Honestly I see no need to ever visit Chile Chico in your entire God-given life on this planet. But, we went as part of our 22 Day Patagonia Road Trip. Thus, I am sharing our insights with you.
I mean, you can’t deny the beauty of Chile Chico and the surrounding lakes. Patagonia truly is something special. Even aside from the mountains, the land is so…raw, untouched and untamed.
Getting to Chile Chico was like every leg of driving through Patagonia – see photo below. It was dry, barren, and laden with potholes and dirt roads. But listen, if your heart of hearts desires to visit Chile Chico for some reason which I cannot imagine, keep reading for some tips.
I HIGHLY suggest staying at Costanera Apart. You can see the the hotel right on the water in the photo below. There is a restaurant attached, and it was easily the best food we had in Chile Chico. This location was solely a pitstop for us. We had 7-8 hour drives on both sides of Chile Chico. So we took two nights and one full day of rest here.
There is a gas station right to left of the hotel, we had a view of the lake, and it was right on the docs/waterfront, which was all we wanted from our stay in Chile Chico.
When we arrived, I began to better grasp the notorious winds of Patagonia. In preparing for our road trip, we read about car doors nearly being ripped off via strong winds simply from parking at the wrong angle.
I don’t know what causes it, but I quickly understood what those blogs were referring to. You can see in the photo above how choppy the lake water was.
Praise Jesus that on our full day in Chile Chico, the water was smooth as butter. There is some slight movement in the photo below, but a drastic change from the day we arrived.
Also, this boat on the water with “CHILE CHICO” was just the most perfect thing I ever did see.
You CAN visit the marble caves of Chile Chico, but we had no interest. To be honest, the photos just weren’t that impressive to us. And we weren’t there for an adventure. Our priority was rest. If you had more than one day, I would totally suggest making it out the caves if you can. I believe you can kayak out to them or take a boat tour. Worth looking into if that’s of interest for you.
We opted to take the 3 minute walk up the hill to the view point. You get a lovely vantage point of the tiny town of Chile Chico, as well as views of the lake.
You could totally walk around up on the rocks if you wanted to. But we simply came for an even view with great light on the town and lake.
Chile Chico showed off during our full day there. I can’t deny her beauty. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen water that smooth before in real life. And perhaps a trip to the marble caves would have been EPIC. I’ll never know.
What I can tell you, is that you don’t need Chile Chico when visiting Patagonia. But if you’re driving or riding a bus, you’ll likely need to stop here. If that is ever your reality, stay at Costanera Apart, and walk up to the view point in the evening. I can only pray you have the weather we had.
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