Okay, this is such an amazing country which got a gorgeous slice off the edge of the continent. There’s so many beautiful parts of Chile, from the Lakes Region to the Lava Flows, to the Andean mountain villages to the Atacama desert but one of the most talked about roads is…the Carretera Austral road.
You can pick from a number of roads in this long country and it will still feel as though you’re driving through an endless postcard. Remember, this is the driest place on the entire planet so load up on Agua but be sure not to bottom out as you will need some high wheel clearance on parts of this exotic road!
While on what to bring:
- extra gas (you’re on your own out here!)
Okay, maybe you’re not entirely on your own.. you may run into some cute (and not so cute) Llamas. Just remember if you’re going to give one a drink, make sure it’s from your water can and not the gas can. Made that mistake once and damn did that little llama fly! Road Runner 2.0 (with fur)
Some of the best stops to do along the way include, in order:
- the hot springs on the Channel
- National Park of Queulat. Here’s a great place to end the day.. go for a hike to the Colgant Glaciar or rent a boat to explore the pristine lake.
- After a few hours driving through the heat, I suggest you stop at Bosque encantado (The Enchanted Forest). A reasonable hike will take you to the lagoon. mmm This is heavenly on a scorching hot and dry day. It’s an ICY pool of glacier water. C’mon, I dare you.. take the plunge!
You’ve now made it over the Carretera Austral road to Coihaique. Here you can unwind before considering if you want to go on another amazing road trip of the Lakes Region, head up to the Atacama desert (my pick!) or over into Argentina (mmm Steak).