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Northern Carretera Austral

Puerto Montt - Hornopiren - Caleta Gonzalo - Pumalin Park - El Pangue - Coyhaique - Balmaceda (6 days / 5 nts)  From $N/A

Carretera Austral

A stunning self-drive circuit north from Balmaceda towards the beautiful and remote areas of |Pumalin Park, Lake Risopatron, and Queulat National Park.

Day 1: Arrive in Puerto Montt Airport - Hornopiren (99km / 62 miles )
Pick up the car at the airpPatagonia - Pumalin Parkort of Puerto Montt and start your trip along the Carretera Austral south. You will pass the towns of Chamiza and Metri before arriving at your first ferry crossing at Caleta Arena. After 45 minutes you will arrive at Caleta Puelche and from there it will take another 2 hours before you reach the town of Hornopiren. Overnight in Hornopiren.

Day 2: Hornopiren - Caleta Gonzalo (10km / 6 miles)
From Hornopiren we take a longer ferry to Leptepu, taking approximately 3 hrs, during which you will be accompanied by the most impressive views of the Andes Mountain range and Patagonian Fjords. From Leptepu you will drive 10 km and arrive at the last ferry taking you to Caleta Gonzalo. Overnight in Pumalin Park.

(Included meals: breakfast)

Day 3: Caleta Gonzalo and Pumalin Park
You will have the entire day to discover the surroundings and the Pumalin Park. Overnight in Pumalin Park.

(Included meals: breakfast)

Day 4: Caleta Gonzalo - Lago Risopatron - El Pangue (202km / 125 miles)
Today will take you further south driving along the humid evergreen forests of Northern Patagonia, passing by the marvelous Lago Yelcho, the town of La Junta until arriving at the Lago Risopatron, where you will be spending the night. Overnight in Lago Risopatron.

(Included meals: breakfast)

Day 5: El Panque - Queulat National Park - Coyhaique (220km / 140 miles)
You keep on hPatagonia - Northern part of Carretera Australeading south witnessing amazing landscapes that seem to change every 15 minutes; the Queulat National Park will not leave you untouched. Don´t forget to stop at the Ventisquero Hanging Glacier! Continue on towards Coyhaique, capital of the Aysen region. . Overnight in Coyhaique.

(Included meals: breakfast)

Day 6: Coyhaique - Balmaceda (55km/34 miles)
After breakfast, drive back to the airport of Balmaceda to drop off the car and board your connecting flight.

(Included meals: breakfast)

Tour includes: 5 nights incl. breakfast, 6 days car rental including unlimited free mileage, local tax, CDW coverage (with deductible of 20 UF +  19 % VAT), a selfdrive brochure, basic roadmap and descriptions, drop off charge. Deductible as per general car rental conditions.

Not included: International and domestic Air Fare, airport taxes, meals not mentioned, PAI and SACA insurance (optional), gratuities and personal expenses. In Chile car rental companies charge an additional airport service fee (Hertz rate: USD 8, - per day aprox.) when vehicle will be picked up from airport.  This extra fee has to be paid directly to the car rental agency.

Notes:
- Prices per person in USDollars.
- The services are subject to the availability & rates at the moment of the reservation
- Hertz categories: J (Nissan Terrano - diesel- 4x2) / G (Nissan X Trail 4x4 or similar)
- Important! Gasoline supply Carretera Austral & Ruta 40
Over the last couple of months there have been some problems with petrol supply in the south of Argentina. Long distances and with few residents, small-village gas stations were not prepared for the current larger wave of visitors. Therefore, we want to stress our recommendation that passengers travelling the Carretera Austral and the Ruta 40 ALWAYS need to fill up gas, whenever they pass by a gas station. In addition, we advise you to always request an extra petrol can when you travel the austral roads. The extra cans are only available with a Pick Up rental car and are supplied upon availability.