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“Heaven and hell...”
Review of Ruta 9

Ruta 9
Ranked #17 of 83 things to do in Punta Arenas
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: We have a help desk located in the arrival sector of Punta Arenas main airport, We provide free shuttle to the downtown area of Punta Arenas, we provide tourist information, Hotel, Hostels accommodations, local excursions, transfer to Puerto Natales and the National park Torres Del Paine
Montreal, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 281 helpful votes
“Heaven and hell...”
Reviewed 3 December 2013

The newly done parts are a dream, cement roads that are like driving on a baby's bum… The still to be completed portions of ruta 9 however are more like a heavy rash!!! Hope this review was helpful!

Visited December 2013
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“Take advantage of this paved road...”
Reviewed 27 October 2013

We drove part of Ruta 9 on the way North from Punta Arenas to Otway Sound. The road was paved and except for semi trucks traffic was at a minimum so the going was good until turning onto the long, long gravel road to Otway!

After exiting the city we passed through some rather monotonous flat areas of farmland and rugged barren terrain. It would be much prettier if you drive south hugging the Strait of Magellan to road’s end at Fuerte Bulnes - part of it is also gravel.

If a comfortable drive is your aim then take advantage of this highway because all others seem to be meant for four wheel drives - it didn't deter the mini buses from overtaking us though!

Music would have been great as our rental car didn’t pick up any radio stations so bear that in mind in this remote area of Patagonia - also top up the tank before heading out.

Enjoy your experience!

Visited February 2013
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Colombo
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Can improve”
Reviewed 4 March 2013

Part of this route was not smooth at all and the ride was quite bumpy. The part which was good was great to drive on.

Visited February 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great bike-ride”
Reviewed 7 January 2013

Rent bikes from an outfitter in town (they likely wont be of high quality) and ask to borrow a patch kit and some spare tubes. Then head south as far as you like. Traffic drops off quickly on the edge of town and you'll have gorgeous views of the strait and old farmhouses. Stop for lunch on the side of the road and you'll likely see dolphins (my group saw at least 3!)

Visited March 2012
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Punta Arenas
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“NIce to drive on”
Reviewed 8 March 2012

From Punta Arenas to Cerro Castillo the paved route is excellent although there are some minus interruptions (from Punta Arenas to the airport). There will be two ways soon, that's why. Although there are no gas stations between main cities you can find one near the crossroad to Monte Aymond (crossing border).

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