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Aysen North and South

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8 days/7 nights

From and to 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. 

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Day 1: Balmaceda – Coyhaique

Reception at Balmaceda airport and transfer during 1 hour  to the main town of the region, Coyhaique. Free time to city tour and lunch on your own. In the afternoon, transfer to Estancia Punta del Monte, in Coyhaique Alto, or similar, where you will have dinner and lodging.   D

Day 2: Condors - Queulat National Park

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 journey to Queulat lodge, northern of Coyhaique, crossing several small towns along the road, with exceptional views of close mountains, cattle and sheep farms, arriving to a crossing to Puerto Cisnes. You will drive Queulat National Park, a humid native forest area, very impressive because of its inclined slopes surrounded by the nalcas and its huge leaves along the road. Arrival to Queulat lodge or similar for dinner and lodging.BLD

Day 3: Hanging glacier - Coyhaique

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 should happen! After this magic experience, you will drive back to Coyhaique city, for dinner in one of the best restaurants in town. Lodging in Hostal Raices or similar in Coyhaique.BLD

Day 4: Coyhaique – Marble caves – Mallin Colorado

After breakfast, you will start a long drive for about 5 hours (270 kms) to the south of the region, along the extremely scenic Carretera Austral. Crossing river Ibañez valley, Cerro Castillo peaks and Cofré humid forests, lunch will be provided with a view of magnificent  mountain peaks along the road. In the late afternoon you will take an excursion by boat  to the Marble Caves near Puerto Tranquilo. You will arrive at the Mallin Colorado Ecolodge,  in time to settle into your cabin before dinner is served. Lodging in Mallin Colorado or similar. BLD

Day 5: River Baker confluence – horsebackriding in Mallin Colorado

After breakfast, you will continue driving to the south to visit river Baker and its confluence with river Nef, which is a mystic place where you can see the power of water in its pristine state. Here, river Baker meets the sediment-colored waters of river Nef, coming 100% from glacier Nef, and changes its color onwards until it flows into the Pacific, in Caleta Tortel. Transfer back to Mallin Colorado for lunch and horsebackriding or hiking during the afternoon. Mallin Colorado Ecolodge offers 15 kms of trails in its property and you can explore them either hiking or on horses. Native trees, amazing view to lake General Carrera and Cordón Contreras mountain chain. Dinner and lodging in Mallin Colorado or similar. BLD

Day 6: Mallin Colorado – Puerto Aysén

Today is a transfer day, aprox. 350 kms. You will drive back to Coyhaique along Carretera Austral, stop in Cerro Castillo for lunch and continue your trip to Puerto Aysén. Brief stop at the Cascada La Virgen, a huge waterfall on the road side. Arrival in Puerto Aysén, dinner and lodging in Patagonia Green or similar. BLD

Day 7: San Rafael glacier

Early departure from the lodge to Chacabuco Port to get onboard your cruise to San Rafael glacier. Full day onboard with breakfast, lunch and dinner, navigating the Fjords and arriving by midday to San Rafael Lagoon. Possibility to jump in a smaller boat and get close to the icebergs on the water. Once you arrive in Puerto Chacabuco, you will be brought to your lodge in Puerto Aysen, Patagonia Green or similar.  BLD

Day 8: Transfer to Balmaceda airport

Drive to Balmaceda airport (2 hours aprox) to take your flight back.B

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Program includes:

  • Transfer in and out to Balmaceda airport and to all destinations.
  • 2 nights in Coyhaique
  • 1 night in Queulat
  • 2 nights in Mallin Colorado
  • 2 nights in Puerto Aysen
  • Full board during the whole stay
  • Visit to the marble caves
  • Visit to river Baker confluence
  • Condor dawn visit in estancia Punta del Monte
  • Hanging glacier hike
  • Mallin Colorado trails hike or horsebackriding

Program does not include:

  • Wines and beverages
  • Tips

Optional services

  • San Rafael glacier from Mallin Colorado instead from Puerto Chacabuco.
  • Condors safari
  • Queulat Hanging glacier
  • Marble caves
  • River Baker
  • San Rafael glacier
  • Coyhaique city

This program is valid until April 2019

Route

  1. Balmaceda
  2. Coyhaique
  3. Queulat National Park
  4. Hanging glacier
  5. Coyhaique
  6. Marble caves
  7. Mallin Colorado
  8. River Baker
  9. Puerto Aysén
  10. Chilean fjords
  11. San Rafael glacier
  12. Balmaceda airport