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Chile: Aisen and the Carretera Austral

South of the lake district lies the remote Aisén region, crossed by the Carretera Austral (‘Southern Highway’), a tremendous feat of engineering which opened up this fractured wilderness area in the 1980s. This lonely road negotiates a shattered landscape of felled and standing forests, mountain passes and glaciers, and crosses dozens of icy rivers, lakes and fjords as it weaves south from Puerto Montt to where the land runs out. This beautiful region is frequently unjustly overlooked by visitors to the lakes and southern Patagonia, although is popular with fishing enthusiasts and horse-riders. Nowadays new lodges mean that the area is at last beginning to open up.

Our holidays to Aisen and the Carretera Austral

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Lake General Carrera

Patagonia and the Chilean fjords expedition cruise - 6 Nov 2017

16 days from £5581pp

Austral Road

Self-drive Chile: Off the beaten track

14 days from £2999pp

Solar eclipse

Highlights of Chile with the solar eclipse Feb 2017

15 days from £5457pp

Huaso, Aisen

Untouched Aisen: Little-known Patagonia

15 days from £2618pp

Things to do in Aisen and the Carretera Austral

Solar eclipse

Observe a solar eclipse in Patagonia 26 Feb 2017

Self-Drive on the Austral Road

Self-drive on the Austral Road


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Of the places I’ve been, few can beat the breathtaking beauty of my first sight of Lago General Carrera. The Carretera Austral is unpaved and lonely and therein lies its attraction – the landscape slowly unfolds to show more and more picturesque vistas and you feel as if you will never reach your destination if you continue stopping at every curve to take more pictures. And once you arrive, you don’t want to leave; you want to explore more. It’s addictive.

 

Mary Anne

Mary Anne Nelson

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