+ Carretera Austral - Torres del Paine

Trans Patagonia Chile – Argentina – Chile (Amazing)

FROM CARRETERA AUSTRAL TO TORRES DEL PAINE
Fitz Roy Mount, Great Glacier O'Higgins and Carretera Austral.

 
THIS ROUTE CAN ALSO BE DONE FROM SOUTH TO NORTH. 

El Chaltén - Argentina

El Chaltén viewpoint of Fitz Roy in the vicinity of the South Ice Field.

 

We offer you this great self-guided program and unforgettable emotions. Please contact us to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,
Tel.  56- 67- 243 18 11 - Villa O'Higgins Agency

  

Season: From November to March (Navigation Season).

Duration: 9 days at least.

Requirements: Saludable fitness. (Able to walk 2.5 hours)

Minimum Age: Not suitable for children under 12 years.

Nº of partícipants: Individual or group. (4 people ideal to optimize car leasing) – maximum 10 people due to accommodation capacity at Candelario Mancilla. Camping is also an alternative.

Departures from Balmaceda Airport: 2 days before the L/M Quetru navigation on Lake O´Higgins. ( see frequencies ).

Departures from El Chaltén: 1 day before the L/M Quetru navigation on Lake O’Higgins. ( see frequencies ).

Description: It´s an interesting trip that combines the best of both countries and the Patagonia. From Balmaceda Airport, travelling along the Carretera Austral, visiting Lake General Carrera and the Marble Cathedrals, Baker River, Caleta Tortel and Villa O’Higgins; then visiting the Great Glacier O’Higgins and be one of the first to have the opportunity to make the Lakes crossing - O’Higgins – Lago del Desierto, through the Patagonian Andes, to El Chaltén at the feet of Mount Fitz Roy. The route continues to the city of El Calafate to finally cross the border to Torres del Paine National Park or to Punta Arenas airport.

This circuit requires a beautiful and easy walk of 5 km., (that anyone, who has a normal physical condition, can do) to cross from the border to Lago del Desierto. The rest of the journey is on boats or vehicles and settlers offer luggage transfer services on the route between the two lakes ( A bag or backpack of 20Kg. per person).

Warning: This is a self-guided service.

Schedules and frequencies can be affected by adverse weather conditions or force majeure. Should confirm departure times 12 hours before at the local office of Robinson Crusoe in Villa O'Higgins, telephone 56 - 67-243 18 11 The Service do not consider the reimbursement of any additional expenses due to suspended or delayed departures, and will be assumed by each passenger. Dont forget immigration´s documents.

Recommendations: Bring juices and snacks ( you can usually get water from the streams). This allows to flextime. If possible, always leave a gap day for unforeseen incidents. Have advance bookings. Carry Deep Patagonia map, sold in supermarket El Chalten and Robinson Crusoe office in Villa O'Higgins. Don´t forget to wear appropriate clothing (see “Recommended Clothing at FAQ).

Suggestions in Villa O´Higgins: Consider your accommodation in the “Lodge Robinson Crusoe Deep Patagonia” :

- 2 Nights stay as there is plenty to do.
- Hot Tubs access.
- Guest laundry
- Gift shop
- Internet

In Villa O’Higgins you may also consider other accommodation options.

 

 

SUGGESTED ROUTE BALMACEDA - PUNTA ARENAS ( NORTH - SOUTH ):

 

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* Self-guided Service.

DAY

ACTIVITY

DAY 1

Flight from Santiago to Balmaceda, Car drive from Balmaceda, Lago General Carrera – Catedrales de Mármol, Lodge en el Río Baker.

- Suggested Accommodation: Green Baker Lodge www.greenlodgebaker.com / Borde Baker Lodge www.bordebaker.cl

DAY 2

Car drive:, Rio Baker, Cochrane, Villa O’Higgins.

- Suggested Accommodation: Lodge Robinson Crusoe Deep Patagonia

DAY 3

Villa O’Higgins.

DAY 4

Navigation: Villa O’Higgins, Great Glacier O’Higgins, Candelario Mancilla.

- Suggested Accommodation: Estancia Candelario Mancilla. ( Settlers House )

DAY 5

Border cross from Candelario Mancilla (Chile) to El Chaltén (Argentina).

DAY 6

Stay in El Chaltén ( Trekk to Fitz Roy ).

DAY 7

Route El Chaltén – El Calafate. (By Transfer)

DAY 8

Route El Calafate Puerto Natales or Punta Arenas. (By Transfer)

( We suggest to add two days in Parque Torres del Paine )

DAY 9

Flight Punta Arenas - Santiago.

 

SUGGESTED ROUTE PUNTA ARENAS - BALMACEDA ( SOUTH - NORTH ):

 

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* Self-guided Service.

DAY

ACTIVITY

DAY 1

Flight from Santiago to Punta Arenas. Transfer to Puerto Natales.

( We suggest to add two days in Parque Torres del Paine )

DAY 2

Route Puerto Natales – El Calafate. (By Transfer)

DAY 3

Route El Calafate - El Chaltén. (By Transfer)

DAY 4

Stay in El Chaltén. (Trekk to Fitz Roy)

DAY 5

Border cross from El Chaltén (Argentina) to Candelario Mancilla (Chile).

- Suggested Accommodation: Estancia Candelario Mancilla. ( Settlers House )

DAY 6

Navigation: Candelario Mancilla - Great Glacier O’Higgins – Villa O’Higgins.

- Suggested Accommodation: Lodge Robinson Crusoe Deep Patagonia

DAY 7

Villa O'Higgins.

DAY 8

Car drive, Villa O’Higgins, Caleta Tortel, Rio Baker, Puerto Río Tranquilo (Lago General Carrera).

- Suggested Accommodation: El Puesto www.elpuesto.cl

DAY 9

Visit Marble Cathedrals. Car drive from Puerto río Tranquilo to Balmaceda Airport.. Flight from Balmaceda to Santiago.

 

 

Mapa Ruta

See Map Route extended

 

REFERENCE TIPS TO BUDGET THE MOST IMPORTANT TRANSFERS.
( Season 2015 – 2016 )

 

1.-Ticket LAN Santiago – Balmaceda, Punta Arenas - Santiago. (Eg. Taken in August to January 2015)

 Ch$ 86.484

2A.- Hertz rental r 4 people for 2 days with Drop Off in Villa O'Higgins.

 From Ch$ 580.000

 ( Ch$ 145.000 per person if you are 4 )

2B.- NOTE: If two groups are coordinated, one travel the route from north to south with another South to the North SAVE DROP OFF (CH$409.527 + VAT) 

 CH$ 92.380

3.- Navigation Lago O'Higgins and visit to the Great Glacier . (See frequencies)

 C$ 72.000

4.- Cross: Lago del Desierto (twice daily)

 US$ 30

5.- Transfer Lago del Desierto to El Chaltén

 AR$ 325

6.- Transfer El Chaltén – El Calafate – Pto. Natales   ( www.transporteslaslengas.com )

 US$ 100

7.- Bus Pto. Natales – Punta Arenas

 US$ 12



See: Times and Distances

See:  Driving Tips

 

SUGGESTION: Rent in advance a suitable vehicle at Balmaceda for the journey overland to Villa O’Higgins with Mitta rent a car (www.mitta.cl, Phone. +56-67-224 5780) to be taken in Balmaceda or Coyhaique (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED). Vehicles rented by Mitta have the option to be dropped (Drop-Off) or required (take-on) in Villa O'Higgins. Special rate applies.

Mitta

Warning: Schedules and frequencies can be affected by adverse weather conditions or force majeure. Should confirm departure times 12 hours before at the local office of Robinson Crusoe in Villa O'Higgins, telephone 56 - 67-243 18 11 The Service does not consider reimbursement of any additional expenses due to suspended or delayed departures, which will be assumed by each passenger.

 

For additional information please contact us to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call to 56–67– 243 18 11 Villa O'Higgins Agency, 56 –67 –243 19 09 Lodge.

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