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Cycle Tour Chile: Southern Austral Road
Discover the breathtaking beauty of the southern end of the legendary Carretera Austral on this 10-day guided tour. Riding from the city of Coyhaique to Caleta Tortel you'll explore this stunning region reaching into the depths of Patagonia. At the end of the tour, you will be transported back to Coyhaique for your onward travel.
- TypeFully Guided
- Duration10 days
- Culture LevelAdventurous
- Skill Level3 - Intermediate
- Activity Level4 - Challenging
- Elevation3 - Intermediate
- Distance284 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance40.4 miles
From the City of Coyhaique you will start the most southern bicycle section of Route 7, the Carretera Austral, in the middle of a landscape of mountains, Patagonian steppe, ice fields and great possibilities of adverse weather conditions. You will cross the Cerro Castillo National Reserve, and cycle beside the turquoise colors of the General Carrera Lake in the town of Puerto Tranquilo.
You will sail in the middle of the Marble Cathedrals, and will be surprised with the power of the Backer River on a rafting activity in Puerto Bertrand. You will enter the unique landscape of Patagonia between the city of Cochrane and the Ñadis sector, to finish the tour in the village of the Caleta Tortel footbridges, where you will then be transferred back to the city of Coyhaique to conclude the tour.
The trip is classified as having a high difficulty, covering an average of 60 km (37 mi) per day. The Carretera Austral, at this point, consists of approximately 443 km (275 mi) gravel and 120 km (74.5 mi) pavement. Previous experience in recreational or professional cycling sports is essential to get the most out of this trip as is being in good physical condition with training prior to the trip.
Do not miss out on this great personal experience, an opportunity to travel sustainably and contribute to local rural communities on the famed Carretera Austral.
*Note that this tour can be joined with the Northern Carretera Austral Tour to make one epic journey.
**Also note that this trip can be extended, subject to availability, to ride all the way to Villa O'Higgins.