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Highlights of Aysén

Base yourself in a stunning ecolodge in the Aysén region as you explore the heart of Patagonia on this action-packed roadtrip adventure. Kayak to marble caves, trek to a glacier on the Northern Icefield, raft on the River Baker and horse ride through forests – just some of the highlights awaiting you on this driving tour along the famous Carretera Austral.

Are you hoping to travel before March 2023?

Patagonia's a big trip and we know how crucial it is to get it right. As you’re considering travelling in the next couple of months, we want to be upfront with you…

Finding available accommodation is proving almost impossible in Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks. While not uncommon, the pandemic has exacerbated the situation this year.

Alongside this, Swoop are also currently focused on ensuring that all of the logistics are in place for our booked travellers who are due to head south shortly.

Swoop has therefore decided to no longer accept any new bookings departing before the beginning of March 2023.

As alternative options, here’s what we suggest:

Option A:

Push your trip back and choose to travel instead in early 2023. April onwards has more accommodation options still available. The Patagonian autumnal colours are stunning and trails less crowded.

Option B:

Defer your Patagonia adventure by 12 months, benefitting by getting exactly the trip you want without compromise, and lock in plans now while there’s still good availability.

If you are able to be flexible on your travel dates, the next step would then be for us to arrange a time to talk through the options.

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Trip type

Property Based

Trip length

5 Days





Highlights of Aysén - 5 - $2,838

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

Day 1: Drive Balmaceda Airport to Mallín Colorado; Kayak the marble caves; Mallín Colorado Lodge

Day 2: Drive to Glacier Exploradores and hike over the glacier; Mallín Colorado Lodge

Day 3: Rafting on the River Baker; Mallín Colorado Lodge

Day 4: Horse riding at Mallín Colorado; Mallín Colorado Lodge

Day 5: Drive to Balmaceda Airport

Start from Balmaceda Airport and end at Balmaceda Airport

Landmarks visited on Highlights of Aysén

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Drive Balmaceda Airport to Mallín Colorado; Kayak the marble caves; Mallín Colorado Lodge

After your arrival at Balmaceda Airport, you'll start your roadtrip through Patagonia, driving yourself through valleys and forests and past rivers and mountains. Moving onto a thinner, unpaved road, surrounded by wild lupins in springtime (Nov/Dec) you'll arrive at Lake General Carrera. This vast mass of turquoise-coloured water forms the second largest lake in South America (after lake Titicaca).

Stop at the village of Puerto Tranquilo for a kayak excursion to the stunning marble caves. From here drive to Mallín Colorado where you'll find the Mallín Colorado Ecolodge for dinner and a good night's sleep.

Journey: 4hrs, 240km

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Mallín Colorado Ecolodge

Day 2: Drive to Glacier Exploradores and hike over the glacier; Mallín Colorado Lodge

After breakfast at the lodge, drive for 2hrs drive along the most pristine road to the Northern Icefields. From here you'll begin the trek to Glacier Exploradores . After viewing the glacier from a distance, there will be the chance to walk on the ice plateau, into several caves, and over low ice hills during the 3hr hike. This is truly an incredible experience – you'll be surrounded by pure white ice and transported to a different world.

You'll return to Mallín Colorado Lodge at about 5pm for dinner and a relaxing evening.

Journey: 2hrs drive each way, plus 3hr hike

Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Accommodation: Mallín Colorado Ecolodge

Day 3: Rafting on the River Baker; Mallín Colorado Lodge

Today you'll drive south along the famous Carretera Austral to the end of Lake General Carrera and get to know the River Baker. Your rafting adventure will begin on the shore of Lake Bertrand with a breath-taking backdrop.

You'll return to Mallín Colorado Lodge at around 2pm for lunch (optional). You will then have a free afternoon to rest and recover before dinner.

Journey: 30mins, 30km

Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Accommodation: Mallín Colorado Ecolodge

Day 4: Horse riding at Mallín Colorado; Mallín Colorado Lodge

After breakfast in the main lodge you can enjoy an excursion, either walking or horse riding, around Mallín Colorado. Pass through native forests of coigüe and lenga trees, with beautiful views to the glaciers of Cordón Contreras, Lake Bertrand and Lake General Carrera.

In the afternoon you'll have free time – perfect for enjoying the 3km of pathways around Mallín Colorado Lodge, or just to relax and enjoy the sumptuous views. 

Meals: Breakfast, dinner 

Accommodation: Mallín Colorado Ecolodge

Day 5: Drive to Balmaceda Airport

After breakfast, drive to Balmaceda Airport for your onward flight.

Meals: Breakfast

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

This trip is USD $2,838 per person for a four-person group sharing one car.


Private guided tours are available for USD $3,553 per person for a two-person group.


A departure can be set up on a date of your choice. Please get in touch for more details.


  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 dinners
  • Accommodation: 4 nights at Mallín Colorado Ecolodge
  • Ground transportation in Aysen
  • Horse riding/hike at Mallín Colorado Ecolodge
  • Marble caves kayak excursion
  • Rafting on the River Baker 
  • Ice hike over Glacier Exploradores


  • Meals not included in itinerary
  • Drinks during lunch or dinner
  • Any extra/optional excursions
  • Personal equipment (see our recommended kit list)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gratuities/tips
  • International and domestic/in-country flights
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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