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Gentle Adventure in Aysen

Base yourself in a stunning lodge in the Aysen region as you explore the heart of Patagonia on this action-packed roadtrip adventure. Kayak to marble caves, explore a glacier, 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.

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Trip type

Property Based

Trip length

5 Days





Gentle Adventure in Aysen - 5 Days - $3,430

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

Day 1: Drive Balmaceda Airport to Mallín Colorado; Kayak the Marble Caves

Day 2: San Rafael Glacier Adventure

Day 3: Patagonia National Park

Day 4: Free Day at Mallín Colorado Lodge -  Horseriding or Hiking

Day 5: Drive to Balmaceda Airport

Start from Balmaceda Airport and end at Balmaceda Airport

Landmarks visited on Gentle Adventure in Aysen

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Drive Balmaceda Airport to Mallín Colorado; Kayak the Marble Caves

After you arrive 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 Lodge for dinner and a good night's sleep.

Journey: 4hrs, 240km

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Mallín Colorado Lodge

Day 2: San Rafael Glacier Adventure

The day starts early in the morning with a 2.5hr drive north to Bahía Exploradores. From there you'll take a boat for around 60km travelling through forest and fjord to the secluded San Rafael Lagoon. 

Once here you'll have plenty of time to soak up the fantastic views of the constantly moving San Rafael Glacier and witness the calving of huge chunks of ice. Enjoy a picnic lunch before returning via the same route to Bahía Exploradores. 

You will arrive back at Mallin Colorado in time for your evening meal. 

Meals: Breakfast, lunch (boxed), dinner

Accommodation: Mallín Colorado Lodge

Day 3: Patagonia National Park

After breakfast, you will drive to Patagonia National Park, stopping along the way to see the confluence of the rivers Baker and Nef, where different colours of water meet, and you can feel the power of nature in this extraordinary waterfall.

Arriving in Patagonia National Park you will encounter a completely different landscape: the Patagonia steppe with mountains and forests and you will find innumerable guanacos grazing.

You can visit the Conservation Museum to learn about this incredible rewilding project at the park headquarters, and then take a short hike either on the Aviles trek with its hanging bridge or close to the park headquarters.

Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Accommodation: Mallín Colorado Lodge

Day 4: Free Day at Mallín Colorado Lodge - Horseriding or Hiking

A relaxing day based from Mallin Colorado Lodge. There are some beautiful trails to ride or hike and you can relax on the shores of Lago General Carrera or head to the magnificent Northern Ice Field.

Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Accommodation: Mallín Colorado Lodge

Day 5: Drive to Balmaceda Airport

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

Meals: Breakfast

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What our customers think of Gentle Adventure in Aysen

Gentle Adventure in Aysen trips scored 5/5 from 1 reviews

I enjoyed very much my stay at the beautiful Mallin Colorado Lodge. The accommodation is lovely, and the staff were great

Travelled: March 2024

Hana Vegher - USA

Great lodgings, absolutely wonderful guides, planned activities mostly were well tailored to our wishes.

Travelled: February 2023

Lisa Maneval - USA


Prices, Departures and Inclusions

The price for the trip is from USD $3,430 based on two people sharing a double room and a private driver. 


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  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches (2 outdoors), 4 dinners - full board
  • Accommodation: 4 nights at Mallín Colorado
  • Ground transportation in Aysen
  • Horse riding at Mallín Colorado Lodge
  • Marble caves kayak excursion
  • San Rafael glacier expedition
  • Private bilingual guide


  • 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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