PROGRAMMED DISTANCE: 500 km. / 310 miles aprox. 05 DAYS / 04 NIGHTS
Explore the northern part of the Austral Road which begins in Puerto Montt and ends in Coyhaique. Completely made of gravel, this road submerges visitors in a world of incomparable and awe-inspiring beauty. This long road, passes by the most attractive places in Chilean Patagonia, giving the perfect opportunity to discover mountains, National Parks, fjords, hot springs, rivers and lakes - ideal for sports ﬁshing. Also visit cities and villages ﬁlled with history and traditions.
DAY 01: CHAITEN Departure from Chaiten which has many nearby attractive sites, El Amarillo hot Springs (30Kms), Caleta Gonzalo (56Kms, this is where the ferry from Puerto Montt arrives) and Parque Pumalín, Santa Barbara beach (12Kms). Accommodation at hotel.
DAY 02: CHAITEN – LA JUNTA On the route going south you could visit Puerto Cardenas and Lago Yelcho (46Kms) , Villa Santa Lucia and La Junta (154 Km. paved road) where you can load fuel or have lunch. Then take the X-12 Route towards Puerto Raul Marin Balmaceda, following the Palena river. Accommodation at hotel.
DAY 03: LA JUNTA – PUYUHAPI Depart to Puyuhuapi (50Kms). See the Lago Rosselot and the Lago Risopatron on the way south, then you will see Puyuhuapi Fjord. Accommodation at hotel.
DAY 04: PUYUHUAPI At Puyuhuapi Lodge & SPA, diﬀerent activities are available such as kayaking and self guided trekking paths. Also the hotel has hot springs that are recommended after a day full of activities to relax.
DAY 05: PUYUHUAPI – COYHAIQUE - BALMACEDA Depart to Balmaceda Airport (277Kms), on the way south you could visit The National Park Queulat with its beautiful trails and its magniﬁcent Ventisquero Colgante (Hanging Glacier). Then you will ﬁnd Rio Cisnes and the impressive Piedra el Gato. Continuing south on the Carretera Austral is the small town of Villa Amengual, then you will pass Las Torres lake - a unique place do ﬂy ﬁshing. Finally you will pass Mañihuales and then Coyhaique to go to the airport to return the car.
NOTES: • Program Season: All year round. • Car rental and hotel accommodation included • Minimum 1 passenger. • Drivers licence is required for car rental, as well as being over 25 years old. • Entrance fees to places of tourist interests not included. • Approximate cost for fuel in Chile per litre is as follows: gas USD1.8 litre. Diesel USD 1.6 litre. • Car rental includes unlimited mileage and collision damage waiver. (tariffs for fuel subject to change).
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