Overview & Highlights
Chile’s fractured, mountainous coastline meant the mid-south remaining a sparsely populated wilderness, as are the wind-buffeted steppes across the border in Argentina. But now the adventurous can explore this region on our group tour..
There are surely few areas of Latin America of such outstanding natural beauty, yet, owing to its remoteness, Aisén in Chilean Patagonia is relatively unvisited. Lying between the justifiably popular volcanic lake district to the north and the windswept granite peaks and glaciers of Torres del Paine to the south, this remarkable region reveals a wilderness of cool rainforest, glaciers, and sweeping vistas across stunning mountain peaks.
Not all that long ago, finding comfortable transport and accommodation in the region was a challenge. Now, as the area opens up with new roads and begins to develop its tourism potential, a number of reasonable and good hotels and lodges have been established.
A sense of adventure is vital, as is an understanding of the nature of journeys which explore remote areas.
- Buenos Aires: City tour
- La Trochita train journey or Los Alerces National Park, Esquel
- Queulat National Park and glacier
- Puerto Rio Tranquilo: Glacier Exploradores and boat trip to Capillas de Marmol
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UK clients fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina, arriving the following morning.
Day at leisure to rest, explore or take an optional excursion.
City tour of Buenos Aires.
Fly to Esquel in Argentine Patagonia.
Board the Old Patagonian Express or visit Los Alerces National Park.
Cross into Chile to Futaleufú. Walking or white-water rafting.
Drive down the Carretera Austral to Puerto Puyuhuapi. Visit the Queulat National Park.
Travel on down 'the southern highway' to Coyhaique.
Venture further south through glacial valleys and across Lago General Carrera to stay on the shores of the lake.
Day at leisure to relax, stroll along the lake shore or nearby rivers or fish, kayak or raft.
Continue north to Puerto Rio Tranquilo on the shores of a glacial lake.
View Exploradores glacier and visit the Capillas de Marmol by boat.
Return north to Balmaceda and fly to Santiago.
Optional visit to a vineyard or the port city Valparaíso.
Depart for international flight or extension.
UK clients arrive home the following day.
Things to do
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If there's somewhere you particularly want to go that isn't included in this tour, we can add on an extension to take you there.
What our clients say
Every day was memorable for some reason - the reason for being there was to see Aisen - so the cities perhaps less memorable - but our tour leader made these interesting for us with visits to Tigre and Valpariso Advice for future travellers would be to venture into the undiscovered and be prepared to enjoy the majestic, varied, beauty of Aisen. A great trip made into a superb trip by the participation, laughter and respect of all involved!CR, Isle of Mull
All of it! Aisen is visually stunning and unforgettable. The whole thing was a great adventure we will never forget and we loved the cities as well.TO, Loughton
The fact that we were blessed with exceptionally good weather meant that we could make the most of every day, to the full, bar one day on Lago General Carrera. Patagonia is so beautiful - and it would have been so different if the weather had been poor or the tour leader/driver hadn't been so good. We feel very lucky to have had it all!RD, Amersham
Most memorable moment was sailing down the Baker River and then ziplining over it! Gonzalo our driver was one of the best, acting not only as a driver but also as a friend. The tour leader, is one of the best tour leaders I have encountered through my travels with various companies.AF, Enniskillen
It was better than my wildest expectations, especially as value for money is very important for me and I saved 4 yrs for this trip it was worth every penny £ and $.JS, Malvern
'Untouched Aisen' is a tour which describes exactly what it is - a trip off the beaten track, away from people and exploring a truly wild and beautiful part of the world. It was my first visit to South America and a really memorable one.
Most memorable?? - Too many to mention, just Aisen itself really.JH, Swindon
Our expert's view
David Nichols - Product & Marketing
With an affinity for the wild, wide open spaces of South America's far reaches, David has been with us since the early 90s and bolsters our Product department with his exceptional ground knowledge.
For me, Aisen is Patagonia at its best for off-the-beaten-track-travel. This magnificent region is still largely off the radar for visitors. And with little in the way of infrastructure, exploring it as part of a group can make a lot of sense.
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Sophie Barber - Travel Expert
Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia and beyond to Antarctica.
Juliet Ellwood - Travel Expert
After graduating with a degree in Anthropology and History and having been fascinated by Latin America since childhood by the book featuring photos of Nazca, Juliet first visited the region in 2003. Since then, Juliet has visited the majority of countries in Latin America but has particularly extensive experience with Peru, a country she loves for many reasons but not least, its incredible archaeological richness and delicious food!
Lina Fuller - Travel Expert
Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.
Carrie Gallagher - Travel Expert
A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours department.
Chris Rendell-Dunn - Travel Expert
Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours sales team.
Sally Dodge - Travel Expert
A former Journey Latin America tour leader, Sally spent 7 years working, travelling and living throughout Latin America before returning to the UK to help people arrange their own adventures to this wonderful destination.