Using Puerto Guadal as "base camp" you can take various day trips to visit the highlights around General Carrera lake. Just take a local bus and be back by evening (buses 2-3 days/week). You can visit Puerto Tranquilo (Marble Caves), Puerto Bertrand, Baker river (rafting), Valle Chacabuco (Parque Patagonia)...
On foot or horse-riding you can hike to Los Maquis waterfalls, to the fossil sites, to the Leones glacier, to the old Escondida mine ..If you are lucky, you will have a “mate” tea with a farmer or visit the neighbour garden… Any trek is a good way for connecting villagers and their traditions.
"Windy but damn postcard beautiful" (Lonely Planet).
It is a quiet village for enjoying General Carrera lake: beaches, waterfalls, fossil sites... Also, using Puerto Guadal as "base camp" you can visit Puerto Tranquilo (Marble Caves and Exploradores glacier), Baker river (rafting), Valle Chacabuco(Parque Patagonia)...
If you are a slow traveller, you got to the right place: where savour a sun-baked bread, get fresh vegetables from a farm, experience hay-box cooking, explore the off the beaten track surroundings, discover the interesting local history… and finally understand the Patagonian saying: “who hurries, wastes time”…
We will present this project where we aim to inspire you and encourage you to take a further step towards sustainability, with practical and simple solutions. We will show you different ideas for saving energy, how the composting toilets work, the solar showers, the parabolic sun cooker, organic agriculture practices… in other words: alternatives for reducing your carbon footprint.
Duration: 2 hours
(Source: Hidden Europe 25, March/April 2009, text by Nicky Gardner)

These are some thoughts which might appeal to travellers interested in exploring slow travel options…


Start at home. The key to slow travel is a state of mind. That can be developed at home.
It is about having the courage not to go the way of the crowd.

Travel slow. Avoid planes if at all possible, and instead enjoy ferries, local buses and slow trains. Speed destroys the connection with landscape. Slow travel restores it.

You may eagerly look forward to the arrival at your chosen destination, but don’t let that anticipation eclipse the pleasure of the journey.

Check out local markets and shops.

Savour café culture. Sitting in a café, you become part of the cityscape and not merely a passing observer.

Take time to get a feel for the languages and dialects of the areas you visit. Learn a few phrases, use a dictionary and buy a local newspaper.

Engage with communities at the right level. Choose accommodation and eating options that are appropriate to the area where you are travelling.

Do what the locals do, not only what the guidebooks say.Savour the unexpected.

Delayed trains or missed bus connections create new opportunities.

Think what you can give back to the communities you visit.



The Slow Movement advocates a cultural shift toward slowing down life's pace. It began with Carlo Petrini's protest against the opening of a McDonald's restaurant in Rome in 1986 that sparked the creation of the Slow Food organization. Over time, this developed into a subculture in other areas, such as Cittaslow (Slow Cities), Slow living, Slow Travel, and Slow Design.

Opposed to the culture of fast food, the sub-movement known as Slow Food seeks to encourage the enjoyment of regional produce, traditional foods, which are often grown organically and to enjoy these foods in the company of others. It aims to defend agricultural biodiversity.

Advocates of Slow travel argue that all too often the potential pleasure of the journey is lost by too eager anticipation of arrival. Slow travel, it is asserted, is a state of mind which allows travellers to engage more fully with communities along their route, often favouring visits to spots enjoyed by local residents rather than merely following guidebooks. As such, slow travel shares some common values with ecotourism. Its advocates and devotees generally look for low-impact travel styles, even to the extent of eschewing flying.

One of the defining elements of slow travel is the opportunity to become part of local life and to connect to a place and its people. Slow travel is also about connection to culture. It is about making conscious choices. It is about deceleration rather than speed. The journey becomes a moment to relax, rather than a stressful interlude imposed between home and destination. Slow travel reinvigorates our habits of perception, taunting us to look more deeply into that we thought we already knew. And at its best it reintroduces a welcome measure of uncertainty into travel. Slow travellers delight in the magic of the unexpected.

Address: Camino Laguna La Manga 1,5 km. - Puerto Guadal