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Chile Chico

Chile Chico (Argentina)

Practical information about Chile Chico

  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
  • Viewpoint
  • Port
  • Mountain
  • Lake
3 / 5 - One review
How to get there
2 hours by boat from Puerto Ingeniero Ibáñez
When to go
From October to March
Minimum stay
Half a day

Reviews of Chile Chico

Stéphanie Charbit Travel writer
54 travel articles

On the frontier with Argentina, on the borders of Lake General Carrera, the little village of Chile Chico is the last crossing point into Argentina if you don't want to continue on to Villa O'Higgins on the Carretera Austral.

My suggestion:
Having missed the ferry from Puerto Ingeniero Ibáñez, I decided to get there by hitchhiking and so went around the lake, stopping in some very beautiful places. If you have the time, you can do the same!

Chile Chico...just the name made me want to stop there! There's not a lot to see or do, but it is a nice place to stay during any trip to Patagonia. It was very beautiful that day I stopped there and there was a strong wind (was that the famous Patagonian wind?)

There was a very special atmosphere in the town that morning; all the inhabitants were looking at something in the sky. It was true that if you looked closely you could see a fixed white spot. I was curious so I asked people what it was, but nobody really seemed to know, apart from a woman who told me very seriously that it was bound to be extra terrestrials...I still don't know what it was but, anyway, the last I heard, little green men still hadn't landed in Chile Chico!

All joking apart, Chile Chico is above all, a place to stay when you are going to or leaving Argentina. Whilst you are spending a few hours there, why not go up Cerro Banderas tower where you will get a good view of the lake, or eat a little "cordero patagonico" (a lamb dish) before dashing off?

View of Lake General Carrera from the tower
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