Road Trip Carretera Austral: End of the Road

Journey on the magical Carretera all the way to its terminus at Villa O'Higgins. Then enjoy an entire day on its lake, exploring the O'Higgins and Ventisquero glaciers that feed into it. Also visit the mysterious Tortel, a small village built on stilts. All this on a road trip with all accommodation organised for you.

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Road Trip Carretera Austral: End of the Road - 7 - $1,582

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Cross the Castillo mountain range before following the Rio Ibanez into the Andes
  • Follow the Baker River to the Neff Falls; continue through Cochrane to Tortel
  • Boat journey to the 'Isla de los Muertos'
  • Full-day boat trip to see the glaciers around Lago O’Higgins
  • Cross the Mitchell Fjord as you journey back to Puerto Tranquilo
  • Finish the trip in Balmaceda, or continue northwards along the Carretera

Start from Coyhaique and end at Balmaceda Airport

Landmarks visited on Road Trip Carretera Austral: End of the Road

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Coyhaique - Puerto Bertrand

Journey time: 6 hours/291km paved road

Departure toward the south - the road first crosses the beautiful Castillo Mountain Range to then continue along the Ibanez River. From there the road goes deep into the Andes, crossing beautiful passes. At the Joffre Pass it is still possible to see the effects of the eruption of the Hudson Volcano in 1991. After crossing the Murta River, the road begins to border the General Carrera Lake until arriving to Puerto Tranquilo. Continuation toward the south until arriving to Puerto Bertrand.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Lodging close to Puerto Bertrand 

Day 2 Puerto Bertrand - Tortel

Journey time: 4 hours/177km gravelled road

Early departure toward the south. The road runs along the beautiful Baker River, we highly recommend to stop for sightseeing at the Neff falls, where the Neff River flows into the Baker; it is just a short hike and detour. Then drive to Cochrane - it's a good place for having lunch. In the afternoon drive to Tortel.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Lodging in Tortel 

Day 3: Excursion: Navigation to the 'Isla de Los Muertos' (Isle of the Dead)

Free afternoon to visit the cove or do the hike to the Cerro Bandera

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Lodging in Tortel 

Day 4: Journey time: 3 hours/155km gravelled road

Drive back to the Carretera Austral and continuation toward the south In Puerto Yungay, ferry crossing to Rio Bravo on 'Padre Antonio Ronchi' ferry. The crossing lasts approximately 50 minutes. Free service and no reservations required (first come/ first served basis).

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Lodging in Villa O'Higgins 

Day 5: Full day navigation on board of the Quetru boat to visit the O'Higgins glacier.

Departure from Villa O'Higgins to Bahia Bahamondes to board the Quetru boat at 8:30 am Navigation on the O'Higgins lake, visiting the O'Higgins Glacier and the Ventisquero Chico Glacier. Back to Bahia Bahamondes at approximately 7:30 pm.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Lodging close to Villa O'Higgins

Day 6: Mitchell fjord

Journey time: 7 hours/350km gravelled road

Drive back to Cochrane. Crossing of the Mitchell fjord.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Lodging close to Puerto Tranquilo 

Day 7: Departure

Journey time: 3 hours/198km paved and gravelled road

Departure to Balmaceda or continuation to Coyhaique.

Meals: Breakfast

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $1,582 per person for a complete group. If you are looking to join a group or you are a solo traveller we will help to form likeminded groups of travellers. Please let us know your travel plans.

The trip can also run on a private basis to fit around your plans. Departures may be tailored and can be set up on a date of your choice. Please note that there is a higher price for smaller groups. Please enquire for further details.

Please note:

Prices are per person based on a group of 2 people

Departures can be set up for a minimum of 2 people. Please get in touch for details.


  • Car hire
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary
  • Accommodation as indicated in itinerary


  • Flights
  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Personal expenses and equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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