The silent hamlet spreading across the mountain amidst the lenga forest opposite the Contreras Mountain Range shelters about 90 inhabitants during the low season.
I was dazzled at the quiet beauty of the village. We advanced along a lane up to the fishing lodge near the Baker River. There we met Arcadio, a local dweller who invited us to go sailing across Lake Betrand up to the mouth of the Baker River.
The water mirror is simply beautiful. Vivrant turquoise, it receives the tributaries coming from Lakes General Carrera and Plomo, which are fed with water from snowdrifts.
After such a relaxing ride, we returned to the small pier at the lodge in order to say good-bye to Arcadio and Gaucha. We continued traveling along the road towards Cochrane. Every now and then, we would stop to have a look at the river which at times would flow away from the road. After climbing the cuesta del Diablo (the Devil's Slope), a fantastic vantage point would show us the spot where the Baker River joins the Nef River, with its milky waters coming from the glaciers.
Excellent fishing lodges
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Useful DataHow to get there
Go along the Southern Road from Puerto Guadal and you will reach Puerto Bertrand after 30 km.Bear in mind
Spend two days at Puerto Bertrand to enjoy peace and quietness.