Spend the day at the edge of the world with this exciting tour of one of the most rugged and least populated areas in Chile.
Your adventure begins as you take a seat in the car and head to Coyhaique, the capital of the Aysen region and a gateway to Patagonia. Along the way you will cross the longest rope bridge in Chile, visit a magical ghost lagoon and see the Rio Simpson, a famous river that is a favorite with the fly fishers.
Soak in the scenery as you pass by verdant plains, huge mountains and cascading waterfalls. Coyhaique (coy-I-kay) is the capital of Chile's 11th region, and its commercial center. It is one of the few cities in Chile which receives regular icefall and snowfall during the fall and winter. Once in Coyhaique, enjoy a piece of rich, flaky Streuselkuchen and a cup of hot, homemade coffee as you learn about the German community and see its influence on the city's architecture, food and culture. Continue on to some of the city's favelas, or shanty towns, to witness some of the challenges the residents face here.
Conclude your tour back to port with a stop at the Virgin waterfall, the largest one in the area and so named due to the semblance of a crown and veil formed as the water rushes over the rocks.
This popular tour fills up fast - reserve your spot today and get ready for a unique trip that you will remember for years to come.
Having Puerto Chacabuco as a port of call on our cruise, we neither wanted to buy some over priced shore excursions on board our cruise ship, nor did we want to just walk around the Town. So, in advance, we booked the 6 hours "Casa Penaflor Tour". Our guide ANGELIKA, originally from Germany, (she speaks fluently English, German, Spanish) was already waiting for us at the port, also a very comfortable van with driver. We visited all places that were described in the tour itinerary, even some places more. She even invited us to her home for a "homemade pie (delicious! ) and coffee" break. Angelika is very friendly and knowledgeable and gave us a deep insight into this area, its history and into the daily life of the people here. Even on an extensive tour, she is always aware of the time and you can be assured that with Angelika you will not miss your ship. So, if you are on a cruise and want to spend the day in the beautyful region of Puerto Chacabuco/Aysen/Cohaye, TAKE THIS TOUR !
Reviewer: Joan Schacht
Our host was a German immigrant of 10 years. She was very knowledgeable of the history and gave a unique point of view. The special surprise was a visit to her beautiful home in the hillside, where we were greeted with Pisco sours and home baked coffee cake. Could not be happier with the tour.