O’Higgins Glacier

O’Higgins Glacier is characterized by the purity of its ice fields, which contrast with the intense turquoise colour of the lake that contains it, which carries the same name.

O’Higgins Glacier is characterized by the purity of its ice fields, which contrast with the intense turquoise color of the lake that contains it, which carries the same name. It is the fourth largest glacier of the whole of Patagonia.

Visitors may observe this beautiful and extensive glacier, with its towering walls of ice and contrasting blue colors, which has experienced a regression of 15 kilometers in the past 100 years.

To see the O’Higgins Glacier it is necessary to sail through the great bi-national O’Higgins Lake of 1,049 km2. Boats set sail from Bahía Bahamondes, which is 7 kilometers away from Villa O’Higgins. Throughout the year the boats cover 90 nautical miles between the fjords and channels, entering the beautiful route through the glaciers; an area of breath-taking scenic beauty. The first stopover, after three hours of traveling, is Candelario Mancilla. A small village at the border with Argentina that safeguards various stories of the early pioneers.

From the village, it is possible to see the binational lake with its deserted islands and a great number of glaciers and snowdrifts that hang from the slopes of mountains, towards the different fjords and channels.

The generous geography of the place, composed of rivers, lakes, Patagonian forests, and glaciers, allow visitors to carry out various tourist activities, including trekking, mountain biking and hiking on ice.

a- General Information

Total Area: 828 km2

Location: O’Higgins Lake

Nearby Towns: Villa O’Higgins, Tortel.

Distance and Estimated Time from Coyhaique: 571 kilometers, 2-day trip (15 hours by land+ 1 hour on boat)

b- Access Routes (by land/ by sea/ by air)

By land and by lake

c- What to do / Activities:

Visitors may carry out diverse mountain activities, including trekking and hiking on ice; there are also offers for trail riding and mountain bike circuits.