake and Loncolao

    A lakeside route with amazing landscapes, the mountains that surround the lakes are reflected in the water providing unforgettable sights. Pack your fishing rod because these waters are known for being a fly-fishing and wade-fishing paradise.

    Home to evergreen forests, their shores are great for walks, horseback riding tours and camping in the woods. If comfort is what you are after, you’ll be amazed by the kindness of its people and the delicious local food served directly in their homes.

  • Tortel-Villa Ohiggins

    Known as the city of walkways, Tortel invites you to walk the seven and a half kilometers of platforms, bridges, and stairs built in cypress wood that interconnect the different areas of this picturesque place, declared a Typical Zone for its architecture and lifestyle.
    Also visit Villa O’Higgins, the last town on the Carretera Austral and an attractive place to rest. Enjoy fly fishing, mountain climbing or simply be enchanted by the ranch life. After a few days of leisure, you will not want to return to the big urban centers.

Pumalín Park

Almost untouched by man, these warm rainforest lands were declared a Nature Sanctuary. Walk along its paths designed for long journeys, go trekking and canyoning on its fjords and camp at the foot of isolated secret waterfalls.

Visit the Michimauda Volcano on horseback and go deeper into its lush larch forests through the paths and wooden bridges scattered around this magical place. Keep your eyes peeled, because the park is home to a large number of birds, from herons and flamingos to mighty condors.

Adventure and sports
Puyuhuapi

Enjoy a day at the Puyuhuapi hot springs and enjoy how your body feels young again. With this new energy, explore the exotic forests of the area on horseback, or by trekking or even sailing along its pristine rivers.

With German influenced architecture, walk along its streets and see the wooden buildings which give the town a unique touch. Known for its handmade weaving work, don’t forget to get a souvenir made with local materials.

Hot springs and wellbeing
Queulat National Park

A place where the trees seem to submerge between fjords and channels, where the so-called evergreen forest is born. That is Queulat National Park.
Let yourself be enchanted by the perfection of the Hanging Glacier, glaciers, lakes and waterfalls that seduce and provide a space of contemplation to enjoy the calm of these landscapes. If adventure is your thing, do not miss the opportunity to enjoy water sports such as kayaking and rafting and then relax in the area’s warm hot springs!

Nature
Futaleufú

Located in the middle of the Andes, Futaleufú, in Mapuche, means “big river”. A true paradise for extreme sports, this river is considered among the three best rivers for kayaking and rafting in the world. Are you up to the challenge?

If you want more relaxed activities, you can walk or bike around the paths of the Futaleufu National Reserve, which protects two incredibly important species of the area: the Andean Cypress and the shy huemul, an endemic deer which is also Chile’s national animal.

Adventure and sports
Palena River

Navigable from mountain to sea, it is the perfect place for sport fishing. Get on a cataraft or a jet boat and go see the huge Chinook salmon, each one of these living trophies can weigh more than 15 kilos.

Walk along its long beaches and sail to the Las Hermanas islets. You’ll be amazed by the large number of sea lions and birds that nest in this place. Peale’s dolphins, which follow the boats, jumping around and showing off, will charm you. Also, take a good look at the virgin forests along its shores.

Adventure and sports
Espolon Lake and Loncolao

A lakeside route with amazing landscapes, the mountains that surround the lakes are reflected in the water providing unforgettable sights. Pack your fishing rod because these waters are known for being a fly-fishing and wade-fishing paradise.

Home to evergreen forests, their shores are great for walks, horseback riding tours and camping in the woods. If comfort is what you are after, you’ll be amazed by the kindness of its people and the delicious local food served directly in their homes.

Nature
Tortel-Villa Ohiggins

Known as the city of walkways, Tortel invites you to walk the seven and a half kilometers of platforms, bridges, and stairs built in cypress wood that interconnect the different areas of this picturesque place, declared a Typical Zone for its architecture and lifestyle.
Also visit Villa O’Higgins, the last town on the Carretera Austral and an attractive place to rest. Enjoy fly fishing, mountain climbing or simply be enchanted by the ranch life. After a few days of leisure, you will not want to return to the big urban centers.

Nature