A little farther ahead, Puerto Bertrand tempts everyone to stay for a rest and try fly-fishing at the lake bearing the same name and up to the start of the Baker River. At the point where Lakes Carrera and Bertrand connect, a viewpoint left us speechless. We caught a glimpse of both lakes and the landscape in silence and continued along a gorge that got us deep into a forest of native species, including coihues, lengas and ñires. Another viewpoint located on Contreras Mountain Range was as imposing.
We drove on along a gravel road which looked as if it was made of compressed salt. It was always narrow, with cornices and typical mountain features.
Once on the Southern Road, which would lead us to Puerto Murta, we let ourselves be carried away by the wild geography of this area in Chilean Patagonia. As we got to Puerto Río Tranquilo, we were curious about the motorboat excursions to the so-called Capillas de Mármol. At the same time, we visited this small hamlet with few denizens but with a charming kind of simplicity.
We continued driving towards Puerto Murta always escorted by the General Carrera to our right. We covered its bay, the valley and its mountains and realized that its nautical activities lure a great deal of tourists.
At this point, the Southern Road deviates from the coast to reach Puerto Ibañez. We failed to see two abandoned towns: Puerto Cristal and Puerto Venado, which used to boast a significant active population that lived on mining in the past.
Puerto Ingeniero Ibañez welcomed us with a great affluence of visitors, as it offers various interesting outings towards the Ibañez River Falls, the Levican Peninsula and Mount Castillo with its eternal snow and vestiges of the Tehuelche culture. To complete the ride, we took the barge that crosses the lake onto Chile Chico. It follows a straight line that coincides with the international border. Both populations lie on the frontier and are connected with the Argentinian Districts of Palavicini and Los Antiguos, respectively.
Our ride around Lake General Carrera came to an end on the Chilean side. We got to see the populations lying on its shores, many of which used to be connected only by water. We still have to do the same circuit on the Argentinian side, where the lake is called Buenos Aires.
Chile Chico / Lago G. Carrera
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The total distance to be covered by land around Lake General Carrera is 330 kilometers approximately, almost completely made of gravel. It is completed with the voyage on board the barge, which has fixed timetables.