Mañihuales to Coyhaique

Mañihuales – Villa Ortega – Coyhaique

An alternative to the main Carretera Austral near Coyhaique. Turning off the paving, this route initially follows the pretty Emperador Guillermo valley, then passes through the village of Villa Ortega on the way back to the main road north of Coyhaique. The route is on quiet ripio roads, and though it is shorter in terms of distance it is probably a slower route than sticking to the Carretera Austral which is tarmac at this point.

Water can be found at regular intervals along the route and supplies can be bought in Villa Ortega.

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Distance – 77kms Turn L (east) off the main Carretera Austral 13km south of Mañuhuales. After 29km you arrive at the village of Villa Ortega (520m). Continue through the village, climbing to a high point (750m), before reaching the main road again 24kms from Villa Ortega. 11kms of paving brings you to Coyhaique.
State of ripio The surface for the first 20kms from the turn off south of Mañihuales is in good condition, though after this there are plenty of sections of bad ripio.
Time taken – 1 day 3 hours: Mañihuales to Villa Ortega.
3 hours: Villa Ortega to Coyhaique.
Traffic A little bit of traffic on the whole route.
When we cycled January 2010.
Difficulty 2
How much we had to push on this route 0.5kms (bad surface)

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