Just 2 km (1 mile) past the village of Puerto Cárdenas is Puente Ventisquero Yelcho (Glacier Bridge), the beginning of a challenging two-hour hike to Ventisquero Cavi (Hanging Glacier). The trail is clearly marked but Chaitur Excursions (www.chaitur.com) also organizes group treks to the glacier.
Chaitur Excursions. Vermont native Nicolas La Penna is a virtual pioneer in the tourist trade on the Carretera Austral, leading tours and providng transport on the
mostly dirt roads of northern Patagonia for well more than two decades. His office doubles as the Chaitén bus station, making him an especially rich source for tips on the region. Among his destinations in the Chaitén area are Pumalin Park, Futualeufu River, the Yelcho and Michimahuida glaciers, and still smoking Chaitén Volcano. Tour prices start from 30,000 pesos. O´Higgins 67, 5850000. 65/273–1429 or 9/7468–5608. firstname.lastname@example.org. www.chaitur.com.
Carretera Austral, Chaitén, 5850000, Chile