Northern Patagonia & Coyhaique City

  • Port

    Puerto Chacabuco, Chile

  • Activity Level

    Moderate

  • Excursion Type

    City Tour, Hiking, Local Sightseeing, All

  • Wheelchair Accessible

    NO

  • Cost

    USD USD USD

    Price between $101-$150
  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 5¾ Hours

  • Meals Included

    Yes

Your tour departs from Puerto Chacabuco on the legendary Carretera Austral. This road was built in 1976 to connect Puerto Montt with Puerto Yungay.

You will drive approximately 50 miles through gloriously rugged landscape to the Simpson River Reserve. Situated in the Simpson Valley, the reserve encompasses 98,844 acres of nature in its purest form. Rounded hills rise up to 6,161 feet, and are surrounded by silent forests; deep valleys are filled with the rustling of numerous waterfalls. Check out the Visitor Center here -- it affords a dramatic outlook over a scenic combination of river, canyon and valley panoramas.

Next, you're headed eastward to the city of Coyhaique, crossing the Andes Mountains at 1,476 feet. The road follows the Simpson River through a narrow valley that is home to an abundance of bird species. A short stop at the Alto Baguales viewpoint provides a superb lookout over Coyhaique before you enter the city. It is the capital of the Aysén region, which claims breathtakingly steep peaks, glaciers, cascading rivers and grassy steppes. Take some time to stroll in the main plaza with its cathedral and browse at the handicraft market.

Notes:

Wear comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, a sweater and a raincoat. It is essential that you wear warm, layered clothing in order to fully enjoy and participate in this excursion. Refreshments will be served en route. This tour is available only on certain sailings and is dependent upon time in port. Your guide will do his/her best to speak English, but please keep in mind that the limited tourism infrastructure here is part of the ports charm, and bear with any language difficulties he/she may encounter. Buses do not have air-conditioning.