Independent Tourism

Independent Tourism

If you are one of those people who prefer to call themselves travelers rather than tourists,
who like to travel without haste, you value do independently to not miss any details of a place,
and you are looking for memorable and unique experiences , and then this section of our site is for you.

Explore the undiscovered landscapes of the Ardillas Route

This 45 km country road connecting Villa Cerro Castillo and Puerto Ingeniero Ibáñez, is one of the best kept secrets of the Chelenko Area. Grab your camera and a fishing pole and head to the beautiful landscapes of the Ardillas Route for a great 1/2 day of car or bike touring.

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Señora Tati's secret remedy: Farm-raised chicken and polenta cazuela

Señora Oclidia Sandoval (Tati), a settler and artisan of the Claro Las Ardillas Sector, shares her secret Cazuela recipe that combines savory, farm-raised chicken, polenta, and delicious ingredients from her garden. The result? A hearty, flavorful soup capable of curing whatever ails you and filling you with wholesome energy, even on the coldest of Patagonia's days.

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In El Maitenal, there's enough rock for everyone!

Rock climbing in Patagonia is a treat for anyone who enjoys this sport, one of the most intimate ways to connect with nature. And at the end of the day, get ready to enjoy a cold, home-brewed beer, a Patagonian asado and great conversation amongst other climbers once you?ve completed your day of climbing.

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Play in the mud with the Artisans of Puerto Ibáñez!

The village of Puerto Ingeniero Ibañéz is renowned for its talented artisans who hold the secrets to working with clay from the Levicán Peninsula, leather from local goat hides, and the ancient Tehuelche symbols that decorate their valleys. Keep your memories of this area alive by choosing your own piece of pottery or, better yet, join them in creating your own work of art.

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Search the shores of Chelenko for delicious picnic treasures

In your journey through the region of Aysén, you'll encounter a part of the world that has not yet been discovered by the fast food chains. Here there is a much better option, thanks to the fertile lands and micro climates of Puerto Ibáñez and Chile Chico, which yield spectacular fruits, vegetables and herbs, perfect for a gourmet picnic to accompany your adventures.

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Clear your memory card for the drive through Paso de las Llaves

General Carrera Lake, known as "Chelenko" by the Tehuelches, is the star of this scenic drive between Chile Chico and Puerto Guadal. It's a dizzying journey filled with steep cliffs and tight 90° turns, but you"ll be amply rewarded for your bravery with unbelievable panoramic views of the lake around every corner. Ready to explore?

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Horse trek amongst the vibrant fall colors in Mallín Grande

Autumn is the best time to surround yourself in the intense colors of Aysen?s lenga and ñirre forests. It's also the time when Patagonia's gauchos venture up into the high valleys to round up their herds and lead them to lower pastures in anticipation of winter. This two-day horse trek will immerse you in fall beauty and bring you face to face with hard working gauchos in the sector of Mallín Grande.

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In the wake of a giant between Cerro Castillo and Murta

Everyone who travels south along the Carretera Austral in the Aysén Region relishes the breathtaking scenery between Villa Cerro Castillo and Bahía Murta, but there are few capable of recognizing the traces left from the "not so gentle" giant that has attacked this area on various occasions and even now, could awake from its sleep at any moment.

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Visit Cerro Huemules, home of the world?s most southern deer

Formerly, the habitat of the huemul extended throughout much of the Southern Cone; north to Mendoza, Argentina, and south, to the Strait of Magellan. Today only a few thousand of these deer remain, most residing in the Patagonian Andes.

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Unleash your creativity at Mi Taller Che, in Villa Ortega

There is a growing local permaculture movement afoot in the tiny town of Villa Ortega, an hour outside of Coyhaique. If you'd like to know more about their sustainable development efforts, visit Mi Taller Che, a local artisan workshop, on a Thursday afternoon during your trip. You'll be able to spend a few hours with the artists of the village, visit local forests to collect the natural materials used in their special artistry and then join them in making your own, unique souvenir.

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Balmaceda is sure to (almost) blow you away!

The regional airport is located just steps away from the small border town of Balmaceda. Yes, it is tiny, but its history is gigantic. Instead of spending hours waiting at the airport, leverage your last few minutes being ?blown away? by the fresh Patagonian breezes and one of the oldest settlements in the region.

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Explore the arts in Coyhaique, inspired by the beauty of Patagonia

If you are a fan of music, painting, literature, theater, and the rest of the arts, Coyhaique is sure to capture your curiosity and your heart!

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