Puerto Río Tranquilo
Located on the western shore of Lake General Carrera––the largest lake in Chile and the second largest in South America––Puerto Río Tranquilo is one of the main entry points for travelers to Laguna San Rafael National Park, via the Exploradores Valley and the Northern Icefields. The town can be found 139 miles south of Coyhaique, and is known for its overwhelming beauty, including several famous icons of the Carretera Austral, such as the Marble Chapels («Capillas de Mármol») and the Exploradores Glacier, which descends from the San Valentín peak (12,828 feet above sea level), the highest peak in all of Patagonia.
Founded in 1955, originally settled by ranching and farming families, today Puerto Río Tranquilo is a key destination for those traveling south, not only because it’s a convenient place to stock up on food supplies and fill up on gas, but also because it’s a beautiful area filled with incredible landscapes and untouched natural horizons.
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