Dense forests are interspersed with clear blue glacial lakes. When driving the Carretera Austral, you'll feel void, the nature is overwhelming and it feels like a privilege, that you are part of that. Enjoy this to the fullest!

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The Panamamericana 5 is the highway that runs from Canada all the way to the South of Chile. Near Puerto Montt, the capital of the lake district in Chile, ends this highway. During the Pinochet regime, they did an attempt to build a road further South, through the northern part of Patagonia. The result is the Carretera Austral; a for the most part unpaved road through one of the most rugged and pristine natural areas of Chile! 

Did you know the Carretera Austral is almost always mentioned in the lists of best driving routes in the world?

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