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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  • The end of beautiful carretera Austral crossing, is the finishing touch to the great amount of kilometers and beautiful landscape. Its people, the order of his people, cleaning, recycling and the fantastic setting make villa O'Higgins somewhere who would always return.
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  • It was my third visit to the region, but continues to amaze me similarly not only by its beauty but also by inner strength and courage needed to live there and twisting the hand to the destination. When I spotted Caleta Tortel my eyes could not contain the emotion, indescribable.
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  • For my southern road was an extraordinary journey where ever it was time just to live this beautiful experience, met a lot of people from several countries where told us that Chile and especially the austral highway was your favorite destination to visit. On my arrival home in which didn't arrive because really I fell in love with patagonia from their places and landscapes and very loving people, I returned as another renewed person and see life through different eyes. Just say thank you therefore and to my beautiful country.
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