Needless to say that 2020 was a rough year for all travel lovers: stay at home orders and quarantine have put us in a situation unlike anything most of us have ever experienced before.
Say Hueque´s Founder and Director, Rafa Mayer, decided to wrap up 2020 in a different way. Rafa, his wife and his seven and twelve- year-old sons– Tobías and Camilo – embarked on a road trip adventure across Patagonia in order to spend New Year´s Eve surrounded by the most beautiful natural wonders.
The trip began in Bariloche, where they picked up their new home for a couple of weeks: a cozy but modern Motorhome.
Since the objective of the trip was to reconnect with nature, this self-propelled and self-sufficient vehicle seemed to Rafa a great choice for travelling safely and independently , prioritizing their time for exploring remote and uncrowded areas.
They departed from Bariloche headed North, stopped at Traful Lake, where they spent a magical New Year´s Eve dining on the shores of this brilliantly blue lake, under a beautiful starry sky. This is a very quiet area of Patagonia, where you can see pristine lakes surrounded by the Andes almost in complete solitude, and just 100 km away from the town of Bariloche (where the airport is located, with daily flights from Buenos Aires).
After this, the Mayer Family headed back to the south and their next top Villa La Angostura, a small town on the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi, that is surrounded by other lakes and the Andes Mountain Range. This area is heavily influenced by the European immigration at the turn on the century, giving it a Swiss- German feeling. They continued their travels, visiting Mascardi Lake and Manso Valley. Manso valley surprised them with its unique mountain landscapes and its astonishing beauty so they stayed longer and went horseback riding across the valley and rafting along the river. They had a blast!
Days later, they continued their route to Los Alerces National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and parked the motorhome on the shores of Rivadavia Lake. There, they enjoyed trekking in the Alerces woods, beautiful family picnics and watching memorable sunsets while drinking Mate.
As their last – but definitely not least – destination they stopped over at Estancia Peuma Hue, an enchanting hotel and Eco-lodge nestled within the grounds Nahuel Huapi National Park. There, they went kayaking on crystal clear Gutiérrez Lake and horseback riding.
Although the motorhome was comfortable, it was great to stay in a hotel for a couple of nights.
This amazing trip was a great opportunity for Mayer’s family to spend time together and make up for the untraveled time in 2020. The fact that Argentina has opened up to domestic travel, encouraging Argentine citizens to travel around their own country, made it possible to sustain small local economies (in some places that rely on tourism) which have suffered the terrible consequences of last year´s pandemic and lockdowns.
Their Patagonia Road trip was an amazing experience that Rafa´s family will never forget.
If this adventure awake your travel bug, we invite you to check some Family Trips ideas here.
Carretera Austral is a road that spans more than 1200 kilometers and runs south through Southern Chilean Patagonia. It is an unpaved road that helps connect to other roads by ferry and passes through abundant moderate rainforests and skirts fjords.
This road is
heavily surrounded hanging glaciers, lush green valleys, snow capped peaks,
winding glacial rivers and open plains.
In other words,
Carretera Austral is one of the best routes to explore self driving. It begins
where Chile’s Lakes District ends and then leads its way into a land of
snow-tipped mountains, swift flowing rivers and dense forests.
This road, to
date, is Chile’s most challenging road trip. While some parts of it are
properly paved, most of the highway is still full of gravel and dirt so you
will probably be hitting a lot of potholes while you are on the road.
about Carretera Austral, you can’t simply miss out on the fact that some of the
most exciting and thrilling road trips can be made along this road. People
generally say that there is nothing quite like the freedom of an open road
gives you but in the words of most travelers, “There is nothing like the freedom of the Carretera Austral.”
As it follows
the Southern Highway, you get to see the most breathtaking fjords and lakes,
and then it climbs over the magnificent peaks, which in itself is a truly
As you pass by high-end
and secluded fishing lodges, you will encounter the highest and toughest
section of the Carretera Austral. This occurs around the mist-shrouded Parque
Nacional Queulat, which is wedged between two rocky mountains. This area makes
for a particularly rough and difficult drive as you meander your way through
narrow and steep serpentine curves that are surrounded with rocks and huge
As soon as you
reach the fishing community of Puerto Cisnes, you will heave a sigh of relief
as you enter an area of beautifully paved road. From there on, it is nothing
but a smooth sail all the way till the regional capital of Coyhaique.
You will experience a tiny bump though during your journey, where a partly paved gravel road joins Coyhaique with the shores of Lago General Carrera.
As difficult and rough as it sounds, Carretera Austral will undeniably provide you with a life-time,
memorable road trip experience and will also help you explore your
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