Chile: A compact guide to the Carretera Austral highway

Photo: Abigail Adler

There’s nothing I love more than a good road trip. And on my post-army backpacking trip in South America, one of the many highlights was the Carretera Austral highway in Chile.

For the typical post-army Israeli, this highway is a must on their adventures. Most do it through hitchhiking or renting or car, depending on the travel budget. Only the truly in shape bike the highway, and I’ve only met one fit backpacker who lived to tell the tale.

No matter what form of transportation you choose, there are so many breathtaking views to take in on the Carretera Austral. You’re going to make many random pitstops along the way, but there are a couple of stops that definitely have to be on your list. 

For a more detailed description of the day-to-day Carretera experience, click here

1Chile Chico 

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2Rio Tranquilo Marble Caves

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3Laguna Cerro Castillo 

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4Kayaking on Futaleufu River 

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5Queulat National Park

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