When planning a bespoke journey that considers overlanding from one country to another, border crossings become an essential part of it. This is the border crossing in the Lake District area that may be used on our bespoke journeys.
LAKE DISTRICT - CHILE
Hua Hum International Pass
Hua Hum International Pass is a mountain pass in the Andes between Chile and Argentina. It connects Chilean territory with San Martin de los Andes in Argentina, across a pleasant navigation through Lake Pirehueico, surrounded by native forest and mountain ranges. From the town of Panguipulli, you travel to the village of Neltume and across the Huilo Huilo Reserve, to take the Hua Hum ferry in Port Fuy. With the Choshuenco Volcano at the background, the voyage across lake Pirihueico is short and amusing, taking 1.5 hours to join both margins of the lake. From Port Pirihueico and towards San Martin de los Andes you travel along a rubble road full of bends that passes through the area known as Pampa de Trompul. After driving for 45 kilometers, you will arrive in San Martín de los Andes.
The pass is open year-round.
The ferry has different timetables according to season and weather.
Altitude :685 masl
Distances to the crossing point:
San Martin de los Andes (Argentina):976.3 km
Panguipulli (Chile):208 km
Pino Hachado International Pass (Lonquimay)
This international pass connects the Chilean towns of Victoria and Lonquimay with the Argentinian towns of Las Lajas and Zapala. You can drive to this pass on international route CH-181 Curacautín-Paso Pino Hachado; driving through Victoria, Curacautín and Lonquimay, through spectacular natural protected areas surrounded by volcanoes and Araucaria forests. After crossing the border, you will be in the arid region that characterizes the north of the Argentine province of Neuquén. Drive to the city of Las Lajas on route RN 22, and from there to Zapala. San Martín de los Andes is 250 kilometers further along national routes RN40 and RN234. *This pass is open year-round, but it is sometimes closed in winter due to weather conditions. In summer, the pass is open from 8am to 8pm, and in winter from 8am to 7pm.
Distances to the Crossing Points:
Lonquimay (Chile):70.1 km
Neuquen (Argentina):355.1 km
Cardenal Samoré International Pass (Osorno-Villa La Angostura)
Cardenal Samoré Pass is one of the main mountain passes through the southern Andes along the border between Argentina and Chile. It is one of the easiest of the Argentina-Chile passes, and one of the few with asphalted roads in the region. The main towns and cities respectively on both sides of the pass are the city of Osorno and Entre Lagos, lying on the shores of Lake Puyehue, in Chile, and Villa la Angostura and San Carlos de Bariloche in Argentina. From the Chilean side the pass is accessed through Route 215 Chile, a branch line which begins at the Panamerican Highway in Osorno. On the Argentinian side the pass is reached by national route 231, across Nahuel Huapi National Park in Argentina, among thick high humid forests, before reaching Villa La Angostura, a charming mountain village in the province of Neuquen.
The pass is open year-round.
Distances to the crossing points:
Osorno (Chile):119 km
Neuquen (Argentina):349 km
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