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Carretera Austral, Chile (Podcast) – Novice Traveler


Driving the Carretera Austral, Chile (Podcast)

Hear about journey driving the Carretera Austral in Chile because the Novice Traveler talks to journey journalist and guidebook writer Steph Dyson a few nation she actually wrote the guide on.

Steph has only in the near past completed writing the Moon Information to Chile and within the technique of researching that guide, she drove the Carretera Austral. The Carretera Austral means the southern freeway and it’s in Chilean Patagonia. The Carretera Austral is 770 miles lengthy (1240 km) however Steph offers us an itinerary that may slot in a few weeks.

We begin in Balmaceda as a result of it’s one in all two spots Steph recommends the place we are able to fly in and get a rental automotive. The opposite choice is Puerto Montt on the very northern finish of the route. Rental automobiles are cheaper from there however a lot of what Steph recommends for us to see is within the south.

She has us drive from there to the primary Nationwide Park she would have us go to and that’s the Cerro Castillo. Like the higher identified Argentina park of Torres del Paine, this park has glacial lakes, jagged mountains, and mountain climbing trails. What it has much less of is vacationers. “The mountain climbing, consequently, feels much more distant”. The identify interprets as “fort hill”.

The subsequent cease is the Puerto Rio Tranquilo which is a tiny port on Common Carrera Lake. Whereas we’re right here Steph recommends a ship journey to go to the marble caves by way of kayak or speedboat. She additionally recommends ice trekking on the Exploradores Glacier.

Our subsequent cease is Patagonia Nationwide Park which was donated by the late Douglas Tompkins of Northface to the Chilean authorities. Steph says it was the only largest donation of land anyplace ever. Within the park, you may see the wildlife like guanaco (a llama relative), the rhea (massive flightless chicken), or the elusive puma.

We then head all the way down to Cochrane which has entry to the southern park of Patagonia Nationwide Park. It is a good place to see the guemal deer.

You’ll be able to drive from there to Caleta Tortel, however you will have to park your automotive. The village is just accessible by cedar wood walkways. It is a former logging city. You’ll be able to rent a neighborhood to take you out to the Isla de la Muetra (the island of the useless) the place native legend says among the unique staff have been killed by the corporate. You’ll be able to join from right here to Puerto Natales in southern Patagonia by way of a two-day native ferry journey.

Villa O’Higgins is the southernmost settlement on the street. It was solely linked by street in 1999. One of many causes to come back this far is you could sail out to the O’Higgins Glacier. You’re going to get a glass of whiskey with some shaved glacial ice. Steph extremely recommends a tour of the glacier by small aircraft.

We then loop again in direction of the place we began. On the way in which again you must begin on Chile Chico which has an odd microclimate that permits them to develop cherries. You may as well head in Argentina right here to see the Cave of Arms. You’ll be able to take a ferry throughout the Common Carrera Lake.

The city of Puyuhuapi was settled by Germans and has a powerful German heritage. From you may entry Queulat Nationwide Park and the Queulat hanging glacier.

Hearken to this episode and see why Steph has spent a lot of the final 5 years within the lovely nation of Chile.

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This episode is sponsored by Sawyer the maker of Permethrin which can be utilized to deal with clothes to guard you and your family members from bugs together with tick-borne ailments like Lyme illness. 

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Present Notes
Journey to Northern Chile – A Two Week Itinerary (Podcast)
Moon Information to Chile
Carretera Austral
Cerro Castillo
Route of the Parks
Puerto Rio Tranquilo
Common Carrera Lake
José Miguel Carrera
Exploradores Glacier
Patagonia Nationwide Park
Douglas Tompkins
Rhea (chicken)
Cochrane, Chile
Lago Cochrane
South Andean deer
Thomas Cochrane, tenth Earl of Dundonald
Caleta Tortel
Cruising Round Cape Horn in South America – Episode 460
Villa O’Higgins
Bernardo O’Higgins
O’Higgins Glacier
Chile Chico
Cueva de las Manos
Queulat Nationwide Park
Puerto Montt, Chile
Chaitén, Chile
Pumalín Nationwide Park
Chaitén (volcano)
Futaleufú, Chile


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