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Carretera Austral

Listed under Road Trips in Puerto Montt, Chile.

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The Carretera Austral, or Southern Highway are the other names for Chile's Route 7 which runs 1,240kilometres between Puerto Montt and Villa O'Higgins through some of rural Patagonia's most stunning scenery. It was built to connect the remote communities in this area, and has been gradually growing in length and being paved over the past 20 years, though there are still large unpaved stretches, but just as valuably it allows visitors to get into this beautiful region.

Written by  Nell Anderson.

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The Carretera Austral

The Carretera Austral is an unpaved road stretching south from Puerto Montt to Caleta Yungay. It's possible to travel this road by car, but be careful while driving because the road is often narrow. The Carretera Austral will take you through Chile's small villages, lush rainforests, staggering mountain peaks, and past countless cascading waterfalls. This road trip shows the less travelled sights of Chile and displays many of the country's hidden gems.

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