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Carretera Austral

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Address: 21 de Mayo No. 398, Coyhaique, 5950000, Chile
Phone Number: 0672583173
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One in a lifetime experience!

Is really pretty, you can make this trip by car or bicycle, you are surrounded by the river all the time, you'll haave a wonderfull view all the way.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 11 October 2016
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Santiago, Chile
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

Is really pretty, you can make this trip by car or bicycle, you are surrounded by the river all the time, you'll haave a wonderfull view all the way.

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Kfar Saba, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2016

this is a road worth taking. it's a tough trip but highly recommended thanks to the views, little vilages you encounter on the way. I think it's one of the most beautiful roads in the world

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2016

The Carretera Austal is with 1200 km too long to describe in a short text with its amazingly beautiful and varied natural landscapes and many road conditions. The road has asphalt and gravel sections. In the rain, it can be slippery and in the dry period very dusty. Left curves on the gravel roads need to be taken with great... More 

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Coyhaique
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016

Also known as the southern end of the Pan American Highway this road, especially in Autumn (late April early May) is amazing and for my experience the further south you go the better it gets. On Foot, on a bicycle, on a motorbike or in a car, take your time and enjoy every minute. Keep your eyes open when coming... More 

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Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2015

Started from BBA airport near Coyhaique, rented a 4x4, paved road south until Cerro Castillo, from there onwards gravel roads only ... be aware when planning the trip south that often the road few km's south of Cerro Castillo is closed in the afternoon when using explosives to build a paved road. Count on an average speed much less than... More 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2015

we started Austral road in Chaiten, more specific by the shores of Lake Yelcho. There we had the best camping experience in the whole trip. Lake Yelcho was y far our best stage of the trip. We recommend the Restaurant at Yelcho en la Patagonia, simply superb! From there we wen all the way up from Cuesta del Moraga to... More 

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Karpacz, Poland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2015

I discovered Carretera Austral by accident, thavelling with some random, crazy US guys via Chile/Argentina. Totally desolated, still-not-touristy area of Chile. Full of grumpy gauchos, the only herds being the sheep herds (not tourist herds!), and what's more - the road itself. Jumpy, narrow, crossing pampa/jungle/mountain desert. More adventurous sister of Ruta 40. Take 4WD, you'll enjoy it!

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2015

An oasis on La Carretera Austral. Lovely little town with paved streets and side walks and a beautiful town plaza. And Hotel Espacio y Tiempo is a gem !!

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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2015

We just traveled a section of this famous route, - from Coihaique to the junction for Puerto Guadal. We envisaged this as a probable gravel-nuisanced drive to reach our destination - a fantastic Lodge called El Mirador de Guadal. Instead, it turned out to be a fabulous experience as the scenery was magic! There are greened marshes, tree-covered hills, snow-capped... More 

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São Paulo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2015

if you are a road lover, this is definitely one road you HAVE TO drive on. even on dirty it's fine and safe. don't need a 4wd to cross this amazing scenery. each curve will present you incredible views, so take it slow and prepare do stop for pictures, lakes, snow caps, meadows, plains, etc. the Puerto Tranquilo part was... More 

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