Villa O’Higgins

Corazón de Campo de Hielo

Villa O’Higgins was founded on September 20 1966 and on June 1980 the commune of O’Higgins is created. This area is very well known as the end of Austral Road and the entrances to the glaciers of the still mysterious Southern Patagonian Ice Field. Each year this place is visited by scientists, explorers and adventurers seeking the secrets of “The Last Frontier of Patagonia”.

To access Villa O’Higgins from Coyhaique by land, travel along the Austral Road or by mountain paths in traces suitable only for horses and trekkers. There is also air connection with Coyhaique and border crossings with Argentina.

Villa O’Higgins is the only urban center in the area. The closest locations are Caleta Tortel (500 inhabitants) to 150 km, Cochrane (3,000 inhabitants) at 230 km and El Chaitén, Argentina to 110 km crossing the O’Higgins Lake and Desert Lake. The nearest city is Coyhaique with 45,000 people and located 530 km away.

Its distance from major urban centers keeps you isolated from some comfort, but life compensates tranquility, and fascinating motivation of its inhabitants family enterprises in livestock farming, forest exploitation and tourism. The history of the area has been linked to free colonization and to the settlements to consolidate Chilean sovereignty in the area.

Servicios Basicos

Servicios Observaciones y /o Teléfono
Agua Potable
Señal Telefónica Solo Entel.
Electricidad
Servicio de Correos
Hospital Solo dispone de Servicio de Salud Primaria.
Posta de Salud
Carabineros
Bomberos
Banco
Cajero Automático
Caja Vecina
Cambio de Moneda
Servicio Mecánico
Combustible Copec 067-2431860  y El Refugio 66582697.
Farmacia
Supermercado
Información Turistica Ubicada en la Plaza de Armas.
Aeródromo Todo el año, hacia y desde Coyhaique dos veces por semana, lunes y jueves, dependiendo de condiciones meteorológicas. Teléfonos en Villa O´Higgins: 067-2431823, 66270102.
Embarcadero Puerro Bahamondes, localizado 7 km al Sur de Villa O´Higgins. Funcionamiento todo el año, dependiendo de las condiciones meteorológicas.

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