Rich in unexplored areas, Northern Patagonia covers the south end of the Región de Los Lagos and the region of Aysén in its entirety, going from Chaitén to the Southern Patagonian Ice Fields. The Carretera Austral (Austral Highway) crosses the area and it takes you to several fishing lodges, thermal springs, and several hotels that combine comfort and adventure.

You can visit the region with our tours and cruises. Also, if you want to go through Carretera Austral on your own there are several "self-drive" tours and car rental options. To get to Northern Patagonia and Carretera Austral you can buy a plane ticket in our flights section.

The Carretera Austral (Austral Highway) is one of the biggest human efforts to rule these lands. This highway begins in Puerto Montt and then takes you to Pumalín Park, a contentious foreign-owned private park aimed at maintaining and protecting biological variety. Through a side road from there you can travel to Futaleufú, an ideal place for lovers of kayaking and rafting. The river's white and stormy waters pack a whole challenge for the brave ones.

Going further south you will find the magnificent Queulat National Park, with a spectacular hanging glacier which is visible from the road. From Puyuhuapi town, near the limits of Queulat, and accessible only by sea or air, is the hot springs resort Termas de Puyuhuapi, a true paradise amidst the wilderness.

From this city, you can take a side road heading to Puerto Cisnes and another to Coyhaique where El Fraile Ski Center just a few kilometers away. From there, you can travel along channels and fjords leading to an spectacular place: San Rafael Lagoon, where the San Rafael snowcap (San Valentín Ice Camp snowdrift) and the sea meet.

Keep steady on the road and you will reach the gorgeous Lake Elizalde and Lake General Carrera, the largest in the country. Here nature has created a wonderful and impressive phenomenon, the Marble chapels. Down the road you'll find the Baker river, a fisherman's paradise, whose source is located to the North of Cochrane city. At the end of a thousand-kilometer journey, the Austral road ends in the town of Villa O' Higgins, just a step away from Southern Patagonian Ice Field.

  • Carretera Austral Norte

    Northern southern highway begins in Puerto Montt from the Town Board and goes to Coyhaique, the regional capital. Within this tour…

  • Carretera Austral Sur

    The Carretera Austral South begins in Coyhaique and ends Puerto williams. This is a journey that presents different landscapes, such…

  • Coyhaique

    Coyhaique is considered the most important city of the Carretera Austral. From here you can make trips to know the General Carrera…

  • Baker River

    Known to be the largest river in Chile, the river receives experts from rafting and kayaking from all corners of the world, this in…

  • Cerro Castillo National Reserve

    Its natural beauty and its archaeological culture heiress, make it one of the most beautiful wild areas that protects the flora and…

  • La Junta

    The Junta is located at the junction of two valleys and Rosselot and Palena rivers. Its excellent climate allows multiple activities…

Highlights in Northern Patagonia & Carretera Austral