Outside the Park
Cochrane, Aysen is the closest town to Patagonia Park, and lies thirty minutes south on the Carretera Austral road. If you choose to stay outside of the park, Cochrane offers plenty of places to sleep and eat. For more information on Cochrane, please visit the local tourism site: www.cochranepatagonia.cl
North of Cochrane
Puerto Tranquilo is halfway between Coyhaique and Patagonia Park, which makes it an excellent stop for those who wish to take their time to explore the area. This is also an advisable stop if you land in Balmaceda later in the afternoon, as we do not advise driving the Carretera Austral at night.
Recommendation: El Puesto (www.elpuesto.cl) is a family run bed and breakfast in Puerto Tranquilo that runs expeditions to the Marble Caves as well as treks to the glaciers of Laguna San Rafael.
South of Cochrane
This quaint fishing village is conveniently located at the mouth of the Baker River and between the Northern and Southern Patagonian Ice Fields.
Recommendation: The Entre Hielos Lodge Tortel (www.entrehielostortel.cl) is a six-room lodge that offers gourmet meals and hikes to the ice fields.
Located at the end of the Carretera Austral highway, this small town borders Argentina and provides entry to the Southern Patagonian Ice Fields.
Recommendation: We recommend Robinson Crusoe (www.robinsoncrusoe.com) for lodging and excursions.
This is a great option for your stay in Coyhaique. This lively and clean hostel is run by a German couple who speak English and Spanish fluently. The main bus station (where you will pick up the bus to head to the park) is easy to get to from the hostel. It is located on the same street, Lautaro—just walk west down the street until you reach Lautaro 100.
Address: Lautaro 667
Gladys and her husband have run this clean and welcoming hostel since 1994. Glady’s daughter Ema speaks English. The hostel is located a five-minute walk from the central Plaza de Armes Park, near plenty of restaurants and just a ten-minute walk to the Don Carlos bus station. The hostel offers rooms with shared bathrooms, or private rooms.
Address: General Parra Street #65
Phone: +56 (067) 224 5288
Nomades Hotel Boutique
Small, boutique hotel with full amenities. Each room offers views of the Coyhaique River. Guided excursions available.
Address: Avda. Gral. Baquedano 84
Phone: +56 67 223 7777
For a full list of hotels in Coyhaique, please visit: www.recorreaysen.cl
For more information about traveling in Aysen, the people behind the successful Patagonia Sin Represas campaign have put together a site to promote the entrepreneurs of Aysen who believe in sustainable development and who have done their part to fight against the megadams that threatened two local rivers. Please visit www.rutapatagoniasinrepresas.org for suggestions for accommodations, artisans, and activities.