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This town is named after the magnificent Castillo peak and is located in the Ibáñez River Valley, 59 miles south of Coyhaique. Cerro Castillo is known for its striking landscapes made up of hanging glaciers, turquoise-colored lakes, and beautiful Lenga forests, the perfect home for Huemules (South Andean Deer). Another highlight of this beautiful town is its strong local identity, which townspeople celebrate each year in their “Fiesta de las Tradiciones,” a traditional festival that’s become one of the most well-known annual events in the Aysén region.
Cerro Castillo lies in the ancestral lands of the Aonikenk people, and its history is mostly known via oral tradition. This oral history also tells the stories of the first families that arrived in the area, including the Antrillao, Hueitra, Vargas, García, Calfullanca, Calderón, and Sandoval families. The town was officially founded in 1966 and is now becoming one of the most popular destinations along the Carretera Austral.
In Cerro Castillo, you can find bed and breakfasts, cabins, campsites, and other options for lodging, along with restaurants and tourist agencies offering day trips and excursions to various nearby sites. Find more information at https://rioibanez.cl/v4/villa-cerro-castillo/
Cerro Castillo is located 59 miles south of Coyhaique, along the Carretera Austral. The highway is paved.
Various public transport options are available between Coyhaique and Cerro Castillo. Buses to Cerro Castillo depart daily from the municipal terminal in Coyhaique.
Several bus companies offer daily routes to Cochrane with stops in Cerro Castillo, including Acuario 13 (+56 672 522143 / +56 98748022), Don Carlos (+56 672 522150), and Águilas Patagónicas (+56 672 522020).
For transportation in Cerro Castillo, contact Luis Eduardo Morales (+ 56 9 76494451), Transfer Villarrica (+56 9 66560172), Buses Marcelo (+56 9 78736157), Buses Javier Alí (+56 9 3131402), or Transfer Feña (+56 9 62041342).
Naviera Austral ferries depart from Puerto Montt and Quellón and dock at Puerto Chacabuco, which is 88 miles from Cerro Castillo.
The visitor’s center can be found in Bernardo O’Higgins. It’s open from December to March. Find out more by contacting turismo@rioibañez.cl.
Find out more by contacting turismo@rioibañez.cl.
In January, the town hosts its “Rescuing our Traditions” festival, which celebrates the area’s cultural heritage. It’s the only festival of its kind in the region and is held every year.
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