Carretera Austral

Carretera Austral

Wilderness in its most breathtaking and dramatic form. View on Google maps

Chile’s iconic gravel road stretches 124 miles past the fjords, mountains and glaciers of Northern Patagonia. Driving or cycling through this vast and untamed expanse of Protected Wilderness practically uninhabited by humans, you’ll find nature in its most unspoiled state. Kayak through fjords to otherwise inaccessible parts of the Pumalín nature reserve, hike past Cerro Castillo’s striking jagged peaks, or make the most of perfect fly-fishing conditions in Futaleufú River.

"The Carretera Austral is the wildest part of Chile, and also my favourite. I went twice in two months, and my second visit astonished me even more than my first. We went trekking on the Exploradores Glacier – one of the most daring things I've ever done. It was really tough but I felt so proud to have achieved it. Even my three year old still remembers the sound of pieces of glacier breaking and falling into the lake!"

Maria Luisa Pries
Glove Travel Designer

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BordeBaker
Tripadvisor
Borde Baker has a unique location, perched right on the Baker River – seen perfectly through the huge floor-to-ceiling windows in the lofty main living room. All the rooms and hotel’s premises are made with native wood and blend perfectly with the beautiful environment. Each small villa room has its own woodstove and is connected to the main premises through wooden walkways, leaving you feeling like you have your own Patagonian hideaway.
Lodge Chacabuco
Lodge Chacabuco is the most sophisticated lodge in the area. Located in the middle of a stunningly remote estancia with an incredible approach (you are likely to be passed by herds of roaming guanacos), you arrive to an elegant and comfortable house - think local stone, roaring fires and detailed woodwork. The six bedrooms are beautifully decorated and all have a unique and cosy charm. Picture yourself resting weary limbs in the central living room sinking in its ginormous sofas next to a roaring fire with some fine Chilean wine in hand.