Welcome to Northern Patagonia


Southbound visitors often bypass Northern Patagonia on a sprint to Torres del Paine, but its backcountry treasures are pay dirt to the adventurous traveler.

The mostly gravel Carretera Austral rumbles from Puerto Montt to Villa O'Higgins, some 1200km south. Ferry connections are required for northerly roadless stretches where mountains meet the sea. Though sections north of Coyhaique are now being paved, the iconic challenge of driving the rest still remains.


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$102 Outdoor Activities

Puerto Chacabuco to Coyhaique National Reserve Shore Excursion

We start our trip from Puerto Chacabuco and head towards Puerto Aysen, the second largest city in the Aysen region. We will then cross the Aysen River over the Presidente Ibañez Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in Chile. Then we drive to the east, along the road that connects Puerto Aysén City and Coyhaique, one of the busiest routes in the region. Along this road we can see the banks of Rio Simpson, surrounded by an evergreen forest along with the beautiful waterfall, Cascada La Virgen.We also visit the Rio Simpson National Reserve museum and observe the flora and fauna. Then we will go to the Coyhaique National Reserve where you take a short walk on the shores of Laguna Verde.We share a delicious picnic with traditional food from the Patagonian region, enjoying a panoramic view of the city of Coyhaique.It is recommended to be prepared for unexpected changes in the weather. Bring rain gear and comfortable shoes for your walks and excursions. Protect yourself from the sun with sunglasses and sunscreen.

$79 Private & Custom Tours

Puerto Chacabuco to Puerto Aysen Private Shore Excursion

Start your trip from Puerto Chacabuco to Puerto Aysén City. You will see major attractions such as the Presidente Ibañez Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in Chile, and the handicraft markets located near the Aysén river. Then continue your trip to dead-water port a small fishing boat terminal. You will also get to see "Los Palos Bridge" which is an old suspension bridge. It is recommended to come prepared for unexpected changes in the weather. Bring rain gear and comfortable shoes for your excursion. Protect yourself from the sun with sunglasses and sunscreen. We Finish the trip in Puerto Chacabuco.

$135 Outdoor Activities

Small-Group Kayaking at Moreno Lake in Bariloche

Pick up at your hotel and transfer to Lopez Bay, distance 30 km/18 miles northwest from Bariloche city, driving along Nahuel Huapi lake shorelines. Our kayak guides we’ll give you a briefing about basic kayaking skills and safety instructions before launching the kayaks. Also we’ll provide you with all sea kayaking equipment such us: life vest, spray skirt, dry bags, ecc.Once in the water we will start paddling at the foot of Mount López overlooking Nahuel Huapi lake, then we will navigate a short narrow-calm river to get Moreno lake.During paddling you can discover Llao Llao Park close to the luxury LLao LLao Hotel & resort, circumnavigate “De los Clavos” Island, explore calm bays  and take some breaks for photographing the wildlife, the spectacular landscapes or relax your mind in this paradise surrounded by the Andes in Northern Patagonia. After near 2 hs paddling in crystal clear water our vehicle will be waiting for a sightseeing tour along “Circuito Chico” with a short stop at “Punto Panoramico” arriving near 1:00 p.m in Bariloche down town.

$195 Outdoor Activities

Small-Group Lago Moreno Kayaking Adventure in Bariloche

Pick up at your hotel and transfer to Lopez Bay, distance 30 km/18 miles northwest from Bariloche city, driving along Nahuel Huapi lake shorelines. Our kayak guides we’ll give you a briefing about basic kayaking skills and safety instructions before launching the kayaks. Also we’ll provide you with all sea kayaking equipment such as: life vest, spray skirt, kayak jacket, dry bags, etc.Once in the water we will start paddling at the foot of Mount López overlooking Nahuel Huapi lake, and then we will navigate a short narrow-calm river to get Moreno lake. During paddling you can discover Llao Llao Park close to the luxury LLao LLao Hotel & resort, circumnavigate “De los Clavos” Island, explore calm bays  and take some breaks for photographing the wildlife, the spectacular landscapes or relax your mind in this paradise surrounded by the Andes in Northern Patagonia. After paddle 2 hs. in crystal clear water we will stop for a Pic Nic lunch in a secluded beach surrounded by pure Nature.After lunch we will continue kayaking a couple of hours more exploring the lake and reching our final destination, where our vehicle will be waiting for a sightseeing tour along “Circuito Chico” with a short stop at “Punto Panorámico” arriving near 5:00 p.m. in Bariloche down town.This itinerary is subject to changes based on the group and the weather conditions.

$126 Water Sports

Half Day Soft Kayak Bariloche

Pick up at your hotel and transfer to Lopez Bay, distance 30 km/18 miles northwest from Bariloche city, driving along Nahuel Huapi lake shorelines. Our kayak guides we’ll give you a briefing about basic kayaking skills and safety instructions before launching the kayaks. Also we’ll provide you with all sea kayaking equipment such us: life vest, spray skirt, dry bags, ecc.Once in the water we will start paddling at the foot of Mount López overlooking Nahuel Huapi lake, then we will navigate a short narrow-calm river to get Moreno lake.During paddling you can discover Llao Llao Park close to the luxury LLao LLao Hotel & resort, circumnavigate “De los Clavos” Island, explore calm bays  and take some breaks for photographing the wildlife, the spectacular landscapes or relax your mind in this paradise surrounded by the Andes in Northern Patagonia. After near 2 hs paddling in crystal clear water our vehicle will be waiting for a sightseeing tour along “Circuito Chico” with a short stop at “Punto Panoramico” arriving near 1:00 p.m in Bariloche down town.

$180 Day Trips & Excursions

Marble Chapels at General Carrera Lake Full Day From Coyahique

Depart from Coyhaique very early in the morning to go 223 km. (140 miles) south on the Carretera Austral to the townof Puerto Tranquilo. Throughout the journey you will see beautiful forests of Coigue, Lenga, Ñire and Ciruelillo trees.You’ll pass through iconic landmarks as it is “Chiguay Lagoon”, “The stone of the Count” and the “Ibañez Portezuelo”which has the highest altitude of the whole Carretera Austral (1.000 meters a.s.l). Approaching the Ibañez River, themagnitude of the imposing “Cerro Castillo” will be appreciated and you will pass by the village of Cerro Castillo. All thisarea belongs to the National Park “Cerro Castillo”.Throughout this journey cross a wide valley once half covered by volcanic ash, known as “Bosque Muerto” or deadforest, traces of Hudson Volcano's eruption in 1991, nowadays you’ll notice how nature has given a second chance tothis place. The tour continues to descend through the valley of the Murta River which you may see covered up bycolored cloak in spring due to the local “Lupinus” up to where the General Carrera Lake is born.There will be stops on route to take photos. After about 3½ to 4 hours drive, you will reach Puerto Tranquilo for lunchin a local restaurant. In the afternoon, a short hop takes us to the shores of General Carrera Lake for the boat trip to“Marble Chapels” Sanctuary of Nature.This is a place of unique beauty, where wave action has polished the limestone to form really attractive caves.In the afternoon, return to Coyhaique with a stop in Cerro Castillo town to buy snacks if you desire.

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