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Great Road Trips: Patagonia's Carretera Austral

From rainforests to the icefields, this is Patagonia is at its untamed best. Enjoy cosy lodges, stellar walks and exclusive experiences along a road less travelled.

If you appreciate going to a place where most people don’t speak English, where wi-fi works only sometimes, where roads are unpaved, where you might be delayed by guanacos in the road, then you should love travelling on Chile's Southern Highway as much as we do.

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Day 1 - Land in Chile, explore Santiago

Arrive in Santiago this morning to be met and transferred to your hotel downtown to freshen up. Set off to explore the city with your guide on a relaxed tour which can be tailored to suit you.
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Day 2 - Travel into Patagonia

After a relaxed morning in the city, fly south to Patagonia. Collect your 4x4 vehicle and drive just an hour north to stay in the region's largest town, Coyhaique.
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Day 3 - Private guided day in and around Coyhaique

Spend today in the company of our friendly guide, introducing you to the history, geography, geology, flora and fauna of the region.
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Day 4 - Travel north towards the Queulat National Park

Travel north to the temperate rainforests of the Queulat National Park. Walk into the hills this afternoon in the company of your host as you get your first glimpse of glaciers.
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Day 5 - Kayak, or boat, along a fjord

Spend today in sea kayaks as you paddle along the fjord towards an island where you have lunch. With luck, you will spot dolphins. If you prefer going by boat than kayak, that's fine.
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Day 6 - Walk in the Queulat National Park

Today, take a self-guided 7km walk up to the emblematic hanging glacier viewpoint, or take a boat trip on the lagoon for a less active option, both are within the Queulat National Park.
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Day 7 - Cross Lago Carrera to Chile Chico

Switch ecosystems as you leave the forests of Queulat, cross the Patagonian steppe and Chile's greatest lake as far as Chile Chico, on the edge of near-lunar landscapes.

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