Carretera Austral Self-drive Adventure
Day 1: Welcome to Carretera Austral
3 Star Hotel at Tierra Luna
Pick up your vehicle at the rent-a-car counter upon landing in Balmaceda Airport. Drive south on Carretera Austral, visiting various points of interest. Reach Puerto Guadal after 240 km (five hours) of driving. Your first accommodation will be at General Carrera Lake.
Puerto Tranquilo, a sleepy, lakeside town in the middle of Chilean Patagonia is worth visiting. This town is located 182 km from Balmaceda Airport. You can explore the Marble Chapels in General Carrera Lake on a kayak or a boat if you want to.
You might also want to visit Exploradores Valley viewpoint, located on the northern edge of the North Patagonian Ice Field, from where you can see waterfalls and glaciers.
Day 2: Puerto Guadal – Caleta Tortel
3 Star Hotel at Entre Hielos lodge
Continue south on Carretera Austral to the town of Caleta Tortel. The distance you will be covering today is around 205 km (five hours). An unmissable stop en route is the confluence of the Baker and Neff Rivers.
You can visit the town of Cochrane located 116 km from Puerto Guadal (gravel road, about three hours) if you want to. Also worth mentioning is Tamango, which was once a natural reserve but is now part of Patagonia Park, located just a few kilometers away from Cochrane.
Day 3: Caleta Tortel – Puerto Bertrand
3 Star Hotel at Green Baker Lodge
Return to the Puerto Bertrand/ Baker River area. In Tortel Caleta, we suggest you go on a boat ride in the Baker River, visiting 'Isla de Los Muertos' (Island of the Dead). There is Parque Patagonia en route, which you can visit if you want to.
Day 4: Puerto Bertrand – Balmaceda Airport
Drive north to Balmaceda Airport from Puerto Bertrand after. The journey takes approximately six hours. Please remember to return your vehicle with a full tank before heading for the departure area.