If you want to travel the Carretera Austral and have some time, this program is for you.
We will visit the famous Queulat National Park, sail to the Marble Cathedrals, visit the beautiful village of Caleta Tortel, and finally discover the thousand-year-old icebergs of Laguna San Rafael in an 8-day trip.
Day 1: Arrival Balmaceda Airport - Address to Hotel Loberías del Sur
Transfer: Airport in Coyhaique Hotel in Puerto Chacabuco
We will pick you up at Balmaceda Airport and take you to Loberías del Sur Hotel in Puerto Chacabuco. This afternoon you will have free time to enjoy the hotel facilities and relax after the trip. Dinner will be at the hotel itself.
Day 2: Laguna San Rafael National Park - Carretera Austral Sur - Puerto Chacabuco
Catamaran sailing through the San Rafael lagoon
- Departure: 07:15
- Duration: 13 hours
- Includes: Breakfast, Boxlunch, Lunch, Dinner
- Pickup: Hotel Loberías del Sur in Puerto Chacabuco
- Dropoff: Hotel Loberías del Sur
We will navigate fjords and channels of the Chilean Patagonia by catamaran from Puerto Chacabuco to the Laguna San Rafael National Park. On this tour, we will get to know the native forests that melt in the sea, different bays and the San Rafael glacier where we will appreciate its ice landslides.
We leave from the Hotel Loberías del Sur, located in Puerto Chacabuco at 07:15 a.m. to do the check in. Then we board the catamaran and have breakfast on board. We will sail around 5 hours in the direction of Laguna San Rafael National Park. The route is characterized by its imposing nature of native forests that merge into the sea. We are going to sail through fjords and channels of Chilean Patagonia, while enjoying a delicious aperitif on the catamaran.
Lunch on board.
We are going to be able to witness the Tres Cruces gulf and the Estuario Elefante. The catamaran makes a stop in a bay where there is a colony of sea lions.
We will continue advancing and find icebergs that indicate that we are already in the Laguna San Rafael National Park, until we reach the San Rafael Glacier, where we will climb a zodiac and we will approach about 300 meters from the ice massif. There we can see how ice that have thousands of years are shed.
After 2 hours, we will return to our place of origin sailing through the channels of Patagonia to the Hotel Loberías del Sur, in Puerto Chacabuco.
- PhysicalVery low
- CulturalVery low
- NatureVery high
- NightlifeVery low
Day 3: EXCURSION TO THE NATIONAL PARK QUEULAT
We will leave from hotel at approximately 6:00 am in the direction of Queulat National Park, 277 km from the city. On the way we will be able to see the landscapes of the Carretera Austral Norte, surrounded by wonderful mountains and fast flowing rivers. We will stop at the Marchant Lookout and the Virgin Waterfall along the way to get to the park around noon.
We will start a 600-meter gentle hike through native forests until we reach the orifice of the Témpano Lagoon. For those who want to walk a little further they can follow the path, entering the forest. We will enjoy the impressive view of the Queulat Hanging Glacier where we will have time to take pictures and rest.
Once we finish lunch we will return to hotel.
Day 4: EXCURSION TO THE AIKÉN DEL SUR PARK
What you will visit:
- 1 Marble Chapels
Only fifteen minutes away from Hotel Loberías del Sur you can enjoy all the biodiversity of Chilean Patagonia in the Aikén del Sur Park. In this magnificent 250-hectare ecotourism reserve you will find four trails especially prepared for trekking.
The Aiken del Sur Park has a Visitor Center where you can find out about all the activities of the Park, botany, excursions and anthropology typical of the Region of Aysén. In addition, in our "quincho" roof, you can enjoy folklore shows and lamb roasts Patagón style.
One of the activities that you can do is the hike, of approximately 2 hours, through natural paths that will take you to see the flora and fauna of the region. This activity is carried out in groups and accompanied by specialized guides. The trails are equipped with educational stations and panels to inform and learn about specific environmental phenomena; with rest areas, bridges, viewpoints and panoramic platforms where you can enjoy spectacular views. To finish the visit to the park we will enjoy a typical patagonian barbecue with a folkloric group.
We will return to Hotel Loberías del Sur for dinner.
Day 5: AGUAS CALIENTES DE ENSENADA PÉREZ EXCURSION
After having breakfast at the hotel we will embark in the port to arrive to Ensenada Perez. We will sail through the Patagonian channels, aboard our catamaran, to enjoy a day of relaxation at the foot of the Macá volcano, 2,960 meters above sea level, whose cone is covered with ice. During the trip we will have coffee and cookies to accompany the wonderful views.
Upon arrival we will have plenty of time to rest, relax and enjoy the natural hot water pools. We will have lunch right there with the hotel service and we will return around 4:15 p.m. to Puerto Chacabuco.
Day 6: EXCURSION FULL DAY CAPILLAS DE MARMOL
We will leave from the Hotel Loberías del Sur at approximately 08:00 hours towards the Capillas de Mármol. During the trip we will appreciate a landscape of forests of lenga, coigüe and ñire, vegetation that covers the point of entrance to the Cerro Castillo National Reserve.We will visit the Cerro Castillo School Museum, located near the Paredón de las Manos and declared a National Monument in the Historic Monument Category in 2008. Later we will see the Laguna verde, named for it's emerald color. We will cross the El Manso bridge, to later observe the flooded valley and covered with tall grasses and dead trunks that are the result of the great eruption of the Hudson Volcano in 1991.
We will continue our way and enter the Portezuelo del Río Cajón (altitude 600 mt). Here the road begins to descend until arriving to the town of Murta, located in an arm of the General Carrera Lake. Then, we will continue bordering the General Carrera Lake until we reach the town of Puerto Río Tranquilo. Here we will have a navigation until we meet the wonderful Shrine of Nature Capillas de Mármol. This is a place of great scenic beauty, where the constant waves of the lake have eroded and polished the limestone leaving caverns of different shapes.
Tonight we will sleep in a lodge in the area of Lago General Carrera
Day 7: CALETA TORTEL EXCURSION
We will have breakfast very early to leave around 08:00 hours towards Caleta Tortel. We will take the Carretera Austral heading south to reach the amazing and beautiful town built on the rocks, whose streets are endless walkways on a dense vegetation and the sea. Here you can breathe the characteristic Cypress aroma.
We will have all day to walk and we will return at 5:30 p.m. to arrive at approximately 9:30 p.m. at the Lodge in General Carrera Lake where we can have dinner and sleep.
Day 8: Transfer to Balmaceda Airport.
After breakfast we will check-out from the hotel to take the transfer that will ride us to Balmaceda Airport.
- Shared transfers.
- 5 nights accommodation at Hotel Loberías del Sur (Puerto Chacabuco)
- 2 nights accommodation in Lake General Carrera Lake Lodge.
- Full Day Excursion Queulat National Park.
- Excursion Full Day Capillas de Mármol.
- Full Day Caleta Tortel excursion.
- Full Day Laguna San Rafael excursion.
- Full Day Excursion to Aguas Calientes from Ensenada Pérez.
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- The meals in the hotels do not include drinks.
- Unlimited use of Gym and Sauna.
- WiFi released in Hotel Loberías del Sur.
- Extra food outside the contemplated in itinerary
- Everything not mentioned in Itinerary
Comfortable clothes according to weather conditions, comfortable shoes, sunglasses, camera.