This small village is located on the north shore of the Mitchell Fjord and plays a key role in the connectivity of the Aysén Region. The Padre Antonio Ronchi barge––named in honor of an Italian missionary––sets out from its shores. The barge has been an important part of the region’s development and has improved quality of life for the area’s inhabitants.

The ferry from Puerto Yungay to the Bravo River allows for a stop in Villa O’Higgins. From there, you can explore Bernardo O’Higgins National Park. Those looking for an adventure can set out on a route that combines trekking, a bus trip, and kayaking or a boat ride to the Laguna del Desierto in Argentina.

Lodging, Food, and Activities

There is no lodging available in Caleta Yungay.

Region

Tortel

Province

Capitán Prat

Population

2

Climate and Rainfall

Rainy and Temperate, up to 40 inches annually

Nearest National Park(s)

Bernardo O’Higgins National Park

Don’t Miss

  • Cross the Mitchell Fjord to visit Villa O’Higgins and take in the gorgeous landscapes of the entry point to the Southern Ice Fields.
  • Take the ferry connecting Puerto Yungay and Puerto Natales, with a stop in Puerto Edén.

How to get

Puerto Yungay is located 27 miles from Caleta Tortel and 94 miles from Cochrane on the Carretera Austral.

There are no direct public transit options between Coyhaique and Puerto Yungay along the Carretera Austral. However, you can get there on public transit by combining the following routes:

Coyhaique – Cochrane – Villa O’Higgins.
Coyhaique – Cochrane – Tortel – Villa O’Higgins.
Chile Chico – Cochrane – Villa O’Higgins.

Austral Broom Ferries (www.tabsa.cl) offers routes between Puerto Yungay and Puerto Natales in a voyage that takes approximately 41 hours. Prior reservations are required. The ferry also stops in Puerto Edén.

Aerocord offers twice-weekly flights (Mondays and Thursdays) from Coyhaique to Villa O’Higgins on two-engine planes that can carry 7 passengers. The trip takes around 1 hour 15 minutes. It’s important to reserve well in advance, as residents of Villa O’Higgins have priority. For more information or to reserve a flight, contact: +56-67-2246300 / email: gcardenas@aerocord.cl.

Tips

  • Visit http://www.tabsa.cl/portal/index.php/es/servicios/317-puerto-natales for more information about ferries between Puerto Yungay and Puerto Natales.
  • Check the schedule for the ferry between Puerto Yungay and Río Bravo at: http://www.barcazafiordomitchell.cl/.
  • There’s a cafeteria called El Peregrino in Puerto Yungay where you can buy food.
  • Bus companies Águilas Patagónicas, Acuario 13, San Carlos, and Sao Pablo offer daily routes between Coyhaique and Cochrane.
  • Bus company Mini Bus Vultur Patagonia offers daily routes from Tortel to Villa O’Higgins.
  • Buses Aldea, Mini Buses Cordillera, and Buses Águila Patagónica offer trips from Cochrane to Tortel.

Basic Services

Visitor’s Center

There is no visitor’s center at this time.

Important Dates

In February, the village celebrates its «Tropeando pa’ no olvidar,” or “Don’t Forget the Cowboy Ways” festival in the neighboring town of Villa O’Higgins.

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