FAQs for Your Aysén Adventure: Everything You Need to Know

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What is the best time to visit Aysén?

In our opinion, November and December are excellent months, as they correspond to spring with pleasant temperatures and blooming Patagonia. April and May are autumn months, offering an authentic festival of colors. During the summer, between January and March, you'll enjoy warmer temperatures, perfect for those who prefer to avoid the cold. However, summer is the peak season when the region is most visited, as most Chileans are on vacation. In winter, although not the busiest season, Aysén has its unique charm, allowing you to experience snow-covered Patagonia and engage in winter tourism activities, enjoying the tranquility and scenic beauty of the region.

Which airport should I arrive at to go to the Carretera Austral?

The airport serving the region is called Balmaceda, located an hour away from the capital, Coyhaique. From there, you can travel south or north along the Carretera Austral.

How do I get from Torres del Paine?

There is a local airline that connects Punta Arenas with Balmaceda directly, twice a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays).

What type of clothing should I bring?

Clothing in layers, thin and sporty. Good trekking shoes. Long-sleeved clothing, windproof and waterproof jackets. It is not necessary to bring equipment for outdoor activities included in your trip. We suggest bringing mosquito repellent, sunglasses, hat/cap, sunscreen, and don't forget your medications.

Do I need to bring cash, or is it okay to pay with a card?

It is advisable to carry cash, although there are ATMs in some small towns along the route. Most hotels and restaurants accept credit cards, but having cash is recommended for purchases not included in the program, as well as for local shopping, tips, etc.

Will I have a guide who speaks my language?

You will have the same guide from start to finish who speaks your language. This guide will be your constant companion and will become your friend forever.

What type of vehicles do you use?

We use 4x4 vehicles for groups of 1 to 3 people and minivans for larger groups. Generally, the vehicles are operated by their owners and have a maximum age of 2 to 3 years

Are there health services in case of an emergency?

Of course, the city of Coyhaique has a large and modern hospital. In rural areas, there are health posts with general practitioners. In case of emergencies in remote areas, the region has a private helicopter transfer service to the city of Coyhaique.

Is it worth staying in Santiago? How many days?

Yes, we recommend staying in Santiago for two or three nights when you arrive in Chile to explore the city and its surroundings. Santiago offers a unique landscape and a rich history that you can enjoy during your visit. Additionally, you can spend the day visiting the beach, tasting internationally acclaimed wines in nearby valleys, or, if you visit in winter, exploring a ski center near the capital city.

If I have any issues during my trip, how do I contact you?

As Aysén Journeys, we will always be supporting your journey every step of the way. It will be Paula, our founder, who will personally address any needs that may arise during your trip.