As the Carretera Austral heads further south, it crosses the mouth of Lago General Carrera where it flows into the Lago Negro, which then flows into Lago Bertrand. Here the highway splits, with an eastern branch (Ruta CH-265) going to Puerto Guadal and Chile Chico. This crossroads is called Cruce Guadal. At the southern tip of Lago Bertrand is the hamlet Puerto Bertrand.
Puerto Bertrand has two parts. Sector Alto, accessed by Calle Los Manzanos, is where the village church and cheaper lodging are. Downhill, about one kilometer (0.6 mi) further south, is Avenida Costanera, which turns off to downtown Puerto Betrand. The Costanera becomes the main street, edging the lake. Along here are the townâ€™s only shops, tour operators and several hotels. Midway down is a small park with a pier.
Lago Bertrandâ€™s intense azure waters are surrounded by lenga beech forests. Towards the east end of the lake are glacier-packed mountains. The lakeâ€™s waters flow southward, first moving swiftly then swirling into rapids as it becomes the RĂo Baker. A bit further south you can stand on at a viewpoint, admiring a waterfall that is the confluence of the Neff and Baker Rivers.
This landscape makes for some of the best fishing in Chile. Lago Bertrand, Lago Plomo and RĂo Baker are bounding with brown trout (trucha fario or cafĂ©), rainbow trout (trucha arcoiris) and Creole perch (percatrucha). The season runs from the end of October to mid April. A growing sport in this hamlet is whitewater rafting of RĂo Bakerâ€™s Class III rapids. Other summer activities are horseback riding to gaucho camps, hiking along the lake shore, boat rides on Lago Bartrand and Lago Plomo, and taking a rather invigorating dip in the lake. The third week of February is Puerto Bertrand marks its anniversary with the election of festival queen, asado a palo and other local food fare, typical games, regattas, fishing competitions and traditional dances.
Other places nearby Puerto Bertrand: Reserva Nacional Coyhaique, Chile Chico , Puerto IbĂˇĂ±ez, Parque Nacional HornopirĂ©n, Puerto Puyuhuapi, Puerto SĂˇnchez, Puerto Cisnes, Parque Nacional Laguna San Rafael , Puerto AysĂ©n and Villa Santa LucĂa .
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