Where to stay in Aysen
While tourism is on the rise in Aysen, the region remains relatively untouched which means that places to stay can be few and far between in some of its wilder corners. In spite of this, there are a number of sensational tucked away places, as well as some simple yet comfortable guest houses located at convenient points along the Carretera Austral, perfect for an overnight stop en route. To make things a little simpler in deciding where to stay, we've highlighted four key regions and the accommodation options on offer in each.
Where can I stay in Aysen?
Queulat and Palena
These cosy wooden cabins nestled within Queulat National Park are an ideal base for families or groups of friends who are keen to explore the verdant national park. Cabins range in size, housing from two to five people in each. Walk straight out of the front door onto some wonderful hiking trails, go kayaking or take a trip to visit the hanging glacier. Disconnect and relax completely with no internet, phone signal or television.
Bathe in the natural thermal pools at this secluded lodge perched on the shores of the Puyuhuapi Fjord. Its location makes it the perfect place to stay in order to visit the northern section of Queulat National Park. The scenery doesn't get much more tantalising with the emerald fjord fringed by the deep greens of the temperate rainforest and snow-covered granite peaks rising out of the jungle.
Espacio y Tiempo
A fantastic place to stay in La Junta and certainly worth stopping a few nights for is Espacio y Tiempo mountain lodge. This spacious hotel has nine large, comfy, bright rooms and is surrounded by delightful gardens with the forest extending beyond. Relax in a hammock, sip wine on the terrace or get chatting to like-minded adventurers by the fire in one of their cosy living rooms. The hotel restaurant serves excellent food with local dishes making up the menu.
What our customers think
Aysen was another highlight of our trip. We loved the Enchanted forest and our stay at Fiordo Queulat Eco Lodge.
Mike and Edwina UK February 2017
Hotels in Coyhaique
From large upmarket hotels to small, quirky bed and breakfasts and budget backpackers, Coyhaique has the full range of places to stay. Find what you're looking for on our recommended Coyhaique hotels page.
Estancia Punta del Monte
Estancia Punta del Monte is an Estancia set in the hills above Coyhaique near the Argentine border in Alto Coyhaique. This is a great option if you're looking for a traditional farm stay. Accommodation is basic but comfortable; you stay in the family home with a shared bathroom. As well as enjoying the setting and experiencing the gaucho lifestyle, you can visit a Tehuelche burial site, go horse riding and do some birdwatching.
Los Torreones Lodge
A fisherman's dream, Los Torreones Lodge is the perfect base for fly fishing in the Simpson River with some of the best spots in the world nearby for landing some big fish. It's not all about the fishing, however, with some excellent hiking and horse riding trails - the owners have 20 horses for guests to ride - in the surrounding hills. With only four rooms, the service is extremely personal and you will have a very comfortable stay in this luxury, family-run lodge.
A fantastic option in the sleepy little town of Puerto Aysen, Patagonia Green is made up of unpretentious cabins and en suite rooms surrounded by delightful gardens. An ideal place to stay during a road trip on the Carretera Austral and for visits to the Laguna San Rafael and Queulat Glacier. Puerto Chacabuco, the main port allowing access to these sights, is only a 10-minute drive away. The hotel restaurant serves excellent food and a number of great wines. There's plenty to do here, including horse riding, mountain biking, trekking and fly fishing.
Hospedaje La Casona
After winding your way down the switchbacks heading south on the Carretera Austral from the Cerro Castillo mountain range, you take a left at the first junction to arrive at this simple, homely guesthouse just off the main route. Wonderful mountain views and rolling fields await you at La Casona, run by your friendly host, Mary. Just 10 minutes' drive away in Villa Cerro Castillo you can find a few small shops and restaurants. Make the most of the stunning scenery by following trekking trails, exploring on horseback or just relaxing in this bucolic setting. Perfect for road trippers.
La Casona feels more like a homestay than a guest house. Your host, Mary, is totally charming and has been receiving guests for more than 20 years. Not only does she bake fresh bread daily and serve all her own homemade jam, but she will also happily provide a homemade dinner with prior notice.
Sally Dodge Patagonia Specialist
San Rafael and General Carrera
El Mirador de Guadal
Perched on the shores of Lake General Carrera with views of its turquoise waters, snow-capped mountains and the Northern Ice Field, El Mirador de Guadal is a lodge that will make you never want to leave. Bright, spacious wooden cabins with huge windows, natural, simple decor, wood burners and terraces overlooking the lake are dotted along the lakeside, all with access to the beach. The lodge offers excursions to the Marble Caves, the Exploradores Valley, the Baker River and Patagonia National Park in the Chacabuco Valley.
Terra Luna Lodge
A fabulous, quirky option on the edge of Lake General Carrera, Terra Luna is made up of cabins with a difference. You can stay in cabins of various shapes and sizes, including tree houses and even a wooden boat on the beach. All are spread out over the land and nestled in the trees, adding to the privacy of your stay. Cabins are light and bright and have fantastic views of the lake and mountains. Choose excursions from the lodge's all-inclusive programme, including hiking, biking, boat trips, horse riding, rafting and fly fishing.
Mallín Colorado Ecolodge
Stay in one of Mallin Colorado Ecolodge's rustic cabins in the woods overlooking Lake General Carrera on your trip along the Carretera Austral. There are four smaller cabins accommodating two to six guests and the newly built Casa Lenga for up to twelve people. They're made entirely of native lenga wood, making them extremely cosy, especially once you've lit the wood burner. Each has a private terrace where you can just sit back and soak up the mountain views. It's the ideal base for visiting the Marble Caves, being only 40 minutes by car from the beginning of the excursion. You're also in prime position for exploring the Exploradores Glacier and San Rafael Lagoon. Equally, there are some great hiking trails surrounding the lodge to discover.
Hostería de la Patagonia
On the edge of Chile Chico sits this charming farmhouse, oozing character with historical farming artefacts placed throughout and friendly staff to greet you. Rooms are bright, simple and clean with lovely views of the gardens. Food is homemade and tasty with breakfast included and dinner available upon request. Hostería de la Patagonia is the perfect overnight stop before taking the ferry to Puerto Ibañez, continuing on your journey towards Argentina or joining the Carretera Austral in the other direction. Lago Jeinimeini National Reserve isn't far and is well worth the visit. Don't forget to try the hot tub!
What our customers think
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Sonia Canada November 2017
Cochrane, Caleta Tortel and Villa O'Higgins
Seven exquisitely designed cabins perched atop the banks of the Baker River make up BordeBaker Lodge, surrounded by southern beech forest and connected by wooden walkways. The striking geometric architecture of these self-contained wooden cabins perfectly compliments the natural setting. Listen to the rush of the river and the whip of the wind while relaxing in your warm, spacious bedroom with enormous windows teetering above the water. All have wood burners, generously sized beds and private bathrooms. Enjoy total privacy. Get to know other guests in the communal 'Casona' with floor-to-ceiling windows and spectacular mountain views. Delicious meals are served here and there's space to unwind after a day's hiking, rafting, kayaking, fishing or boat tripping.
Green Baker Lodge
Just three kilometres south of Puerto Bertrand on the banks of the Baker River sits Green Baker Lodge, in amongst the trees. The lodge is a convenient place to stay consisting of a central guesthouse with five cosy bedrooms and seven simple, comfortable cabins accommodating two to seven people in each. Cabins have their own kitchens, bathrooms and wooden decked terraces. Furniture is made from red Rauli wood, native to the area. Try a hot tub on the riverbank or use the zipline to whizz across the river.
Deep in the Patagonia National Park awaits a luxury lodge that was built to impress and feels like an Oxford college set in the middle of Patagonia. This stunning lodge is constructed with quarried stone from the valley. Recycled wood has been dutifully handcrafted to make high ceiling beams, floors, door and window frames and furniture throughout and amazing wood carvings of the local wildlife, every piece polished and a perfect fit. Stay in the lodge for total tranquillity and comfort; a little oasis amongst the swaying grasses with hardly a soul (only six rooms) and views of the guanacos and craggy peaks that are hard to beat.
Hotel Ultimo Paraiso
Ultimo Paraiso is our top hotel choice in Cochrane. A homely place to stay just two blocks from Cochrane's main square, Hotel Ultimo Paraiso is by no means luxurious but has everything you need for a very comfortable stay in this little town. Wooden cladding inside and out give it a real mountain lodge feel. It has seven rooms for up to three people in each and all have modern en suite bathrooms. For breakfast, help yourself to a buffet of cereals, breads, cakes, fruits, cheeses and meats. Close to the Chacabuco Valley, San Lorenzo and San Valentin mountains and the Baker River, there's plenty to do for nature lovers.
Entre Hielos Lodge
Make your way up the wooden stairway that climbs through the trees to Entre Hielos Lodge, a spacious guest house in Caleta Tortel. Look out into native rainforest from your bedroom window and breathe in the jungle. Rooms are warm and relaxing with walls made from Guaitecas Cypress wood. All have comfortable beds with thick down duvets, en suite bathrooms and central heating. You can do a number of excursions from the lodge, including boat rides down the Baker River and visits to nearby glaciers. Dine at the lodge's own restaurant, providing typical Patagonian dishes made with local ingredients.
Robinson Crusoe Lodge
'A return to freedom' is the motto of the lodge, named Robinson Crusoe after the legendary character. A place to escape the burdens of modern life, this elegant, spacious lodge in Villa O'Higgins has the design of a large Patagonian barn with large, open-plan communal areas, light wooden interiors and minimalist furnishings. Its 12 cosy rooms have enormous windows, a terrace to sit out on and take in spectacular mountain scenery and private bathrooms. There's an outdoor hot tub available for use at an extra cost. You can join one of three programmes offered by the lodge: discover new trekking trails, ice hike over secluded glaciers or sail across lakes in this largely undiscovered part of the world.
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