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Aysen, Chile

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Discover the rugged and breathtaking landscape of Aysen, Chile, on this 5-day tour and enjoy your time exploring some of the most remote stretches of Patagonian wilderness while staying in comfortable cabins overlooking Lake General Carrera. Visit the famed Marble Caves by kayak and learn about the formation of these unique cliffside architectural wonders. Ice trek on the impressively large Exploradores glacier, join a rafting tour in the Baker River and explore many trails to the viewpoints of Lake Bertrand and Plomo, or relax lakeside at the Mallin Colorado beach. On this adventure you will experience the highlights of the expansive and remote Aysen region and  and immerse yourself in the heart of Northern Patagonia.
 
Visiting Marble CaveFriends hiking during a trip togetherView of a beautiful glacierTaking in close-up views of glaciersKayaking in General Carrera LakeExploradores GlacierRemote region of AysenAysen, Chile
Highlights
  • Kayak the famous Marble Caves and Cathedrals of Lake General Carrera
  • Hike to Exploradores Glacier & explore immense ice caves
  • Raft down the Baker River surrounded by high mountains & lush vegetation
  • Explore the many trails to the viewpoint of Lake Bertrand
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Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Arrive in Balmaceda | Mallin Colorado Ecolodge

Today, you will arrive at Balmaceda airport from Santiago and set out on a 6-hour drive south along the Carretera Austral to your homebase for the next four nights, the Mallin Colorado Ecolodge. Along the way, you will have opportunities to see the signature glaciated lakes, towering rugged mountain peaks, and dramatic sweeping valleys for which this remote region of Chile is becoming known.  Your stay at the Mallin Colorado is in comfortable cabins overlooking the calypso-blue waters of Lake General Carrera, the second largest in South America after Lake Titicaca, and is the perfect launching point from which you will experience the highlights of this little known region.

Day 2: Puerto Rio Tranquilo | Kayak the Marble Caves

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, meet your guide and head north towards Puerto Tranquilo to Mansa Bay. Your kayaking guide will help you prepare your kayak for your paddle and you will begin your tour of General Carrera Lake to see the famed Marble Caves. Throughout the day, you will learn geological theories about the formation of these unique cliffside caves and archways created along the shores of Lake General Carrera. You will see firsthand how the stone has been eroded by water and strong winds throughout the years as you kayak through the crystal clear waters. Once back on shore, head back to the lodge for a well-earned lunch. Spend this evening unwinding at the lodge, exploring the grounds and soaking in the expansive scenery all around you.

Day 3: Mirador Glaciar Exploradores

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, head south for a 2-hour drive to the edge of the Northern Ice Fields, where your ice trek on the Exploradores Glacier will begin. The remote Northern and Southern Patagonian Ice Fields are the largest icefields remaining on earth, aside from Antarctica and Greenland, and span this region along the Carretera Austral. Your excursion will begin with a  2-hour trek through brush and low growth forest and over boulders to reach the glacier's edge. Once arrived at the glacier, spend the next 3-hours trekking on the ice plateau. Explore the immense ice structures and take in the otherworldly views of the ice field with time to enjoy your lunch before your return journey. After the trek back to the trailhead, return to the lodge to relax and get ready for dinner.

Day 4: Lago Bertrand Hike | Rafting Rio Baker

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning is the perfect time to stretch your legs and enjoy the Mallin Colorado and its many trails to viewpoints such as Lake Bertrand and Plomo. If a lower-paced morning is preferred, stroll to the shore of the lake and take in the panoramic views from the beach over coffee or tea. This afternoon, fill up on a delicious lunch at the Mallin Colorado before heading south for your next adventure. Head South along the Carretera Austral to the Baker River to raft the region's most prominent river. Gear up and tackle the class II- III rapids as you paddle down the river with enough time to float and swim in the icy blue-green waters. Return to the lodge for dinner and a rest.

Day 5: Balmaceda | Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, you will travel back to the Balmaceda airport to connect with your flight. Be sure to consider at least 5 to 6 hours of ground travel to get to the airport. A late afternoon or evening flight back to Santiago is highly recommended.

Accommodations

Mallin Colorado Ecolodge

Mallin Colorado Ecolodge
Mallin Colorado Ecolodge
Mallin Colorado Ecolodge

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  • 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • 4 Nights Accommodations
  • 3 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
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  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)

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The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.
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