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
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.
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.
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
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- Meals not indicated in itinerary
- Personal expenses and equipment
- Travel insurance
- Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses