Patagonia has two distinct halves, with northern Patagonia famous for its dense forests and many lakes, rivers, and fjords. Fly-fishing is a big draw and you can test your skills on the Simpson and Baker Rivers, home to some of the world’s best fly-fishing spots. If you have a few days, there are fishing lodges near the Yelcho and General Carrera Lakes for a range of budgets.
Carretera Austral (“the Austral Highway”) is one of the most beautiful routes of the world. Over 750 miles long, the highway runs from Puerto Montt to Villa O´Higgins, passing through impressive natural attractions such as Futaleufú, Cerro Castillo, Lake General Carrera, and the Marble Cathedral. You can explore the route on an organized tour, in a rental car, or even on a bike.
You should also make sure to explore it on foot—trekking through the region’s national parks—as well as raft on its rivers and relax in the hot springs found amidst the fjords and forests. A highlight of the area is a sail through the fjords to the San Rafael Lagoon and its glacier, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, where you will literally hear the earth move as the glacier shifts.
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