The Southern Coast: Places to Explore


  • Chaitén

    On May 2, 2008, the nearby Chaitén Volcano erupted, forcing the Chilean government to evacuate the nearby town of Chaitén, which was once home to 3,000 people and a growing travel destination in...

  • Coyhaique

    Ten streets radiate from the central plaza. Horn, one of the most colorful, holds the crafts stands of the Feria Artesanal. Balmaceda connects the central square with the smaller Plaza Prat....

  • Futaleufú

    Near the town of Villa Lucia, Ruta 231 branches east from the Carretera Austral and winds around Lago Yelcho. About 159 km (99 mi) later, not far from the Argentine border, it reaches the tiny...

  • La Junta

    If you're traveling by car or jeep down Carretera Austral, this small town of approximately 1,200 residents is a good place to stop for gas, meals, or resting overnight. The town itself doesn't...

  • Parque Nacional Laguna San Rafael

  • Parque Nacional Queulat

  • Parque Pumalín

  • Puerto Chacabuco and Puerto Aisén

    The drive from Coyhaique to the town of Puerto Aisén and its port, Chacabuco, is beautiful. The mist hangs low over farmland, adding a dripping somnolence to the scenery. Dozens of waterfalls and...

  • Puerto Puyuhuapi

    This mossy fishing village of about 500 residents is one of the oldest along the Carretera Austral. It was founded in 1935 by German immigrants fleeing the economic ravages of post-World War I...


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