Days 1-2: Departing from Bariloche, located in the heart of Argentina Lakes District, we head south and cross crossing the mighty Futaleufu river into Chiles remote southern region, the Carretera Austral. The Carretera Austral (Southern Road) is a remote, unspoiled region of intense natural beauty and is often referred to as one of South America’s best road trips. Here we have many walks to enjoy such as a hike along the raging Futaleufu River.
Alternatively enjoy horse riding through the valley or for the adventure seekers there are opportunities to raft some of the many rivers in the region including the Grade 5 Futaleufu (optional). Here we stay on a working farm in the Futaleufu valley, situated eight on the edge of the Futaleufu river. Watch condors soaring overhead, relax in the hot tub and try and find the face of the Indian in the steep rock cliff for which the farm is named.
Day 3: We continue along the Carretera Austral until we reach the Chilean fiords. Pass the quaint fishing village of Puyuhuapi until we arrive at the Queulat National Park where you have the opportunity to get up close to a spectacular hanging glacier. This glacier was discovered in 1875 by Captain Enrique Simpson. The glacier was originally 100 meters (328 ft) from the sea shore and is now 7800 m (25584 ft) away. Walk through dense evergreen forest, and cross a raging glacial river before hiking up for great vies of the glacier.
Day 4: Another leisurely day allows us the continue along the Carretera Austral, stopping at various view points and enjoying short hikes to different lakes and waterfalls. We spend the night in Coyahique, the biggest town in the region.
Day 5: We pass back into Argentina and onto the infamous Route 40, paralleling the remarkable Andean mountain range we travel through the vast Patagonian plains stopping overnight at a remote Estancia that still remains a working sheep and horse ranch today.
Day 6: Continuing down Route 40 we will arrive in El Chalten, and the Parque Nacional Los Glaciares where our trip concludes.
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