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Carretera Austral and Northern Patagonia Things to See and Do

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Chile’s Northern Patagonia is a magical land full of natural and cultural uniqueness.

Almost half of the region is protected by national parks and reserves, providing endless opportunities for hiking. The Sendero de Chile extends from the north to the south, allowing for days-long adventures well away from tourist crowds. There are mountains to climb, glaciers to be trekked, lakes teeming with trout to be fished and roiling rivers to raft or kayak. In summer you can join locals in the celebration of their country fairs and attend rodeos.


Although most people come during those austral summer months, winter also beckons travelers. Quite a few of the parks remain open in winter. Their trails may be explored by snowshoe, alpine trekking and cross-country skiing. Near Coyhaique is Centro de Ski El Fraile, an alpine ski resort with five runs.


At any time of the year, the perfect way to relax after a long day of sightseeing or traveling is to soak in the agues termales (hot springs) that dot the countryside.

Other Activity pages in Carretera Austral and Northern Patagonia that may be of interest: Puerto Puyuhuapi Activities, FutaleufĂș Activities, Coyhaique Activities and Cochrane Activities.

By Lorraine Caputo

Upon re-declaring her independence at age 29, Lorraine Caputo packed her trusty Rocinante (so her knapsack's called) and began...

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Termas Puyuhuapi

The boat slices Fiordo Puyuhuapi’s icy waters, arriving at a luxury spa on the shores of Bahía Dorita. You have reached Puyuhuapi Lodge and Spa...

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Puerto Puyuhuapi, Chile

Whitewater Rafting and Kayaking

From around the world experts come to dip the paddle into RĂ­o FutaleufĂș and take the ride of their lives from the Entrada Rapids through the...

FutaleufĂș, Chile

Horseback Riding

Horseback riding (cabalgatas) is another way to delve into the countryside surrounding FutaleufĂș. Some...

Horseback Riding
FutaleufĂș, Chile

To Do and See in the Carretera Austral and Northern Patagonia

Chile’s Carretera Austral and Northern Patagonia is a magical land full of natural and cultural uniqueness. Almost half of the region is protected...

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Several day hikes can be made from FutaleufĂș. The shortest one is around Laguna Espejo on the eastside of town. Off this path is one that goes up to...

FutaleufĂș, Chile


Snap, plunk. The fly hits the stream glittering in the summer sun. Cold waters flow around the legs of the fisher meditating on the rod, awaiting...

Other Activity
Coyhaique, Chile

Biblioteca Regional

Coyhaique’s Biblioteca Regional is a beautiful new building with all the usual services of a library: books and free internet use (20 minutes). But...

Other Activity
Coyhaique, Chile
Museo Regional de la Patagonia

Museo Regional de la Patagonia

Museo Regional de la Patagonia houses its eclectic collection in two large rooms and several side galleries. Just about everyone in town, one gathers...

Coyhaique, Chile
Monumentos and Miradores

Monumentos and Miradores

On the west side of Coyhaique, along the RĂ­o Simpson, are several monuments and miradores (viewpoints) along the bypass, also called the Avenida...

Coyhaique, Chile

Sala MuseogrĂĄfica

Sala MuseogrĂĄfica, also called Museo Cochrane, has more than a few rooms of displays. The first give in-depth explanation of the geology and natural...

Cochrane, Chile

Valle Chacabuco

ConservaciĂłn Patagonia, a non-profit organization, is working to protect 173,000 acres of Patagonian steppe in Valle Chacabuco. With the help of...

Other Activity
Cochrane, Chile

Reserva Nacional Tamango

Reserva Nacional (RN) Tamango, formerly known as RN Lago Cochrane, protects 6925 hectares of lenga beech-covered landscape carved and polished by...

Other Activity
Cochrane, Chile

Reserva Nacional Lago Palena

24 kilometers (14.5 miles) south of Palena village ENTRY: Free Reserva Nacional Lago Palena, created in 1965, is a 41,380-hectare park composed...

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Palena, Chile
Reserva Nacional Cerro Castillo

Reserva Nacional Cerro Castillo

Reserva Nacional (RN) Cerro Castillo is said to be the next Torres del Paine. Although Conaf and the surrounding communities are measuredly moving...

National Park
Villa Cerro Castillo, Chile
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