The Patagonia and the Austral Highway | 10 Days – 9 Nights
Days 1-3: Puerto Rio Tranquilo & the Explorers Glacier
After flying into Coyhaique, you’ll enter the Explorers Valley for a short hike ending with a breathtaking view of the Explorers Glacier and Mount San Valentín, the Patagonia’s highest peak at 4,058 meters. From here you can walk over the glacier and even enter its caves and crevices, walk between ice walls and see spiraling waterfalls.
The following day, your second destination is Puerto Rio Tranquilo, a port on Lake General Carerra, Chile’s largest lake shared with Argentina. On your way there, you’ll witness a scenic panorama unfold – absolutely impressive green grasslands, thick woodlands, the occasional waterfall, snow-capped mountains, and bustling rivers.
Days 4-5: Patagonia Park
The Patagonia Park is a new addition to Chile and a wildlife and nature conservation project granting the highest levels of federal protection to its collective 650,000 acres. Wildlife can travel freely between these once divided areas. The creation of these wildlife corridors is imperative to the return of healthy wildlife populations, including the highly endangered huemul deer. The creation of a national park is the only way to guarantee the permanent protection of this area.
Currently, the park offers five hikes and scenic drives. From full day (23 km / 14 miles) to 2 hour (7 km / 4.5 miles) trails, you can enjoy the confluence of the Baker and Chacabuco Rivers and beach, spectacular views of Lago Cochrane and Mt. San Lorenzo, winding alpine lakes, and observe local flora and fauna.
Inspired by iconic national park lodges from around the world, the Lodge exhibits detailed woodwork and original photography of local culture and nature provide a uniquely Patagonian experience. Drink regional wine at the living room bar and enjoy views of looming Mount Tamanguito to the south through expansive paned windows to view an endless spread of stars.
In character with the rest of the Lodge, each of the six en-suite rooms celebrates attention to detail and the beauty of the surrounding environment and can comfortably accommodate singles, couples, and small groups.
Treat yourself to a drink or meal at El Rincón Gaucho: Bar and Restaurant. Loft ceilings made of recycled wood beams frame a perfect view of the valley’s grassland and surroundings peaks. The meals are nothing short of amazing and are largely sourced from their on-site greenhouses and from the local livestock.
Take it to-go! Picnic lunches of assorted sandwiches, fruit, homemade cookies, and juices are available for guests who wish to explore the park during the day.
Days 6-7: Caleta Tortel and Isla de Los Muertos
Visit Caleta Tortel, a quaint and unique coastal village consisting mainly of stilt houses built along the coast for several kilometers, typical of architecture from the magical Island of Chiloé. There are no conventional streets – instead, there are wooden walkways build with local Guaitecas Cypress. The wooden walkways give the village its distinctive look and its unique culture. Enjoy local cuisine, sail along the coast or take an excursion to Jorge Montt Glacier.
The following day, take a tour infused with nature and history at la Isla de Los Muertos, a National Historical Monument for its history, tragedy and legends surrounding the small island.
– Private transportation to and from each location
– Guide (English-Spanish languages)
– Flight to Santiago, Chile
– Local Flight Santiago – Coyhaique
– Any additional nights
– Medical expenses
– Insurance of any kind
– Personal expenses
– Gratuities for guide & driver