Road Trip Carretera Austral: Queulat Discovery

An action-packed journey, you'll spend two whole days in Queulat National Park whilst staying at a lovely lodge with a range of excursions to enjoy. You'll also go horse-riding in the mountains and visit the Marble Cathedral. All this whilst driving along the magical Carretera Austral and all accommodation organised for you.

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Road Trip Carretera Austral: Queulat Discovery - 9 - $2,308

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Follow the Simpson River into the Andes and make your way to Queulat National Park
  • Choose from a range of exciting excursions in the Park for two days
  • Journey back to Coyhaique
  • Horseback discovery of mountains around Coyhaique
  • Follow the Rio Ibanez back into the Andes and through to Puerto Bertrand
  • Free day to enjoy Puerto Bertrand
  • Visit the Catedral de Marmol (Marble Cathedral) on Lago General Carrera
  • Journey back to Balmaceda

Start from Balmaceda Airport and end at Balmaceda Airport

Landmarks visited on Road Trip Carretera Austral: Queulat Discovery

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1   Balmaceda - Coyhaique - Parque Nacional Queulat

Arrival to Balmaceda airport preferably on the first flight of the day in order to have more time for the ride to the Queulat National Park.  First ride to Coyhaique where passengers can have lunch and a short city tour, then drive along the Simpson River crossing the Austral Andes range.  Later the road continues toward the north among rugged mountains and along the Ma?ihuales river; after driving by the Las Torres Lake the road runs along the Cisnes river to finally enter the Queulat National Park.  After crossing the Queulat pass the road descends toward the sea and runs along the Queulat Fjord.

Dinner.   Journey time:  4.5 hours / 257 km paved and gravelled road.   Accommodation:  Fiordo Queulat Ecolodge.

Days 2 & 3   Queulat National Park

Passengers can choose 2 half day excursions from what the lodge offers - except fishing for which there is an additional fee.  The other day is free for you to spend as you wish.

Breakfast and dinner + one lunch on either day 2 or 3.   Accommodation:  Fiordo Queulat Lodge

Day 4   Queulat National Park - Coyhaique

Drive back to Coyhaique

Breakfast.   Journey time:  3.5 hours / 202 km paved and gravelled road.   Accommodation:  Lodging in Coyhaique

Day 5   Coyhaique

Horseback ride in the mountains close to Coyhaique.

The ride begins at the Campo Ecuestre, a few miles from Coyhaique. The ride is between lenga and ?ire forests along the Divisadero Range with beautiful views toward the valley. The Divisadero runs west - east south of Coyhaique. Country lunch at Campo Ecuestre.

Breakfast and country lunch.   Accommodation:  Lodging in Coyhaique

Day 6   Coyhaique - Puerto Bertrand

Departure toward the south - the road first crosses the beautiful Castillo Mountain Range to then continue along the Iba?ez 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.

Breakfast.   Journey time:  5 hours / 291 km paved and gravelled road.   Accommodation:  Lodging in Puerto Bertrand.

Day 7   Puerto Bertrand

Free day to enjoy one of the many excursions offered in the area such as horseback ride, hikes, rafting, navigation on lake or river.... Excursions can be booked at the hotel.

Breakfast.   Accommodation:  Lodging in Puerto Bertrand.  

Day 8   Puerto Bertrand - Puerto Tranquilo

Drive back to the north until Puerto Tranquilo.  Excursion to Capilla de M?rmol (Marble Chapel).

Breakfast.   Journey time:  1.5 hours / 68 km gravelled road.   Accommodation:  Lodging in Puerto Tranquilo.

Day 9   Puerto Tranquilo - Balmaceda

Drive to Balmaceda for flight back.

Journey time:  4 hours / 188 km paved and gravelled road

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $2,308 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:

Price is 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.


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


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

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