Ways to Explore Aysen
Hiking in Aysen
There are several national parks and reserves in the Aysen region that offer some lovely trekking routes for the avid hiker visiting this rarely visited area of Patagonia. …
Horse Riding in Aysen
Discover the strong gaucho culture of the Aysen region; exploring the old horse paths up in the Andean mountains. There are plenty of horse-riding routes throughout the region, …
Kayaking in Aysen
Patagonia's remote and hidden region of Aysen offers unique kayaking opportunities for novices and experienced paddlers alike. Pumalin national park in the north, the white water …
Fishing in Aysen
Aysen is the most renowned fishing area in Chile. It’s enormous lakes, lagoons, rivers and fjords make it a fisherman’s paradise. Prize…
Places to Go
The Carretera Austral (or Southern Highway) is a largely non-paved road that stretches 1,240km through the region; from Puerto Montt in the North, to Villa O'Higgins in the south. The end of the road is just that! A vast lake that represents the southern boundary of Aysen and the border with Argentina. The road provides more adventurous travelers with a way into the most wild and remote corners of Patagonia. For all it is a voyage of discovery with surprise and delight at every valley along the way.
North Patagonian IceCap
Patagonia's highest mountain, Monte San Valentin, sits in the midst of the North Patagonian IceCap at just over 4,000m. The IceCap also feeds dozens of glaciers, many of which are accessible by boat or a multi-day trek. Here you can experience Patagonia's glaciers in absolute peace and solitude.
Expeditions onto the Ice Cap run in the summer months, and for those wanting to develop their mountaineering skills there's a 5 week mountaineering course based on the IceCap itself.
Located in the Chacabuco Valley in the Aysen region of Chile, Patagonia Park protects an abundance of Patagonian Steppe grasslands, peaks and wildlife. Originally Chacabuco Valley was one of the largest sheep ranches in the region, now, nearly 200,000 acres of land are protected. There are many ways to explore the Patagonia Park, with options for day hikes, overnight hikes, bird watching, mountain biking, fishing and kayaking.
Reserva Cerro Castillo
Located south of Coyhaique, this National Reserve is found in the Aysen Region of Chile, and offers arguably some of the best hiking in the region.
Whilst exploring the reserve you can enjoy some wonderful wild landscapes, where nature truly is preserved; on any of the trails through the park you will be taken through farms and forests, discovering lakes and glaciers, all the while surrounded by the striking mountains.
Queulat National Park
The Queulat National Park is located in the Aysen Region of Patagonia, and offers over 1500 km2 of wonderful scenery, landscapes and wildlife. Among the parks many natural attractions is the Ventisquero Colgante (Hanging Glacier). There are vast trekking opportunities in the park, to discover the Forests, Waterfalls, Glaciers and Fjords.
Where to Stay in Aysen
Aysen offers a variety of charming lodges, all set in beautiful scenery with some spectacular views. With lodges throughout the region there are plenty of places to base yourself during your stay, or to stop of on your road trip. Many of these lodges also offer daily excursions including hiking, kayaking, fishing and horse riding.
Getting to Aysen
There are two airports in the region with regular flights from Santiago. Puerto Montt (PMT) in the north and Balmaceda (BBA) in the middle. You can hire cars in each of these cities and it is by far the best way to get around, but given the remoteness and terrain it is expensive, especially so if you want to drop-off somewhere else.
There are a few ferries that can take you from Puerto Montt into the small ports along the pacific coastline. The journey itself can be fascinating with good visibility, but sadly the climatic conditions mean that is a rare occurrence.
By Bike or Foot
For the most intrepid it's possible to enter Aysen from the south from El Chalten, crossing the Argentine border. There's no road through this area and it relies on not one, but two, boat crossings. It's a wonderful route and feels very exciting to cross this hidden frontier.
Border crossings with Argentina: if you are journeying down the Ruta 40 then you can cross into Aysen at various mountain passes.
Carretera Austral Self-Drive Adventure
An action-packed week in Patagonia’s pioneer country, Aysen. This isn't just a drive along one of the world's most beautiful roads; you'll hike on the steppe, ride with gauchos in the mountains, snorkel in pristine river waters, hear the wind…
Getting to El Calafate from Caleta Tortel
This is so much more than just a border crossing. After sailing through the turquoise blue of Lago O'Higgins (the deepest lake in South America) you will enjoy an easy trek in remote and untouched forest, surrounded by native Lenga…
Map of Key Landmarks in Aysen
Group Tours of Patagonia
Group tours range from luxury to rugged, overland trips. They are typically for 2-3 weeks and explore all the main sites.
Great for solo travellers and those on a budget, group tours come packaged with fixed itineraries, dates, and prices, making them easy to plan around. Group sizes tend to be around 15 travellers at most and you'll really get to know each other as you make your way across Patagonia together.