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Gentle Adventure in Aysen

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, 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 - $2,838

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

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

Day 2: San Rafael Glacier Adventure; 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 Gentle Adventure in Aysen

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: San Rafael Glacier Adventure; Mallín Colorado Lodge

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 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

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What our customers think of Gentle Adventure in Aysen

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

Travelled: February 2023

Lisa Maneval - USA


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, 1 lunch, 4 dinners (as per itinerary)
  • 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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