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Full Aysen Journey

16 days/15 nights

Departing point: Balmaceda airport

Arrival point: Balmaceda airport

Description

Visit the main attractions of Aysen region and a typical estancia with this program. Don´t miss the marble caves in the south and hanging glacier  in the north. Enjoy most of its attractions visiting river Baker, watching condors extremely close and enjoying a horsebackriding in Mallin Colorado Ecolodge.  With transfers, lodging and full board, this is an exceptional way to know Aysen region north and south. 

Day 1: Balmaceda –  Kayak in the marble caves – Puerto Tranquilo

Reception at Balmaceda airport and transfer during 5 hours to the lodge. It is a 220 kilometers trip, but takes about  5 hours. Your will see valleys and rivers, wild forests and mountains rocks. Later you will drive along a thinner unpaved road, surrounded by wild lupines in springtime (Nov/Dec) arriving to lake General Carrera, a huge mass of calypso-colored water, the second biggest lake in Southamerica, after Titicaca.  Arrival in Puerto Tranquilo, kayak excursion in the marble caves. Dinner and Lodging in Puerto Tranquilo. 

Day 2: Ice trek over glacier Exploradores

After breakfast, and two hours’ drive through the most pristine road to the Northern Icefields, it starts the walk towards glacier Exploradores. You will see the glacier first and have the possibility to walk on the ice plateau and several caves, and low hills of ice during three hours aprox. It is an incredible experience, surrounded by the white and cold ice, it is simply being in a complete different world.  At about 5PM you will start returning to the lodge. We provide you breakfast and box lunch for the day.

Day 3: Rafting on river Baker

This is a nice day. You will drive further south along Carretera Austral to the end of Lake General Carrera and get to know river Baker. On the shores of Lake Bertrand starts the rafting adventure, soft, in a stunning landscape. After a coffee, you will arrive in Mallin Colorado Ecolodge for lunch at about 14.00 hrs. There you will have a free afternoon in a nice spot to rest and recover to continue this adventure in Aysen.

Day 4:  Free day, Mallin Colorado trails

After so many outdoor activities, today is a relax and calm day in Mallin Colorado Ecolodge. Enjoy the nice views from the comfort of your cabin or explore the backyard trails of the property among native trees, amazing views and an incredible private feeling in the end of the world.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 5: Marble caves (dawn visit) and Glacier Leones

Early breakfast and  visit to the marble caves, starting from the lodge at 6.30 AM.  We will take a boat for 45 minutes to get inside the marble caves on the shore of lake General Carrera. Special light from the east at this time of the day. Driving back, in Leones bridge,   we will meet the jet boat  at 9.30 AM and do a full day excursion to lake Leones and Leones Glacier. We travel for 40 mins up the Leones River and then walk (30mn up to 1 hour)  to reach Lake Leones. Navigation on Lake Leones toward the spectacular terminal face of the Leones Glacier, where we observe the 3 separate branches of the glacier calving into the lake. Lunch in front of the glacier. Ice walk optional. Once back at the boat we will travel back to the lodge. Dinner and lodging in Mallin Colorado.

Day 6: Mallin Colorado – river Baker – Caleta Tortel

Breakfast will be served at 8:00 AM in the main lodge, today we have an early start on our drive to Caleta Tortel. We will visit the small village of Puerto Bertrand on lovely Lake Bertrand and watch as its waters flow into the exceptionally beautiful turquoise water of the Baker River.  We will follow a short trail to witness the mighty power of the rapids at the confluence of the Baker River and the Nef River. We will then visit the town of Cochrane, famous for its delicious empanadas. In late afternoon we will arrive in Caleta Tortel.  Originally accessible only by boat, the town consists in an ingenious network of footbridges, stairs and bridges that go over rocks, vegetation and marshes, connecting the piers with the houses and shops. Lodging will be in a rustic yet elegant lodge.

Day 7: Caleta Tortel – Villa O´Higgins

Breakfast and free morning to go walking along the Cypress walkways around the town. Lunch on your own and departure to Villa O´Higgins during the afternoon. Take a 45 minutes ferry boat to arrive the last town of Aysen. Welcome and lodging in cosy wooden cabins with dinner.   

Day 8: Full day onboard to Glacier O´Higgins

Breakfast and full day excursion to Glacier O´Higgins, located in the Southern Ice Fields and one of the most virgin places in the world. Back to the lodge, dinner and lodging.

Day 9: Villa O´Higgins – Patagonia park – Mallin Colorado

Breakfast and transfer to Mallín Colorado Ecolodge. Lunch in Cochrane, visit to Patagonia Park and continue the trip to the north. Welcome in Mallín Colorado, dinner and lodging.

Day 10: Driving from Mallin Colorado to Puerto Aisen

We start our trip to Puerto Aysen early in the morning, visiting Coyhaique downtown and several attractions on the road to the coast. Much of the trip along the paved road passes through extraordinary landscapes of dense forests between mountains and cliffs.  In the afternoon we arrive in Puerto Aisén. Lodging and dinner.

Day 11: Full day cruise to San Rafael glacier

Early in the morning, you will be driven to Puerto Chacabuco pier to take the cruise for a whole day to San Rafael Glacier. There you will get breakfast, lunch, snacks and drinks. After navigating the fjords and channels, you will enter San Rafael Lagoon and take small boats to get closer to the ice walls and luckily see ice breaks in the clear water. Late arrival in Puerto Chacabuco and transfer to your lodge. Dinner included.

Day 12: Puerto Aysen – Puyuhuapi lodge

Today you will start your trip to northern Aysen. Landscape is equally beautiful, but completely different from the first part of this trip. Humid vegetation, at times, deep green forests, like the famous “enchanted forest” and Queulat National parks with its huge nalca leaves. You will arrive to Puyuhuapi lodge and will be transferred in a taxi boat to the doorfront of the lodge on the other side of Bahia Dorita.  Dinner and lodging.

Day 13: Free day Puyuhuapi lodge

Today is a free day in Puyuhuapi lodge, to enjoy all the swimming pools and relax in this Spa and lodge in Patagonia. Enjoy the isolation and elegance of this famous lodge with upscale gastronomy. Lunch and dinner in the lodge.

Day 14: Hanging glacier – Puyuhuapi village

This is a nice day. After breakfast, you will drive shortly to the entrance of Queulat park and hike a wonderful trail climbing the steep bluff to the north, reaching a splendid lookout over the hanging glacier and Tempanos lagoon. Stay silently in front of this spectacle and be happy if you hear a deep noise because of ice falling down. It could happen! After this magic experience, you will drive to Puyuhuapi village and visit its famous hand-made rugs factory, where you can appreciate the local experts working their tinctured lamb wool creating beautiful designs. In the evening, we cross back to Puyuhuapi lodge for dinner and lodging.

Day 15: Puyuhuapi - Coyhaique

Today after breakfast, you start your trip to Coyhaique city, arriving there by lunch time and having a couple of hours free in town. Lunch will be in a famous restaurant downtown. In the afternoon, you will be driven to a close Estancia for a barbecue farewell dinner, having the experience of family kitchen.

Day 16: Condors and transfer to Balmaceda airport

Visit to the condor´s sleeping place in the peaks of the close mountains to watch them from the top and very close. After a good breakfast back in the Estancia, you will start your driving to Balmaceda airport for your flight.

End of our services


Includes:

  • Transfer in and out to Balmaceda airport and to all destinations.
  • 2 nights in Puerto Tranquilo
  • 4 nights in Mallin Colorado
  • 1 night in Caleta Tortel
  • 2 nights in Villa O´Higgins
  • 2 nights in Puerto Aisen
  • 3 nights in Puyuhuapi lodge
  • 1 night in Coyhaique
  • Full board during the whole stay (except some lunches)
  • Visit to the marble caves
  • Visit to river Baker confluence
  • Mallin Colorado trails hike or horsebackriding
  • Visit to Caleta Tortel
  • Glacier Leones on jet boat
  • Glacier O´Higgins full day onboard
  • Glacier San Rafael full day onboard
  • Spa and hotspring pools in Puyuhuapi
  • Visit to hanging glacier
  • Visit to hand woven carpet´s  factory in Puyuhuapi village
  • Condors dawn visit in estancia Punta del Monte

Does not include:

  • Wines and beverages
  • Tips for locals (cash)
  • Some lunches as indicated

Highlights

  • Puyuhuapi
  • Hanging glacier
  • Queulat National Park
  • Marble caves
  • Leones glacier
  • San Rafael glacier
  • O´Higgins glacier
  • River Baker
  • Caleta Tortel
  • Condors safari
  • Coyhaique city

One fixed departure per month

Valid until April 2019

Ruta

  1. Puerto Guadal