Upper Chilean Patagonia

Upper Chilean Patagonia, photo by Almonroth
Upper Chilean Patagonia (photo by Almonroth)
 

Chile’s Upper Patagonia region is a vast region of mountains, rivers, lakes, fjords, all within a setting that has only the lightest human touch.

The region includes the famed Southern Highway, Carretera Austral, which is still a work in progress but considered one of the world’s most beautiful bicycle rides along long stretches of deserted road.

Highly recommended is a stop a hotsprings, Termas de Puyuhuapi, located in …, halfway down the Carretera Austral [hwy 710?].

Much of the remainder of the region lies within large parks that have limited services and limited access except by foot or boat.

This is a challenging trip, not to be done without substantial preparation.

Most of the road is gravel (ripio in Spanish) ranging from quite good quality to absolutely horrible. If you are driving, you will not need a 4WD but your car will be suffering. You will probably have to take a ferry or two to get in or travel along the road.

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Overall Atmosphere: Natural
A Natural Atmosphere includes a diverse range of destinations with outdoor-oriented features, including both water-based (beaches, rivers, lakes, etc) and land-based (mountains, forests, deserts, etc). It also includes specific outdoor activities, ranging from water adventuring (eg, kayaking, sailing) to land adventuring (eg, hiking, biking).

Natural Interests tend to be:
(a) outdoors-oriented, and therefore more dependent on weather conditions
(b) less easily accessible and more physically demanding than other destination categories.

In some cases (eg, rafting and climbing), this includes a significantly increased degree of adventure (or danger, depending on one's viewpoint).
Featuring mainly outdoors-oriented natural attractions.
Recommending Sources:
   Lonely Planet
   Rough Guide

 

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Piti Palena Lodge

Located in Bajo Palena, this quadruple features a terrace and a garden. Guests benefit from patio. A range of activities are offered in the area, such as snorkelling, diving and fishing. Average score from 7 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$120

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Green house

Green house offers accommodation in Puerto Cisnes. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. Rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV. Some units include views of the garden or city. Average score from 18 guest reviews: 7.0/10.

$30

 
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Hostal El Mirador

Hostal El Mirador offers accommodation in Lago Verde. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Rooms here are fitted with views of the mountains, the city or Lago Verde lake. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$35

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Cabañas Isla del Palena

Cabañas Isla del Palena offers accommodation in Bajo Palena. Free private parking is available on site. The accommodation has a cable flat-screen TV. Some units include a dining area and/or terrace. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$84

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Casa de Campo en Carretera Austral

Casa de Campo en Carretera Austral is a detached holiday home with a patio, situated in Puerto Cisnes in the Aysen Region. It provides free private parking. There is a seating area, a dining area and a kitchen. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 9.3/10.

$95

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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Espacio y Tiempo Hotel de Montaña

Espacio y Tiempo Hotel de Montaña

Espacio y Tiempo Hotel de Montaña is located in La Junta, where guests can enjoy contact with nature in the property's terrace providing views of the mountains. Free WiFi access is available throughout the entire property. Average score from 82 guest reviews: 9.5/10.

$66

 
$669.5
Cabaña Turin

Cabaña Turin

Located 25 kms from Queulat National Park, Cabaña Turín offers self-catering bungalow accommodations in Puyuguapi. Free WiFi access is available in this holiday home. Average score from 82 guest reviews: 9.3/10.

$71

 
$719.3
Lago Negro Lodge

Lago Negro Lodge

Comprising wooden bungalows with a fantastic lake view, Lago Negro Lodge offers accommodation in La Junta. El Sauce natural hot springs are a 40-minute car ride away. The bedrooms have a wooden interior. Average score from 27 guest reviews: 9.1/10.

$78

 
$789.1
Cabañas Calafate

Cabañas Calafate

Featuring free WiFi, Cabañas Calafate offers accommodation in La Junta. The accommodation features a spa bath. Free private parking is available on site. Featuring a terrace, all units include a seating and dining area. Average score from 79 guest reviews: 8.7/10.

$71

$718.7
Alto Melimoyu Hotel & Patagonia

Alto Melimoyu Hotel & Patagonia

Featuring a hot tub, sauna facilities, cosy wood furnishings and chic design, Alto Melimoyu Hotel & Patagonia has rooms with shared or private bathrooms in La Junta. Canoeing trips can be arranged. Average score from 77 guest reviews: 8.3/10.

$94

 
$948.3
Fundo Los Leones Lodge

Fundo Los Leones Lodge

Fundo Los Leones Lodge offers pet-friendly accommodation in Puerto Raul Marin Balmaceda. Free private parking is available on site. Fundo Los Leones Lodge also includes a barbecue. Guests can enjoy a children's playground and a restaurant on site. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$72

$72-
Cabañas Isla del Palena

Cabañas Isla del Palena

Cabañas Isla del Palena offers accommodation in Bajo Palena. Free private parking is available on site. The accommodation has a cable flat-screen TV. Some units include a dining area and/or terrace. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$84

$84-

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Combination
Hotsprings

Termas de Puyuhuapi

Located halfway down the Carretera Austral. Puyuhuapi is an interesting town with German influence, good for a rest day.
Natural
Alpine Mountains
While there are beautiful alpine mountain backdrops along the way, hiking trails are limited.
Biking
This part of Patagonia is famous for biking along the Carretera Austral (CH-7). This road runs for 1240 km from Puerto Montt in the north to Villa O'Higgins in the south. The road conditions range from very bad to normal paved road (around Chaitén and Coihaique). You will need a good quality bike (mountain or touring bike), good panniers, spare tires, and some tubes.

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