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Explore Aysen and Patagonia National Park

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Southern Chile offers a combination of unique wildlife and spectacular scenery in one of the most isolated regions of South America. On this 7-day tour, explore the Aysen region of Chile and marvel at the Patagonia National Park's stunning natural scenery. Spot unique wildlife as you actively explore the landscape by bike, kayak, horse, and your own two feet. At the end of each day, rejuvenate in your comfortable cabins overlooking Lake General Carrera. Visit the famed Marble Caves by kayak, join a rafting tour in the Baker River, and explore many trails to the viewpoints of Lake Bertrand and Plomo. Experience a guided trek on the magnificent Exploradores glacier. This adventure is an excellent active Chile tour for both beginners and experienced travelers
Woman paddles through the Marble Caves of Lake General Carrera, Aysen, ChileView of a beautiful glacierBeautiful remote region of AysenCerro Castillo SceneryExploradores GlacierVisiting Marble CaveAysen, ChileTaking in close-up views of glaciers
  • 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
  • Marvel at the Patagonian forest's stunning natural scenery
  • Visit the mountains and pristine landscapes of Patgonia National Park
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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

Arrive at Balmaceda airport, meet your guide and set out on the 6-hour drive south along the Carretera Austral to the Mallin Colorado Ecolodge. Along the way, you will see the signature glaciated lakes, towering mountain peaks, and dramatic valleys for which this remote region of Chile is known. You will stay in cozy cabins overlooking the calypso-blue Lake General Carrera, the second largest in South America after Lake Titicaca. 

Day 2: Kayak the Marble Caves

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today you will visit the famed Marble Caves by kayak. After breakfast, head north towards Puerto Tranquilo to Mansa Bay. Your guide will assist you with preparing your kayak and paddling instructions. Once all equipment is set,  paddle your way to the famed Marble Caves, where you can glide through these architectural wonders. Learn geological theories about the formation of these unique cliffside caves created along the shores of Lake General Carrera. See how the stone has been eroded by the movement of water and strong wind throughout the years as you kayak the calypso-blue waters. Once back on shore, the rest of the day is free to explore the trails throughout the Mallin Colorado or relax and enjoy learning more about the Patagonian Gaucho culture in the lodge.

Day 3: Exploradores Glacier Trek

  • 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: Rafting the 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 slower-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.

**Timing of the day may change depending on weather

Day 5: Patagonia National Park

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, you will begin a scenic drive to Puerto Bertrand, stopping along the way to see the confluence of the rivers Baker and Nef, a mystical point where different colors of water meet, and you can feel the power of nature in this extraordinary waterfall. The day continues further south to visit Patagonia Park, a completely different ecosystem combining the Patagonia steppe with mountains and forests, full of guanacos roaming freely inside the park. A visit to the Conservation Museum awaits you in the park headquarters, and then a short trail to the river Chacabuco and its hanging bridge will complete the day. An outdoor picnic lunch will be provided after the activities.​

Day 6: Patagonia National Park

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, start an early drive to Patagonia National Park for a longer hike (around 6 to 7 hours) deep in the national park. Along the way, enjoy expansive views of the Chacabuco Valley, Jeinemeni Valley, and if lucky, a glimpse of the Northern ice field. Be sure to bring a day pack for layers, water and your packed lunch to eat along the trail.  After returning to the headquarters, transfer the one hour back to the Mallin Colorado to wind down your day.

Day 7: Balmaceda | Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, you will travel back to the Balmaceda airport to connect with your return flight home.


Mallin Colorado Ecolodge

Mallin Colorado Ecolodge
Mallin Colorado Ecolodge
Mallin Colorado Ecolodge

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