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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(Coyhaique is the nearest city to Carretera Austral)

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  • July 23, 2017
    The best trip that anyone can perform many times in his life by any means, backpackers, trekking, BIKE, car, barge
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  • July 15, 2017
    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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  • July 8, 2017
    Two years ago we started our journey together with my spouse Jorge Herrera Rodriguez from Santiago to Puerto Montt. There we lease a van and we went to visit the most beautiful road of our country reached tortel, not managed to get to villa O'Higgins by time, but already we will return and will arrive at the end... Was the best experience in the world, preferred a wonderful mystical journey!
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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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