The region around the Carretera Austral is perfect for nature lovers – and ideal for rent-a-car customers. However, the route should be planned well, since on some sections there are no gas stations and only a few small accommodations. Although the government has recently upgraded much of the Carretera Austral, long stretches remain gravel-surfaced, and the northernmost part is interrupted by three straits that must be crossed by ferry. But there’s plenty of flexibility: for those without the time or inclination to drive the whole route, a tour can be started in Chaitén, Chacabuco or Coyhaique.
The northern half of the Carretera Austral is often rainy, but in the south the weather actually tends to be sunnier and a bit more stable. However, since it is very cold during the winter and the temperatures drop well below zero, the best time to travel is during the Chilean summer.
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