Old 05-11-11, 11:53 AM
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My own trip was in December. It was drier than normal and I had no rain at all. It was a good time to travel there, as locals generally don't go on vacation until after Jan. 1. I stayed in hospedajes (Bed & Breakfast) which were inexpensive and nice. I didn't bother bringing camping gear. For the carretera austral, I think you'd have to camp most of the time. After Jan. 1, finding vacant rooms everywhere would be more difficult and perhaps more expensive.

One thing to be aware of is the limited number of paved roads, although Chile has paved more roads since my trip there. I brought a mountain bike with inverted tread tires because I knew I be on both paved & unpaved roads. In reality, most of my riding was on paved roads, but both passes I rode across the Andes were unpaved at that time. I know that one of them has since been paved. The unpaved roads were in good condition. Turistel used to have their excellent maps of Chile online, but the last time I looked, I couldn't find them.
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