The journey we are about to describe takes us onto an amazing 30 hour boat ride from Puerto Chacabuco and the beautiful island of Chiloe. It involves Chilean fjords, marine mammals and a scary knife attack… If this spoiler has gotten you interested, keep reading!
Arriving into to Rio Tranquilo from Los Antigos, we made the choice to travel the Carretera Austral north.This way, our route would pass through the towns of Villa Cerro Castillo, known as the base camp of an alternative hike to Torres del Paine, and Coyhaique, the biggest city in the area. From here we would then take a ferry to the island of Chiloe. Therefore, this meant leaving behind Pumalin and Chalten. If you want to know more about each of these places and the route we took, continue reading.
Patagonia is filled with awe-inspiring landscapes. Spend time here and every lake, mountain or village will have something to make you stop in your tracks. In this region, one of the most incredible areas we saw was certainly the Marble Caves of Puerto Rio Tranquilo.
The caves, slowly carved by nature over more than 6000 years are a myriad of colours. This unique geological formation cannot be accessed by land. Instead, there are options to board a small boat or rent kayaks. With 7 others, whom we had the fortune of sharing a smokey wood fire cabin for two nights, we rented a boat as it was too windy to brave the waves of the lake by kayak.