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Travel the Carretera Austral, it’s an absolutely epic journey you don’t want to miss! Imagine yourself a 1200km long incredibly beautiful road winding through the most diverse landscapes.
I’ve done the trip now 3 times to do research for the Get South guidebook and I fell in love with this area: it’s insanely gorgeous, adventurous, off the beaten track, and the range of activities is endless! Don’t even think about skipping it, at least tackle a part of it if your time is limited.
My goal is to make it easier for you to get to the Carretera Austral and to give you some tips to move around! And feel free of course to tell us and other travellers about your experience!
Río Baker, Road to Caleta Tortel
Travel the Carretera Austral: how to get there!
First I’ll tell you how to get to the Carretera Austral, the ultimate nature paradise! Just make your pick of one these possibilities according to your itinerary to travel the Carretera Austral.
- The Ruta Bimodal from Puerto Montt (Chile): every day several buses leave from Puerto Montt to Hornopirén in the north of the Carretera Austral, and one bus continues to Chaitén. The journey is cheap, includes the ferry rides, and it’s extremely beautiful, especially the 3,5h ferry ride from Hornopirén going south! Unforgettable
- Navimag Ferry: with the Navimag Ferry from Puerto Montt it’s a 24h trip to Puerto Chacabuco, close to Coyhaique, about halfway the Carretera Austral. More info: www.navimag.com
- Naviera Austral’s (www.navieraustral.cl) ferry services are also very handy.
- The “Ruta Chiloé” leaves from Quellón (and in high season from Castro) to Chaiten
- The “Ruta Chaitén” heads from Puerto Montt to Chaitén
- The “Ruta Cordillera”: this route is off the beaten track for tourists, but it’s an amazing experience. It starts in Quellón on Chiloé Island and stops in a range of extremely remote villages along the areas coast line & islands. It ends in Puerto Chacabuco near Coyhaique. It’s also possible to do a part of it, just for the experience!
- Entering from Argentina: there are three main entry points for travellers that want to enter the Carretera Austral via Argentina:
- Border crossing Esquel (Argentina) to Futaleufú (northern area of the CA): many travellers travel south from Bariloche, via El Bolsón to Esquel. From Esquel they are 2 to 3 weekly buses to Futaleufú.
- Border crossing Los Antiguos to Chile Chico: many travel junkies hop on a bus from the El Calafate/El Chaltén area to Los Antiguos (buses operate from about Oct. to March). From this little town it’s piece of cake to cross the border to Chile Chico.
- The coolest way however to enter from Argentina is crossing from El Chaltén to Villa O’Higgins. The combination of bussing, hiking & boating makes it unforgettable and it’s perfect to start tackling the Carretera Austral starting from the most southern point. I did it and I loved it. Click here for more info! (Available soon!)
- Via air: Coyhaique, the capital of the Carreta Austral, also has an airport (Balmaceda) with daily flights. Check out lan.com, or for cheaper deals www.skyairline.cl
- A new & spectacular way to enter the CA is taking the ferry from Puerto Natales, located further south in Chile (hub to go to the Torres del Paine NP) to Caleta Tortel, a must see destination in the south of the CA. More info soon! Latest update: Unfortunately no ferry company has applied to operate this route. Hopefully a company will be found for the 2016/2017 season! We’ll keep you posted!
How to move around on the Carretera Austral
Moving around on the Carretera Austral by public transport is not difficult but sometimes it can be a bit tricky. Sometimes there are few connections and/or in high season buses fill up quickly. And if you get stuck somewhere for a day or two, then just enjoy the splendid nature surrounding you! The following tips will definitely help you to move around.
- The northern area:
- Between Hornopirén & Chaitén it’s easy with a daily bus that includes the breathtaking ferry rides.
- Between Chaitén & Futaleufú: daily cheap buses, no problem at all.
- Chaitén or Futaleufú to La Junta: this is one of the tricky parts of the CA, with very few connections. In case of emergency you can try to hitchhike but it’s also a part with limited local traffic. Check out Terra Austral & Buses Becker for their services, and just accept the fact that maybe you’ll have to wait a day or two, three!
- The central area: From Coyhaique (the main transport hub) it’s easy to take a bus west to Puerto Aysén & Puerto Chacabuco, north to Puerto Cisnes or Puyuhuapi, and south to Villa Cerro Castillo, Puerto Río Tranquilo & Cochrane: different companies to choose from! In high season however buses fill up quickly with locals & tourists, the main reason why people get stuck a few days in Coyhaique. An excellent solution to avoid this problem is joining a tour to Puerto Río Tranquilo (south) or to the Queulat NP (north). Enjoy the tour, with different photo stops and get off at your destination. A great choice is Patagonia Marmol Tour to solve your transport problem!
- The Southern area: daily buses go from Puerto Río Tranquilo, via Puerto Bertrand to Cochrane, and from Cochrane there’s an excellent connection with fairy-tale Caleta Tortel. The service between Cochrane & Villa O’Higgins is more limited, but with a bit of patience you should be able to get there. The main issue is the connection between Caleta Tortel & Villa O´Higgins. Only during a few weeks in high season transport is organized, but don’t count on it, it could be that you have to be a bit creative by sticking your thumb up or by getting some other travellers together to organize a transfer. The connection Chile Chico – Puerto Guadal – Puerto Río Tranquilo, this road is insanely beautiful), is another more difficult connection to solve, especially in low season. The service is irregular and timetables often change during the season. For this season a daily bus is supposed to operate but let’s wait and see how this works out. If there’s really no bus leaving from Chile Chico for a few days you could always contact Patagonia Activa or Kon-Aken Excursiones to join a tour to Puerto Río Tranquilo. From Chile Chico it’s easy to head north to Puerto Ibañez (to go to Villa Cerro Castillo or north to Coyhaique) by crossing the Lago General Carrera by ferry (www.sotramin.cl )
- Tip: From Coyhaique there are flights for locals to Villa O´Higgins. The locals have priority, but tourists can also book a last minute seat if available at a dirt cheap price!
Capillas de Mármol
San Rafael Glacier
I hope this information helps you to plan your trip on the fabulous Carretera Austral. You should definitely visit this wonderful part of Chile, just schedule enough time for it, or choose to discover just a particular section when you’re travelling with limited time!
The information is based on my personal experience and the info locals and tourist office employees have given me. Please advise us when routes have been changed, when a useful route or option is missing, or when you have a golden travel & transport tip!
Looking for destination info of a certain village on the Carretera Austral? Click on the links down below (listed from north to south)
Safe travels and enjoy this epic journey!
Jimmy Leys, Belgium. Member of the Get South travel team!
Jeinimeni Chile Chico
Parque Patagonia Cochrane
A very nice compliment we received from Eloïse from France! Her favourite destination: Puerto Gaviota in the Aysén Region in Chilean Patagonia (Area of the Carretera Austral)
I don't know if better speaking english or spanish, let's try in english :)
First of it, I wanted to thank you for the guide book which is really great ! While travelling 5 months in Argentine and Chile, I only used Get South and that was excellent ! Having a small book was perfect, I did not want to travel with two huge travel books !
I think that the best advice ever was about Puerto Gaviota in Chile, that was an amazing trip with absolutely no tourist ! Here is a picture of the village which looks incredible with a little bit of sun :)
Misiones, the province of the Iguazú Falls, is a beautiful region known for its lush green tropical forest.
Unfortunately lots of the jungle has already been destroyed. But you can help to protect it, and the many beautiful animals living in it!
The people from La Aripuca have created an ingenious system to avoid trees from being cut down! ADOPTING A TREE will make you the legal godfather of a tree and protects it for 10 years. You'll get a certificate and you can visit your new wooden buddy! And it's really dirt cheap to do it = ONLY 300 PESOS! (= only 30 USD for 10 years!)
You can sign up at La Aripuca in Puerto Iguazú, but you don't even have to go there! Just contact them via their website and help to protect our planet!
Get South goes Spanish!
Lots of travellers from South America & Spain asked us where they could get the Spanish version of the Get South guidebook, but unfortunately we were publishing our travel info 100% in English. And lots of accommodation owners told us that more and more Spanish speaking people are arriving with the guidebook.
So we decided to go for it and to launch IN JANUARY 2015:
- the website in two languages: English & Spanish
- a Spanish online version of the guidebook which you can download on your computer, tablet or smartphone!
Spread the news and inform all your Spanish speaking friends & travel buddies! :-)
We are proud to present you our new Get South website!
This website is responsive. It means that the website adapts itselfs to the screen size of your computer, tablet or smartphone! This makes it easy & handy to surf and to find your travel info!
There's still a lot of work to do, the website is not finished yet! We are currently uploading all the info, finishing the designing and so much more. But every day more info and more companies offering discounts can be found! And more & more topics will be added!
We hope you'll enjoy your visit on www.getsouth.com!
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Programa de voluntariado en GüiraOgá
Se abre la convocatoria para realizar voluntariado durante los meses de ENERO, FEBRERO y MARZO en el centro de rescate de fauna salvaje GüiraOgá.
Nuestro programa de voluntariado brinda la posibilidad a todo aquel interesado en colaborar un mínimo de 30 días con los cuidadores en las tareas que llevan a cabo a diario:
- Limpieza de las instalaciones
- Provisión de comida
- Mantenimiento de las instalaciones (pintura, carpintería...)
- Opción de realizar programa de enriquecimiento ambiental
Es necesario que los voluntarios sean responsables, autosuficientes, hayan tenido previa experiencia con fauna salvaje y sepan usar herramientas para poder realizar el mantenimiento de instalaciones o el enriquecimiento ambiental.
El trabajo se realiza siempre por las mañanas, siendo aproximadamente de 5 horas por día con 2 días francos por semana.
Las restricciones presupuestarias nos impiden otorgar asignaciones para gastos de alojamiento y comida, por lo que el voluntariado deberá ser ad-honorem. Existen diferentes opciones cerca del refugio o en Puerto Iguazú para alojarse.
Al final del voluntariado se hará entrega de un certificado, donde se detallan las tareas realizadas, con firma y sello de la institución.
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