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. Arrange to visit Carretera Austral and other attractions in Coyhaique using our Coyhaique tour planner.
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  • Economy class flight, LATAM entered conscious with my 1, 85 m occupying a crowded space between SEATS and requested. politely, change the Chair marked on the voucher, the emergency door, because I have more than 65anos, even being an athlete and having no chronic illness or need for medication. Standards set, nothing against, flights without concessions and without mishaps. Nothing to complain! Beautiful Carretera Austral, which rodoviei from start to finish, round trip, Puerto Montt-O'Higgins Village!
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  • The best trip that anyone can perform many times in his life by any means, backpackers, trekking, BIKE, car, barge
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  • Go on holiday to enjoy nature with two teenagers is a challenge. However, the experience was wonderful. All enjoyed the places visited, the children made rafting in futalelfu. Everything was very well organized and planned. Excellent hotels and the conductor Daniel Neira guide very helpful and knew the places to perfection! We will return this September to see Caleta Tortel and Villa o'higgings. Time to fly!
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Where to stay in Coyhaique

Most options remain close to the river on the western side of town, where you can find a range of hotels and guesthouses. For a slightly more refined experience, look for resort-style accommodations with pools and onsite restaurants. Alternatively, consider staying at one of a handful of campgrounds in and around town.
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