15 day tour Surprising Chile
From € 3030,-
- Travel through the less-visited part of Chile
- Untouched nature
- Self-drive over the Carretera Austral
This 15-day trip takes you to the less-developed lake area south of Puerto Montt in the Aysen region, an Andean area with fjords, lakes, forests, rivers and glaciers. The Carretera Austral, the route that crosses this region, is very suitable for exploring by rental car. Until Coyhaique, most of the roads are asphalted. After this point you can expect to drive on unpaved roads. During this tour, you will definitely fall in love with the surrounding natural beauty of Chile.
15 day tour of Chile:
Route: Santiago de Chile – Puerto Varas – Hornopiren – Caleta Gonzalo – Puyuhuapí – Coyhaique – Chile Chico – Puerto Gadal – Cochrane – Puerto Rio Tranquilo – Santiago de Chile
Day 1 – Arrival in Santiago de Chile
Your journey begins in Santiago de Chile. At the airport, you will meet your local travel expert who will bring you to your hotel. Santiago is situated at an altitude of 500 metres and is surrounded by high mountains. Today you can discover the city on your own. You will spend the night in a comfortable hotel close to the city center.
Day 2 – Santiago de Chile: city tour and visit to an ecological wine house
Today you will discover Santiago through a guided walking tour. You will climb the Santa Lucia hill for a scenic view of the surrounding mountains, and visit some special churches, the Moneda presidential palace and the main square. Around lunch time you can stop by the central market to try some delicious seafood and enjoy a pisco sour. In the afternoon you will visit an organic winery in the Maipo Valley with the opportunity to taste some organic wines. In the evening you can visit the cozy Bellavista district with its many restaurants, bars and live music on weekend nights.
Day 3 – Santiago de Chile to Puerto Varas
You will take a flight to Puerto Montt where you can pick up your rental car, suitable for dirt roads. Then you will drive to Puerto Varas where you will stay overnight. Puerto Varas is located on the Llanquihue Lake shore overlooking the volcanoes Osorno and Calbuco. The city was once founded by German immigrants and you can still see the building style of the houses from that time. In the afternoon you will have time to explore the surrounding area of Puerto Varas. You can visit the Osorno volcano where a cable car brings you to a lookout point right below the top of the volcano. Or you can drive along the shore of Lake Llanquihue to the Peres Rosales National Park and the Petrohue Falls. Make sure you do some grocery shopping for the first part of your drive through the Carretera Austral. Puerto Varas has many restaurants where you can enjoy delicious fish and other seafood.
Day 4 – Puerto Varas to Hornopirén
Today you will drive back to Puerto Montt and then head down to Caleta La Arena. At Caleta La Arena you take a short ferry crossing to Caleta Puelche. You will cross the Reloncavi Fjord entrance and enjoy some beautiful views. From here it is a short drive to Hornopirén, a fishing village on the shores of the Ancud Golf. This is where the Carretera Austral really begins. Today’s drive: 140 km / 4 hours.
Day 5 – Hornopirén to Caleta Gonzalo
Today there are 2 ferry crossings. The first crossing will take you through a fjord called Comau. The second crossing will take you to Caleta Gonzalo. As you enter the Park Pumalin you will see the special combination of fern and bamboo vegetation. Around the south of Chile, the regular rain makes the landscape lush and green. Park Pumalin, as well as the Patagonia Park at Cochrane, was founded by Douglas and Kris Tompkins. They bought land in Chile and made nature parks. It is one of the largest conservation projects in South America, stretching 290,000 acres from the Andes to the Pacific Ocean. The park has a very diverse landscape with mountains, forests, lakes, rivers, volcanoes, waterfalls, fjords and open fields. A perfect place to go for a walk. Today’s drive: 88 km / 5 hours.
Day 6 – Caleta Gonzalo free day
You can go on various walks to explore Park Pumalin today.
Day 7 – Caleta Gonzalo to Puyuhuapí
Today you will drive through an area with lakes and rivers. You will pass the village of Chaiten, which forms the entrance to the Chilean side of Patagonia and to the Aysen region. In the spring, many of the area’s unique flowers begin to bloom, such as the typical Patagonian lupine, brem and firebush. En route, you will also pass by hot baths where you can bathe and rest as you take in your first impressions. Today’s drive: 244 km / 4 hours.
Day 8 – Puyuhuapí to Coyhaique
Today you’re heading to the capital of this region, Coyhaique. You will soon see the Quelat National Park ice field from a distance. The city of Coyhaique lies in the heart of Aysen. It is a good place for refueling and grocery shopping for the next leg of your route. To the south of Coyhaique, many roads are not asphalted, you will encounter fewer people and the landscape becomes more rugged and unspoilt. Today’s drive: 233 km / 4.5 hours.
Day 9 – Coyhaique to Chile Chico
In Puerto Ingeniero Ibañez you will board the ferry which will take you in 2 and a half hours to Chile Chico. Chile Chico is located on General Carrera Lake. Today’s drive: 154 km / 5 hours.
Day 10 – Chile Chico to Puerto Gadal
Today is characterized by vast and stunning views of General Carrera Lake with mountains, the Campo de Hielo Norte ice fields and the endless glaciers in the background. This is perhaps the most beautiful piece of the Carretera Austral. Today’s drive: 106 km / 2.25 hours.
Day 11 – Puerto Gadal to Cochrane
Today you are driving south across the Carretera Austral to Cochrane. Not far from Cochrane is the Patagonia Park where you can go on some beautiful hikes. This huge park is a new nature area and was also one of Doug and Kris Tompkins’ projects.Today’s drive: 80 km / 1.5 hours.
Day 12 – Cochrane to Puerto Rio Tranquilo
Today brings you another wonderful journey through the rugged area of Aysen. The route goes partly along General Carrera Lake and is for the most part not asphalted. On the way you will enjoy impressive views of the surrounding area. Today’s drive: 114 km / 2.5 hours.
Day 13 – Puerto Rio Tranquilo free day
Today you can take a boat trip to the marble caves or visit the glaciers of the Campo de Hielo Norte ice field.
Day 14 – Puerto Rio Tranquilo to Santiago de Chile
Today, you will drive on non-asphalted roads to Balmaceda. Here you will leave your rental car behind and fly back to Santiago de Chile. Today’s drive: 217 km / 4.5 hours.
Day 15 – End trip or travel further
After breakfast you have some free time to see more of the sights in the city. You can end your tour here, choose to extend it or continue your travels on your own.
|15 days/14 nights|
|Based on 2 persons travelling in low season|
|Including||Overnight stay including breakfast, transfers, city tour Santiago Chile, visit to wine house / wine tasting, ferries to be booked in advance, 13 days rental car, including other delivery point|
|Excluding||International & internal flights, non-bookable ferries, entrance fees, optional tours/excursions, personal expenses, booking fee|
|Accommodation Chile||Overnight stay in a double room|
|Flights||At Better Places Travel, you book your own international flights. Your travel expert will gladly advise you on the best option. Read here for more information and tips.|
This information is based on the above mentioned travel suggestion. All our tours are completely personalized, and costs will vary depending on availability, travel period, number and age of travellers, etc. Marion would be happy to help you design your ideal travel experience.