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Carretera Austral, Chile

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Carretera Austral, Chile

Planning a trip along the Carretera Austral in Chile? Then this is the page you need!

Ranked as one of the world’s best road trips, the Carretera Austral weaves through over 1200 kilometres of pristine Patagonian scenery.

Much of the route remains unpaved, adding a touch of adrenaline to an already adventurous trip.

A winding narrow road lined with glorious blooming lupins, each curve revealing another dazzling sight.

Turquoise lakes disappear into the foothills of snow capped mountains. Glaciers spill out over granite peaks, frozen in their flow yet ever melting.

Crystal clear melt water cascades down hundreds of waterfalls, thunderous, tumbling and tinkling before continuing towards its Pacific destination.

And the skies! Enormous skies, filled with heavy clouds, often dark and ominous, more often than not blown clear by the infamous Patagonia winds.

What are you waiting for? This legendary road trip is just a few clicks away…


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the essentials

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In Patagonia

Essential reading before you go

This Patagonia packing list will help you pack exactly what you need so you can enjoy your adventure.The more you know, the less you need!

Knowing what to pack will ensure you have stress-free and unforgettable trip.

Here are our suggestions for your Patagonia packing list.

Patagonia Chile - where the jagged peaks of the Andes fall into deep fjords with melting glaciers. Here's the only travel guide you need.

Travelling in Patagonia is a unique experience and more than lives up to expectations. We loved every minute of our journey.

This Chilean Patagonia guide will help you prepare for your own unforgettable road trip in the Andes of Patagonia. 

The Carretera Austral road trip is one of the world's best. Here's how we did it with places to stop along the way and planning tips.

Do you want to know how to drive the Carretera Austral in Chile, Patagonia?

This guide gives you a day by day run down with places to stay, things to do and driving distance along the way. 


things to do & see

Things to do & see along the Carretera Austral

Exploring the Carretera Austral can overwhelm even the most intrepid traveller. One of the highlights of Patagonia, you’ll find yourself remarkably secluded on the Carretera Austral.

With fewer fellow travellers along the route than in Torres del Paine or the Fitz Roy Massif in south, there’s not many people to compare and share places to go with.

No worries! We’ve got you covered. And our list of articles is growing so watch this space.

Make Pumalin Park in Patagonia Chile your first stop on the Carretera Austral. Smouldering volcanoes, crytal clear rivers and epic hikes.

The northern gateway to Chilean Patagonia, Pumalin Park is an outdoor lovers playground.

Here’s our guide on things to do in and around Pumalin Park – the hiking capital of northern Patagonia, Chile.

4 day hikes in Pumalin Park, Patagonia Chile to get you limbered up before your driving adventure along the Carretera Austral.

If you’re planning a trip to Patagonia’s diverse Pumalin Park, you best enjoy hiking. Or at least want to give it a go.

Pumalin Park is a perfect place for beginners and avid hikers alike. Here are 4 excellent day hikes in Pumalin Park.

Chiloe island Chile Patagonia travel road trip itinerary

Chiloe Island is right at the northern reaches of the Carretera Austral.

Many visitors by-pass this wonderful archipelago – don’t be one of them.

Get ready to explore a unique side of Patagonia!

The Marble Caves in Chilean Patagonia is a stunning highlight along the Carretera Austral. Use this guide to visit from Puerto Rio Tranquilo.

The Marble Caves near Puerto Rio Tranquil are a highlight of rural Chilean Patagonia.

Coloured by the reflection of the turquoise General Carrera Lake, they’re a must see.

If you're arriving in Chiloe Island as part of your Patagonian adventure or simply for a short break, then you're in for a treat in this unique, mythical land unlike anywhere else in Chile. These are the essential things to know before you visit Chiloe.

Chiloe Island is a unique, mythical land unlike anywhere else in Chile.

Here are the essential things to know before you visit.