Travel Module Carretera Austral

Dense forests, fjord landscapes and poignant seclusion – experience the famous Carretera Austral road on a Patagonia trip.


Puerto Montt is the starting point of your trip by rental car along the legendary Carretera Austral road. On your way to Hornopirén, you skirt lush forests and scattered fishing villages. Hundreds of waterfalls, trees of biblical age, fjords, lava fields and two active volcanoes comprise the amazing reserve of Pumalin near Chaitén. On the next leg of your journey, you pass the glacier lake Yelcho, considered one of the most beautiful lakes in Chile, with its splendor of colors and the snow-capped mountains that embrace it. You arrive in Futaleufú on the border with Argentina. The little town invites water sports enthusiasts and anglers from all over the world with its clear rivers and lakes. With its gorgeous nature, its hiddenness and harmony, your following destination Puyuhuapi is emblematic for the ambience of the Carretera Austral. Particularly eye-catching is the massive glacier tongue of Ventisquero Colgante, which steadily breaks down the rocky escarpment behind a mountain lagoon. And in the nearby thermal baths, you can wind down body and mind while Patagonian dolphins glide sweepingly across the Puyuhuapi Fjord in front of you. Finally, you reach Coyhaique, the capital of the region surrounded by cliffy mountains and green farmland. From here you have the opportunity to explore the eroded rock formations Capillas de Mármol and appreciate the special constellation of colors on Lago General Carrera.
Carretera Austral


Brightness and drama of Chaitén

The magical allure of Puyuhuapi

Hanging glacier in Queulat National Park



  • 8 nights in Hornopirén (1), Chaitén (2), Futaleufú (1), Puyuhuapi (2) and Coyhaique (2) in standard, comfort or premium accommodation generally with breakfast
  • Rental car for 8 days (SUV; e.g. Nissan Kicks; Puerto Montt / Airport – Balmaceda / Airport; free kilometers; 2nd driver incl.; border crossing excl.; standard Collision Damage Waiver)
  • Car ferry ride Hornopirén – Caleta Gonzalo


  • Arrival and departure
  • Entrance fees
  • Guided tours
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not mentioned


  • Organization of arrival and departure
  • Reduction or extension of your stay
  • Additional stay at Lago General Carrera
  • Trip with rental car along the Carretera Austral in the opposite direction
  • Guided multi-day tour along the Carretera Austral instead of traveling by rental car
  • Additional half and full day tours – for example: excursion to Capillas de Mármol
  • Combination with other travel modules

Our price

Per person for 9 days / 8 nights

(with 2 travelers):

From €1,590.00

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