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Puerto Ibáñez’s microclimate makes it an ideal place for agriculture, one of the reasons why the first settlers came here in the early 20th century, traveling from the north of Chile or from Argentina. Incorporated in 1924, today the town’s farms set the tone for this quiet, tranquil place, also known for pottery made with clay from the Ibáñez River.
Puerto Ibáñez is also an important strategic point for the region’s connectivity. Ferries crossing Lake General Carrera––the second-largest lake in South America––set out from its shores and arrive at Chile Chico after a voyage of around 2 hours.
In Puerto Ibáñez, you’ll find cabins, restaurants, guest houses, and other options for accommodations. For more information, go to:
Puerto Ibáñez lies 72 miles south of Coyhaique, on a paved road. It’s also very close of the Pallavicini Pass, where you can cross into Argentina.
Various buses travel daily from Coyhaique to Puerto Ibáñez. For more information, contact: Minibús Eben Ezer (Luis Risopatrón #91 / phone: +56 67 2 242303 / +5699 83404425), Freddy Morales (Puerto Ibáñez Lautaro 592 / phone: +569 89448847).
Puerto Chacabuco is the region’s main port and is located 120 miles from Puerto Ibáñez.
Two-hour ferry trips are also available between Puerto Ibáñez and Chile Chico. Prior reservations are required: http://www.barcazas.cl
Balmaceda Airport is located 57 miles from Puerto Ibáñez. The road to the airport is paved.
The magnificent Cerro Castillo peak lies 7,605 feet above Coyhaique and Río Ibáñez, and in the area surrounding it, you’ll find a trekking circuit that has been named one of the most beautiful in all Chile.
Vast valleys sculpted by the Chacabuco River form a natural corridor that, since ancient times, has been used for travel both by nomadic peoples and a large diversity of fauna.
During the second week of January, locals from the Levicán Peninsula celebrate the «Chivo (Goat) Festival,» and during the third week of January, they organize a festival featuring equestrian demonstrations and other traditional activities.
The second week of February, the town hosts the «Calafate Festival,» and the fourth week of February they celebrate another traditional festival called «Threshing, the way my grandfather did it.»
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