Aysen is simply glorious. Wild, remote, sparsely populated and wonderfully peaceful, it has some of the most beautiful, diverse and iconic landscapes in Chile, including the entire Northern Patagonian Ice Field, which is exceeded in size only by those of Greenland and Antarctica. There is true grandeur here. It has only been feasible to visit this region since the 1980s, with the building of the Carretera Austral road removing the need to negotiate tiny trails, and infrastructure and communications systems only really got established in the last couple of decades. Consequently there is still a sense of being a pioneer here – much of this wilderness is rarely visited, and you feel as if you have discovered it for yourself. The Aysensinos are an immensely welcoming people; these pioneers love to share their passion for their environment with visitors.
Reasons to visit Aysen include:
November to March is the most popular time to visit. I the spring (September to November) the daytime temperature is warm but the nights are cold. Day and night temperatures warm up from December to February but summer, like the spring, is also characterised by strong winds. Spring is great for flowers, summer better for wildlife viewing. The temperature and the winds start to drop from March to May and by winter (June to August) there are mild winds and a good chance of snow.
Time: GMT -4 hours
There are direct flights from London Heathrow to Santiago, which operate 4 times a week and take 14 hours 40 minutes. The Chilean airline, LATAM, flies via Madrid.
Language: The official language is Spanish. but other local languages are also spoken. English is spoken quite widely.
Visas are not currently required for British passport holders staying for up to 90 days, who are issued with a ‘Tarjeta de Turismo-Tourist Card’ on arrival. You must retain this and present it to immigration on departure.
Generally none is compulsory but we recommend the following: hepatitis A and B, typhoid, diphtheria, meningitis, tetanus, rabies and polio. There is no malaria in Chile. A yellow fever certificate is required if you are coming from an infected area.