Delve into the heart of Chilean Patagonia by the new Route of Parks of Patagonia (Ruta de los Parques de la Patagonia) on this 13-day hosted overland tour. Beginning in the country's largest lake, with a view of Patagonia's tallest peak, we will navigate into marble caves, hike into Chile's newest National Park, traverse Glacier Sound into the rain forest, cross the fjord closest to the equator, and be witness to some of Chile's most impressive volcanoes. Then we fly down to immerse ourselves in Chile's premier national park: Torres del Paine. Patagonia is on many travelers' bucket lists, and with more than 13 years of experience on the road, we know where to take you.
Morning flight LATAM 275 departs Santiago 7:45 am arrives Balmaceda 10:00 am (you will need to be at the airport at least 2 hours early during high season). Greeting at airport by Wangulen Team. We begin our Chilean Patagonia Overland Odyssey by heading south through the Simpson Valley and Cerro Castillo National Reserve, making a stop at Devil's Pass to see the Ibanez river valley with Cerro Castillo (2,675 meters) and Cerro Campana (2,194 meters). We make a stop in the small town of Cerro Castillo for lunch, then, as the paved road ends, we drive along the Ibanez river and into a valley that became a river of flowing lava after the 1991 eruption of the Hudson Volcano, leaving behind a “Rio de la Muerte” (River of the Dead), a riverbed of scorched tree trunks as a reminder of nature’s power. The entire area was covered in up to a meter of ash. We then continue to the western shores of General Carrera Lake, the largest in Chile, and the second largest in South America, making stops for photos. Then we drive south along the glacier-blue waters of the Baker River. This river has the largest discharge in Chile and is famous for fly-fishing. We will leave the Carretera Austral and turn into the Chacabuco Valley. This used to be the largest sheep ranch in the region and was bought by Douglas Tompkins to preserve one of the most remote and rare lands in Patagonia, hardly seen by other travelers, even Chileans. This unique piece of land supports an amazing quality and diversity of wildlife. We will check into our lodge and have dinner.
Driving Distance: 300 km (mostly dirt)