Sacred Earth Travel - Sustainable Nature and Adventure Travel


Magic of the Carretera Austral

This is a soft adventure trip that visits what has been described as the most beautiful section of the Carretera Austral. Lago General Carrera is the second largest lake in South America, and with 590m of depth, it is certainly the deepest. On the Chilean side, the lake is framed by mountains, while on the Argentinean side it borders onto the dry Pampas. This region of Patagonia has an unusually mild and sunny microclimate, which makes it possible to grow much fruit. We will be visiting a stunning marbel cave 'Catedrales Marmol', A varied itinerary that takes in some stunningly beautiful sights and scenery in southern Chile.

Lake General Carrera and Caleta Tortel Itinerary

Day 1: Balmaceda - Lago General Carrera

Upon arrival we will commence our travels appreciating the beautiful scenery and local flora of the region. We will drive through deep canyons followed by a marsh that is scattered with tree trunks; reminisce of a volcanic eruption not that long ago. In the early afternoon we arrive at the gigantic Lake General Carrera. (D)


Mallin Colorado Forest and Mallin Colorado Lagoon

We will begin the trip traveling south on the Carretera Austral bordering the stunning blue lake of General Carrera. Here we will take a short navigation across the lake until we reach the marble cave sanctuary. A picturesque spot where the constant movement of the lake and water has eroded the colored rocks leaving behind secret caves, amazing underpasses and breathtaking formations. Afterwards we will continue on our trip until arriving at Puerto Guadal located on the Southern edge of this turquoise lake. (B, D)


Today we will leave early and travel south along the Lago General Carrera reaching the impressive passage known as Paso De Las Llaves famous for its height and views. As we travel along the path we will be able to observe the drastic changes in vegetation from forest to pampas. We will arrive at Chile Chico the capital of the General Carrera Province of the Aysén Region. The town is located only 6 km (4 mi) west of the border with Argentina. (B, D)


We will board the ferry and navigate the lake General Carrera until reaching Puerto Ingeniero Ibañez. The water of this blue green lake is comprised of several distant glaciers that fill the lake and eventually poor out into the Pacific Ocean after running through the Baker River. From Puerto Ibañez we will continue our journey via land until arriving at our final destination; Coyhaique. (B, D)


After breakfast we will be picked up in Coyhaique and be transferred to the Balmaceda airport. As we travel south east towards the airport today we will notice cooler weather and a change in scenery. This is the true entrance to the Pampa which can be viewed immediately after passing through airport customs. Although a small town, Balmaceda constitutes simplicity and beauty. (B)

Rates per person - 2017 (shared service)

Nov 1, 2014 - Apr 30, 2017
single US$1130
double US$910


Program includes:

  • Regular Land Transfer Hotel / Airport
  • Regular Tourist Land Transport during the tour
  • Assistance Service Guide / Driver
  • Service Catering: Half board (breakfast and dinner)
  • 01 night at Hotel The Bay Lodge Occupation or Patagonia - Lago General Carrera
  • 01 night at Gwadar Mirador Lodge or Terra Luna Lodge - Puerto Guadal
  • 01 nights at Hotel Posada del Rio - Chile Chico
  • 01 night at Hotel Estate or Hotel Diego de Almagro - Coyhaique
  • Excursion to Marble Chapels Navigation
  • Entrances to National Parks.
  • Ferry Sailing on Lake General Carrera
  • GIFT: Coupon Discount Craft Shops, Restaurants and Tourist Services


  • Services not Described in the program
  • Voluntary Tipping
  • Beverages and Liquors


Departs Fridays only

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