On the Edge: Lago General Carrera, Chile

Road along the edge of Lake General Carrera, the largest in Chile

Or, Lago Buenos Aires on the Argentine side. The lake’s 1,850 square kilometers are almost evenly split between the two countries —-970 km² are in Chilean territory, 880 km² in Argentina—- but in terms of sheer majesty, the half that lies in Chilean Patagonia wins hands down. It’s also Chile’s largest lake.

Today’s Pic du Jour was taken through the window of our van between Chile Chico and Rio Tranquilo on the Carretera Austral, the highway through southern Chile that traverses 1,200 kilometers of Patagonia. Much of the lake was inaccessible from the Chilean side until the construction of the road in the early 1990s. As you can see, it’s still fairly rugged in parts. It’s one of the most beautiful stretches of road on the planet, and is playing a key role in the third chapter of my manuscript.

I finished the first draft of that chapter today and plan to rework it a bit and split it into a series of blog posts later in the month. Please, stay tuned. 🙂

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  3. Gabor Kovacs says

    I love to see your photos from this part of the Patagonia. When we traveled there, there were some kind of conflicts in the Chilean side of the border and in many points the Carretera Austral was closed, so we had to make our way up in the Argentinean side which is much less interesting! I hope to go back there one day to visit this part’

    1. Bob R says

      That’s too bad. It was a part of the world I’ll never forget.

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