Getting around

Internal transport is usually straightforward. Most of Chile is linked by one road, the paved
Pan-American Highway
(or
Panamericana
), marked on maps as Ruta 5, which runs from the Peruvian border south to Puerto Montt and the island of Chiloé. However, some of the most popular destinations in Chile lie to the south of Puerto Montt, and travelling to this part of the country requires careful planning. Though much of this area can be reached by the
Carretera Austral
, a gravel road marked on maps as Ruta 7, bus services here are far less reliable than elsewhere in the country. Furthermore, the Carretera Austral is punctuated by three ferry crossings, with a further crossing at Villa O'Higgins for those on the direct overland route to the far south(summer only). Alternatives are to travel by sea and air from Puerto Montt. Ferries provide vital links in this region: notably from Chiloé to both Puerto Montt and Chaitén for the Carretera Austral; from Puerto Montt to Puerto Chacabuco (and Coyhaique); and from Puerto Montt to Puerto Natales in the far south.

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