Why travel the Carretera Austral?

There are many reasons to explore the Southern Highway.  Here are some of our favourites:

  • Road Trips - Road trips along the Carretera are quite simply the way to travel through Chilean Patagonia...
  • Hiking - The Carretera passes some fantastic hiking routes, many of them well-kept secrets
  • Fishing - The Baker and Palena Rivers are world-famous for the plentiful fishing opportunities
  • Photography - Here at Swoop we're forever blown away by returning customers and the memories that they've captured with their cameras
  • Mountaineering and Ice Cap Expeditions - The Patagonian ice cap is the third largest in the world and home to world-famous glaciers and tremendous peaks
  • Canoeing, Kayaking, and White-Water Rafting: discover more about adventure activities along the Carretera Austral over on our blog.

Harriet says

Carretera Austral: Your Questions Answered

  • When to go?

    The best times to go are around the summer period (approx. October through March).  This is when the days are longest and temperatures are highest.  This is of particular importance the further south you are looking to go along the Carretera - southern Patagonian is the southernmost point before Antarctica, after all.  Keep in mind, though, that just because it's summer doesn't mean it won't rain - owing to the mountainous terrain and the proximity to the Pacific Ocean, the weather can be very changeable throughout much of Patagonia.

  • What to take?

    What you'll need to take depends in large part on what you are planning to do - clearly, the requirements for a 2-week fishing trip will be very different from an action-packed multi-activity adventure.  Get in touch with the sort of adventure you're looking for and we'll be able to give you a much more comprehensive idea of what you'll need.

    Check out our general kit list that covers the most important things that almost everybody needs to know about and what you should bring on a trip to Patagonia.

Trips along the Carretera Austral

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Whatever your budget, group size, length of stay, preferred activity or appetite for adventure, we can help.