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Aisen & the Carretera Austral Travel Guide


The Carretera Austral, also known as route 7, is every true travellers dream! An almost 800 mile impossible road through Chile’s most isolated wilderness. The mostly dirt and gravel road was constructed in the 1970’s during Pinochet’s dictatorship as a way to connect isolated communities. A hugely ambitious project, the construction took more than 20 years and claimed the lives of 11 people. The Aisen region that the carretera austral runs through is Chile’s least populated region and characterised by impenetrable forests, deep valleys, icy fjords, marble caves, lakes and mountains.

Driving the carretera austral is the ultimate adventure, but you can also base yourself in one of the many remote and comfortable wilderness lodges where you will see few other tourists.

Best months to visit Aisen and the Carretera Austral

Our hand-picked hotels in Aisen and the Carretera Austral

A well thought out selection of hotels can make a good trip truly exceptional and here at The Latin America Travel Company we put a lot of resources into sourcing and visiting hotels. Below are a few of our favourites in Aisen and the Carretera Austral.

Best reasons to visit Aisen and the Carretera Austral

An isolated and sparsely populated are of Chile, the Aisen region on attracts the most intrepid of travellers. Below we have picked out some of our favourite highlights that the area has to offer.

Take a tour of the marble caves at Puerto Rio Tranquilo

Go to the town of Caleta Tortel for wooden streets and stilt houses

Drive along the shore of Lake General Carrera, the biggest in Chile

Drive through the Chacabuco Valley for incredible views

Go further into Argentina to extend the road trip

Weather Averages for Aisen and the Carretera Austral

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