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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  • If I had to recommend a route is undoubtedly serious. In it besides its small villages and charming people you have nature, rivers, lakes, glaciers, volcanoes, hot springs, waterfalls... A route to really enjoy her where you can walk, relax, fish, swim... There are no words you have to live it.
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  • Road that cuts the Chile from North to South, passing through beautiful landscapes, from the Andes to the pampa. In your environment, small towns and villages of friendly people and Nice. Several days are needed to make it fully. But for anyone who has less time, a tip is to take a flight to Balmaceda and Coyhaique follow her South. Certainly will enjoy the most beautiful stretches are along Lake General Carrera and next to the Baker River until you reach in Cochrane. Another very scenic road that needs to be visited is the one part of the Carretera Austral and follow toward Chile Chico. It is quite recommended that if you choose to do the Carretera de car that uses a good height from the ground and 4 x 4 drive. Large stretches of the road are gravel or earth, with many holes. Besides it is important to drive carefully because the road is full of curves and quite narrow. Another point, pay attention to the supply points that are not many along the road.
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  • Take the road is wonderful every place you surprised with incredible landscapes importantly go quiet ora enjoy it and stop where you arrange to do so
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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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