Puerto Rio Tranquilo is in Patagnonia, on the shores of Lake General Carrera.
Puerto Rio Tranquilo is a small tourist-oriented town in Patagonia. The main tourist season is from December to February, when the town is crowded with tourists, many of them Chileans. There is very little activity outside of the high season, and many establishments close down entirely during the winter months.
The bus from Coyhaique to Cochrane stops in Puerto Rio Tranquilo. Several companies run this route on very similar schedules, leaving Coyhaique at either 9am or 9:30am and arriving in Puerto Rio Tranquilo around 1pm or 2pm respectively [as of 22 May, 2016]. They cost CLP 10, 000 [as of 22 May, 2016]. The return bus from Cochrane to Coyhaique passes through Puerto Rio Tranquilo around 11am, arriving back in Coyhaique around 3:30pm. There is no bus station in Puerto Rio Tranquilo; the buses just stop on the main road where the tourist information center is.
Puerto Rio Tranquilo's main attraction is the Marble Caves. These can be visited by hiring a boat from one of the agencies along the lakefront. A boat costs CLP 30.000 and can be shared amongst up to 6-8 people depending on the size of the boat.
Turismo Rio Exploradores runs 1-, 2-, and 3-day tours to the Laguna San Rafael glacier.
It's possible to rent kayaks for CLP 2.000 per hour from one of the tourist agencies on the main road.
Many of the hostels will provide dinner if ordered in advance.
There are many small hostels and guesthouses in the town and nearby. During the December-January high season, it is advisable to book accommodations in advance. Otherwise, it's easy to find a room upon arrival.
- Hostal Los Pinos (1 block away from the main street). Dinner is CLP7.000 upon request, WiFi. CLP30.000 double.