Puerto Chacabuco, Chile

The wild and beautiful Aysén District of Chile lies south of Chiloe and Puerto Montt. Here vertiginous cliffs plumed with waterfalls plunge into immense river valleys against the snowy backdrop of the Southern Andes. Puerto Chacabuco is your gateway to the region's scenic wonders, from the gorges and forests of Río Simpson National Preserve to the fjords and islands composing the coastlines of Northwest Patagonia.

Puerto Chacabuco is a popular gateway for Northwest Patagonia. The port serves as a ferry hub connecting Puerto Montt and the Island of Chiloe.

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Points of Interest

  • Rio Simpson National Reserve
  • Regional Museum of Patagonia
  • Aiken del Sur Private Park
  • Island of the Deer
  • Regional Museum of Natural Resources Rio Simpson
  • Alto Baguales Viewpoint
  • Outdoor Adventures
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  • Rio Simpson National Reserve

    A famed destination for fly fishermen, the preserve boasts scenic whitewater rivers and dense forests. Its Museum of Natural
    Resources focuses on the region's flora and fauna.

  • Regional Museum of Patagonia

    This small museum chronicles the history of Northwest Patagonia with interesting photographs from pioneer days.

  • Aiken del Sur Private Park

    This private preserve boasts a range of Patagonian landscapes including indigenous humid forest, prairies tangled with wild fuschia, swamps, waterfalls and serene Lake Riesco.

  • Island of the Deer

    The island's approximately 741 acres are home to "red deer" - better known to North Americans as elk or wapiti.

  • Regional Museum of Natural Resources Rio Simpson

    A small museum located in the Río Simpson National Reserve.

  • Alto Baguales Viewpoint

    The Alto Baguales offers views of the city of Coyhaique.

  • Outdoor Adventures

    From nature walks, horseback riding along the Rio Simpson to kayaking in Lake Los Palos, there are a number of outdoor activities in and around Chacabuco worth exploring.

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Chacabuco & Río Simpson National Reserve

2.5 hours | Puerto Chacabuco | CH1-200
  • Rio Simpson National Reserve

Get to know Patagonia's Aysén Region with a two-hour and thirty-minute guided tour that begins with a scenic ride to the Rio Simpson National Reserve. Unfolding over 256 square miles, the reserve boasts forests of evergreens native animals such as the fox, puma and the world's smallest deer known as the South American pudú. Upon arrival, you'll visit the museum, which offers a look into the area's natural history. Then, grab your camera and join your guide for a stroll down to the river, acclaimed as one of Chile's favorite fly-fishing spots. Back on the coach you'll continue on to the town of Puerto Aysén. En route, you'll have time for a photo stop at the waterfall the locals call the "Cascade of the Virgin." Back on the coach, sit back and relax as you begin your return journey to your waiting ship.

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AUD$114.95

Island of the Deer Nature Walk

3.5 hours | Puerto Chacabuco | CH1-385
  • Island of the Deer
  • Outdoor Adventures

Go off the beaten path and cruise to Deer Island for a hike through the unspoiled landscape. Your unforgettable three-and-a-half-hour excursion begins with a ride on a motorboat for the island, which sits in the center of the Aisén Fjord. Twenty minutes later, you'll step off onto the dock, meet your friendly and knowledgeable guide and set off on your hike. As you make your way along, you'll learn how Deer Island is the welcoming haven of the elusive and endangered south Andean deer, also known as the American elk. Your hike continues along trails edged with wildflowers, moss and lichen, shaded by towering trees. Once you reach the top, get your cameras ready, the views and shots from here are extraordinary. Photos taken, you'll make your way back down the mountain, across the island and return to shore.

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Strenuous Activity, Shopping Opportunities, Includes snack

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AUD$179.95

Discover Patagonian Nature

3 hours | Puerto Chacabuco | CH1-215
  • Aiken del Sur Private Park

Enjoy an up-close look at the amazing scenery, flora and fauna of the Chilean Patagonia with a three-hour excursion to Aikén del Sur Private Park. Upon arriving, you'll drive to the beginning of the Waterfall Trail where you; lll meet a friendly and informative naturalist guide. Then, you'll set out on a leisurely stroll along the trail, an easy-to-walk path that meanders around groves of trees, moss and lichen, and lush fern and shrubs to the Barba del Viejo waterfall, whose rushing waters are a result of glacier runoff. Nature is the premier attraction but there is also a deep culture to experience, too, so after you make your way back to the coach you'll drive to a nearby restaurant for snacks and refreshments. At the end of your adventure, you'll return to port, no doubt relaxed and with lots of memories to share.

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Moderate Activity, Shopping Opportunities, Includes snack

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AUD$204.95

Coyhaique & Simpson Valley

5.75 hours | Puerto Chacabuco | CH1-205
  • Rio Simpson National Reserve
  • Alto Baguales Viewpoint

Get to know the colorful sights and sounds of Coyhaqiue and the Simpson Valley with a five-hour excursion that begins as soon as you board your coach. First on the itinerary is visit to the Rio Simpson National Reserve. Upon arrival, you'll visit the Regional Museum of Natural Resources for a look into the area's natural history. Then, enjoy a stroll down to the river, acclaimed as one of Chile's favorite fly-fishing spots. Back on the coach, you'll continue your journey to the city of Coyhaique. As the capital of the Aysén region, Coyhaique offers a mélange of modern and traditional architecture, evergreen forests and noted attractions such as the Plaza de Armas, the city's main square. After a tour enjoy shopping at a handicraft market for that special memento of your trip followed by refreshments and light snacks before returning to the pier.

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Moderate Activity, Shopping Opportunities, Includes snack

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AUD$204.95

Lake Los Palos Kayaking

3.5 hours | Puerto Chacabuco | CH1-425
  • Outdoor Adventures

Get out into the great outdoors with a three-and-a-half-hour excursion that takes onto the water and into a forest. After boarding your coach, sit back and relax as it travels through Chile's picturesque Aysén Region to Laguna Los Palos. Once you disembark an accomplished guide will offer a short safety briefing, orientation and lesson in paddling techniques. Then, don your safety jacket, slide into a 2-person kayak and push off into the calm water and make your way to Tabo River. As you paddle along you may see many of the Patagonian birds that make their home here. Cruise up to a nearby island explore the serene woodlands and lush native vegetation. Back in the kayak, you'll continue your journey then stop for a light snack and refreshments. At the end of this fantastic adventure, head paddle back to the starting point and rejoin your coach.

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AUD$229.95

Horseback Riding in Río Simpson

4 hours | Puerto Chacabuco | CH1-430
  • Outdoor Adventures

What can be better than discovering the wild and beautiful Aysén Region just like Chile's earliest pioneers? This delightful four-hour excursion begins with a scenic drive through the stunning countryside and ends at a local horse farm tucked amid the splendor of this astonishing landscape. After you arrive at the farm, you'll be greeted by an experienced instructor/guide who will conduct a brief orientation and demonstration. Then, you'll don your riding gear, mount your horse and set out on a leisurely two-hour ride aat a set pace. At the end of your ride you'll meet back at the farmhouse and meet your hosts and relax by the fireside with a snack and a glass of wine and share tales of your day with the farm's owners. Then, at the end of your adventure you'll board your coach and return to the pier enlightened and charmed by this unforgettable experience.

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Strenuous Activity, Shopping Opportunities, Includes snack

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AUD$249.95