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Carretera Austral, Chile

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Drive through scenic rural Patagonia on Carretera Austral. The highway, commenced during Pinochet’s rule and completed in the early 2000's, takes you on a 1,240 km (770.5 mi) journey through a staggering variety of landscapes. Pass lush green forests, national parks, and volcanoes while the road curves, becomes steeper, or narrows between rocky mountain passes. Visit quaint cities and villages along the way, and take detours to go kayaking or see the glaciers. A road trip on the Southern Highway offers a chance to see lakes, deserts, snow-capped peaks, swamps, and grasslands, all in a couple of days. Our Coyhaique tourist route planner makes visiting Carretera Austral and other Coyhaique attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • We had something incredible to see and do every day. We hired a 4x4 (which you absolutely need) from Europcar in Coyhaique (we did book this through Kayak two months ahead of time). There's too much t...  more »
  • beautiful landscapes, too friendly people and many things to know: between towns, hot springs, glaciers and thousands of attractions that has. Not ideally go low cars and backpacker patience, already that the distances are long from a village to another
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  • Traveled the entire Carretera several years ago in February by taking traghettini departing from Puerto Montt to Villa O'Higgins-Hornopiren up with cars in rent. All dirt road! Many young people, travellers and some how even now cycling arrived from different countries: australia, South Korea, Germany ... fascinating and how hard (route and weather ...) Now much better equipped: bed and breakfast, restaurants, streets paved in part that take a bit of charm but make everything more convenient. Returned to live the experience of Caleta Tortel was then accessible only by boat. Now a road reached the parking lot at the edge of pueblo and you can stay living the atmosphere of ... end of the world. A magical place to visit.
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  • I'll be back
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  • I love southern road
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