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Indomitable
Austral Route
Invitation to Travel:
Along this marvelous tour we will be able to explore the places more impressive and remote of the Austral Road. We will discover surprising valleys surrounded with hanging glaciers, we will navigate into the majestic waters of the lake General Carreras, we will go to the meeting of the “Huemules” at the National Reserve Tamango. Spectacular landscapes will delight our senses, where lights, shapes, sounds and smells will be the main actors of this great adventure.
Duration 10D / 9N
Type of Trip Fly & Drive
Lodging Hotel
Period Oct-Apr
Itinerary
1st DAY: BALMACEDA (IN) – PUERTO RIO TRANQUILO

Arrival at the airport of Balmaceda and pick-up the vehicle at the counter. Suggested itinerary: you follow the Sothern Highway to the village of Puerto Tranquilo. On the way we stop at Cerro Castillo to see some interesting cave paintings (National Monument Manos de Cerro Castillo). It is America’s oldest artistic manifestation, made by tehuelche tribes. This tradition continued until the XVII century. Puerto Tranquilo is on the shore of Lake General Carrera, the 2nd biggest lake in South America.

Overnight in Hosteria / Hotel.
Meals not included
2nd DAY: PUERTO RIO TRANQUILO

Car rental. Suggested itinerary:  in the morning you can do a boat excursion to “Capilla de Marmol” (marble chapel), natural caves carved by the lake. Afterwards you can discover the amazing Exploradores Valley, with numerous hanging glaciers and pass by Mt. Caballo, the Nutria waterfall and other impressive natural attractions. At Lake Bayo, enclosed by the Andes Mountain Range, you can hike cross the wood, ascent the moraine, and enjoy a superb view of Glacier Exploradores and Mt. San Valentin. Return to Puerto Tranquilo.

Overnight in Hosteria / Hotel.
Included meals: Breakfast
3rd DAY: PUERTO RIO TRANQUILO - COCHRANE

Car rental. Suggested itinerary: Today the Southern Highway will lead you to the village of Cochrane. On the way you can visit Tamango National Reserve, where you can watch huemules (yellowish-brown deers of South America), an endangered specie. Possibility to hike in the Reserve to observe these beautiful animals. Arrival at Cochrane.

Overnight in Hosteria / Hotel.
Included meals: Breakfast
4th DAY: COCHRANE – CALETA TORTEL

Car rental. Suggested itinerary: We continue to the village of Tortel. It is a unique place in Chile: located by the sea on the mouth of the River Baker, the village is cuddled between the ocean and the hills.  In the village we will not find any means of transportation on wheels: no cars, no carts, no bikes, no skates: only 7,5 kms of wooden walkways connecting the stilt houses.

 

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Overnight in Hotel / Hosteria
Included meals: Breakfast
5th DAY: CALETA TORTEL

Car rental. Suggested itinerary: We dedicate the day to continuing exploring the surroundings of Caleta tortel. Possibility of doing some horseback riding or a navigation to the glaciers.

Overnight in Hotel / Hosteria
Included meals: Breakfast
6th DAY: CALETA TORTEL – CHILE CHICO

Car rental. Suggested itinerary: we start our way back along the Austral road until the village of Chile Chico located in the south-east shores of the General Carrera Lake. On the way we can explore the National Park Jemimen.

Overnight in Hotel / Hosteria
Included meals: Breakfast
7º DIA: CHILE CHICO - PUERTO IBAÑEZ – COYHAIQUE

Car rental. Suggested itinerary: We take the Ferry from Chile Chico up to Puerto Ibañez across the General Carrera Lake (2 hours and a half approximately of navigation). Then we continue towards the city of Coyhaique. The name comes from the tehuelche (native language) expression: koi, “lagoon” and áiken “, campsite.

Overnight in Hotel / Hosteria
Included meals: Breakfast
8th DAY: COYHAIQUE – QUEULAT NATIONAL PARK - PUYUHUAPI

Car rental. Suggested itinerary: we continue north direction towards the surroundings of the village of Puyuhuapi. On the way you can visit the Queulat National Park where you can do a hike to the Ventisquero Colgante (hanging glacier, approximately 2 hours) and observe this ice giant. Arrival at Dorotea bay where you leave the vehicle at the pier to cross by boat up to PUYUHUAPI LODGE & SPA, surrounded with an exuberant vegetation.

Overnight in Hotel
Included meals: Breakfast
9th DAY: PUYUHUAPI

Free day to enjoy the activities at the lodge and the facilities of the SPA (relax massages, thalassoterapia, thermal waters, Jacuzzi…)

Overnight in Hotel
Included meals: Brealfast
10th DAY: PUYUHUAPI – BALMACEDA (OUT)

Car rental. Suggested itinerary: After breakfast, you cross to the pier to pick-up the vehicle and continuing to the airport of Balmaceda where you drop-off the vehicle.

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Included meals: Breakfast
The program Includes
- Accommodation in hotels / hostales / lodge.
- Meals mentioned in the program.
- Car rental during the whole program.
- Ferry boat from Chile Chico to Puerto Ibañez.

The program does not Include
- Flights and taxes.
- Driver/Guide, petrol for the car rental.
- Meals not mentioned in the program.
- Park, reserve, sites fees, boat excursions, etc.
- Travel insurance.
- Tips.
- Services NOT mentioned in the program.