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Road trip Pucon-San Martin de los Andes- Puerto Montt

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Road trip Pucon-San Martin de los Andes- Puerto Montt

Hi, Am looking to drive next Jan from Pucon to San Martin de los Andes (not using ferry from Puerto Fuy but going more north on route 199 and 60), then through Villa Agostora and back across Andes to Puerto Varas(route 231 and 215). Has anyone done this self drive and if so what are road conditions like and are there any dangerous mountainous stretches? Thanks so much.

Juliet & Romeo

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1. Re: Road trip Pucon-San Martin de los Andes- Puerto Montt

It is a lovely route which I have done many times. The crossing at Mamuil Malal is much smaller and gets less traffic, although both will be busy in January. Between the Chilean border control and the Argentine one is a forest of monkey puzzle trees, a good place to picnic as after the Argentine control it is pretty much bare high pampa until Junin de los Andes.

Coming back you are on a more travelled route with more options for stopping. You could lunch in Villa la Angostura if you don't want to start off very early.

There are no dangerous mountain stretches but you do have to watch out for Argentine drivers and buses on both sides.

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2. Re: Road trip Pucon-San Martin de los Andes- Puerto Montt

good point dancingmolly,

just got back from another trip to Bariloche, via Villa La Angostura.

There are no dangerous mountain stretches but you do have to watch out for Argentine drivers and buses on both sides.

you should always be very aware that someone may be overtaking into a blind corner,

so very careful on that side!

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