The Carretera Austral: Patagonia's Best Road Trip

Chile is stunning. And the best place? Patagonia’s Carretera Austral. Its diverse natural beauty and welcoming culture saw me falling head over my walking boots in love.

Here, you'll find unlimited camping and trekking chances, distant and unspoilt wildlife, and Patagonia's.

Why I love Chilean Patagonia’s Carretera Austral

The Carretera Austral refers to the 1,240-kilometre road that runs through the northern stretch of Chilean Patagonia.

What, and where is the Carretera Austral?

It’s partly because of its poor state that the Carretera Austral has reached such elevated status in travellers’ imaginations.

And why is it so famous?

In the north: Aeropuerto Internaciónal El Tepual, the airport just outside of Puerto Montt, has some of the cheapest car rentals I’ve found in Chile.

Where to hire a rental car in Patagonia

In the south: The cheapest place to pick up a rental vehicle is in Punta Arenas, although there are also rental companies in Puerto Natales.

I would therefore recommend visiting either in November or March/April for reduced tourist numbers and still mostly good weather.

When is the best time to visit the Carretera Austral?

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