Few places conjure up the images of soaring glacial topped peaks covered in dense temperate rainforest rising from the depths of the ocean as do the Patagonian fjords. It is a sparsely populated area boasting 4,000 year-old Alerce trees, 6.5 meters/20 feet of annual rainfall, and steep walled fjords that rise over 1,500 meters/4,800 feet straight from the cold blue Pacific waters.
This region was partially opened starting in the late 1970s by the construction of the Carretera Austral, or Southern Highway. Thanks to US conversationalist and visionary Douglas Tompkins, Pumalín Park was later created and the region began to garner international fame as an adventure tourism destination. Shortly after Tompkins’ passing, his widow Kris has since donated Pumalín and two other stunning national parks back to the Chilean government; the plan is to integrate this land into a new Route of Parks. This Route will include 17 national parks, covering an area the size of Switzerland.
Year round ferry service allows visitors to enjoy the stunning beauty as a self-drive option.
This self-drive adventure can be done in 5 days, or extended to the amount of days you’d like.