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.
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Essential reading before you go
Knowing what to pack will ensure you have stress-free and unforgettable trip.
Here are our suggestions for your Patagonia packing list.
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.
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.
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.
One of the largest glaciers of the Northern Patagonian Ice field in southern Chile, you can only access San Rafael from the water.
This gives rise to the opportunity for a mini cruise through Chilean fjords to witness spectacular scenery few other visitors get a chance to see.
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 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.
One of the most surreal landscapes in Chile, if not in all of Patagonia!
Don’t miss our travel guide to this natural wonderland.
The Carretera Austral passes through the tiny village of Villa Santa Lucia.
Devastated by a landslide in late 2017, this village needs your support as you pass by.