Get behind the wheels for the Chilean CH-265, one of the planet’s most scenic roads

Ruta CH-265 is a great drive located in the Aysén Region of the Chilean Patagonia. It is one of the world's most scenic drives. The road is unpredictable, grueling, unsafe and tough, but yet captivating, charming, and strikingly beautiful.

CH-265 Road

Where is the CH-265 Road in Chile?

The road is located in the southern part of the country and runs along the southern shore of General Carrera Lake.

How long is CH-265 in the Chilean Patagonia?

The road is 122 km (75.80 miles) long, running west-east from Puerto Guadal, on the Carrera Austral (Ruta 7) to Chile Chico, on the Argentinian border.

How long does it take to drive CH-265 road in the Chilean Patagonia?

To drive this amazingly scenic drive without stopping will take most people between 2.5 and 3.5 hours. Stunning and fascinating views completely take you over and make you forget the roughness. The route itself is stunning and you can enjoy views of a gorgeous lake, islands and adjacent forest from the cliffside overhanging the lake.

Is CH-265 in the Chilean Patagonia challenging?

The road is mostly unpaved: only the last kilometers, near Argentina, are paved. It has excessive dirt, stone and sand. This route has some parts that are like a roller coaster, always going up and down. There are very dangerous curves on this road, especially as you come downhill to a sharp curve. Most of this rough road is in intense and difficult condition. This road is frequently used by people driving much faster than the speed limit. The road is dangerous, with many mountains and steep hills. Make sure you have plenty of food because there aren't any stores for 200 kilometers. Expect amazing stiff hills, wind, and rain. The road tops out at 524m (1,719ft) above sea level.