Top things to do

Top Choice National Park in Northern Patagonia

Parque Nacional Patagonia

Dubbed as the Serengeti of the Southern Cone, the 690-sq-km Parque Nacional Patagonia features Patagonian steppe, forests, mountains, lakes and lagoons. Located 18km north of Cochrane, this new national park was an …
Top Choice Chilean in Coyhaique


A happy surprise, dining in this chef's home is a special event. There's no menu, just a few well-attended candlelit tables served by the vivacious Jessica. Chef Cristian employs seasonal seafood, game and fresh loc…
Top Choice International in Parque Nacional Patagonia

El Rincón Gaucho

With fine wood details and big picture windows, this handsome bar and restaurant provides an ambient setting for meals or drinks. An on-site greenhouse supplies most of the fresh produce and local lamb is served. In…
Top Choice Craft Beer in Caleta Tortel

Cervecería Chelenka

Who could guess that Patagonia's best beer is made by a Frenchman in this tiny boardwalk village? Julian makes a smooth Belgian-style IPA, a nice porter and other varieties, served with fresh ceviche or sandwiches a…
Top Choice Seafood in Hornopirén

El Pescador

Come for simple but outstanding Chilean comfort food. The fried merluza (hake) comes fresh, crisp and oversized, though you probably won't want to share. There are also seafood stews and surprisingly good steak.
Top Choice Cafe in Puerto Río Tranquilo

Mate y Truco

This cheerful button-sized cafe redeems the local dining scene with its thin-crust pizza, homemade gnocchi and steak with morel-mushroom sauce. It's just a two-woman show, so chill with a local microbrew or espresso…
Top Choice Landmark in Puerto Bertrand & Río Baker

La Confluencia

Don't miss this dramatic viewpoint, where Chile's most powerful river, the Baker, froths into a broad, behemoth cascade before merging with the milkier, glacial-fed Río Nef in a swirling contrast of mint and electri…
Top Choice Seafood in Chaitén

Cocinerías Costumbristas

Apron-clad señoras in tiny kitchens serve up piping-hot seafood empanadas, fish platters and fresh paila marina (shellfish soup). Come early for lunch because it fills up fast with locals.
Park in Northern Patagonia

Parque Nacional Laguna San Rafael

Awesome and remote, this national park brings visitors face to face with the 30,000-year-old San Valentín glacier in Chile's Campo de Hielo Norte. Established in 1959, the 12,000-sq-km Unesco Biosphere Reserve is a …
National Park in Northern Patagonia

Parque Nacional Pumalín

Verdant and pristine, this 2889-sq-km park encompasses vast extensions of temperate rainforest, clear rivers and seascapes. A remarkable forest-conservation effort stretching from near Hornopirén to south of Chaitén…