Walking / horse crossing only. We asked the gauchos and border cops if we could make it but the river is huge unable to be crossed by car. There is 20km of 'no roads' on the Argentinian side. Still, Makes a nice 50km drive from Villa O'Higgins and we saw heaps of possible wild camps along the way. Very scenic and with the copec in Villa petrol is not a problem.
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I crossed the border by bike from Chile to Argentina. The first 4-5 kilometers you have to push the bike most of the time but it’s flat. You’ll cross 2-3 streams. It’s gonna much more easier After the famous footbridge kilometer 5. The last 7-8 kilometers before the be at the Argentinian border are easy and you can cycle all this time. Took me around 5 hours to do the 15 kilometers. Carabineos and Gendarmeria are super friendly on the both sides ! Great experienceReport Check-In
We crossed it!!! on the 20 November 2023 from Chile to Argentina in a LandCruiser 75 with 35s and lift kit, winch and other extras. Track is very hard to follow and some rivers are hood deep.
Take your time and check the depth of the rivers. Its not impossible but there are some deep waters and sandy bits to cross. We were told first to cross since 3-4 years by car. Hope this helps! And give it a try its bloody awesome. If u have any further questions about the track feel free to send a m
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We have been told by the friendly guarder that there is no chance to drive through this 9km without tracks. We have a Landrover with snorkel High clearance winch and other stuff...
It s only doable in winter time when upetream river is Frozen
Last véhicule succeeds 5 months ago..
Friendly guards at the border post. The trail to Argentina is mostly in good condition and pretty straightforward (and fun) with a bicycle, especially if you're running bikepacking bags rather than panniers. Bring a GPX for the route as it'll make life much easier. Cycled it in around 3 hours.Report Check-In
We just came for visit (watting ferry To P.Natales on Saturday). Nice views and incredible how bicis and walking people use this remote way. Our admiration.
Check info&season if you’re interested to pass to Argentina.
Passed with a bicycle. The path for pedestrians and bikes is NOT the same as for cars. It's much dryer, as it doesn't go into the Mayer (hence passable even when vehicles can't) , but also much more of an adventure as it's barely marked. It goes via the Pasarela Carrera. Get GPX traces online and a step-by-step guide with photos by googling "paso rio mayer filetype:pdf". Even with this, start early in the morning and expect to have to make your own trail :)
Officials were friendly and offered coffee. They have satellite internet to validate the exit, but no signal for tourists.Report Check-In
As of today the pass is still not driveable due to high water. We have a 4x4 Tacoma on 33" (taller than stock) tires with a snorkel. We were told that it is too deep still by the Caribineros, and from the look of the river by their station, I believe it.Report Check-In
There is 20km of road missing on the Argentinian side but it is doable in a 4x4. We went to the Carabineros and asked for the current conditions and river levels but right now, they're too high (as of 28.11.).
Check in with them or the guards right at the border, they'll happily provide details on current conditions. One of the Carabineros in Villa O'Higgins lives right at the pass and showed us some current drone footage and very detailed infos and pictures. Apparently it becomes passable starting around mid-january until mid-september when the weather gets colder and the river carry less glacial water.
Note that it is advisable to travel with at least two cars and recovery gear as, according to the Carabinero, some of the terrain is very muddy and ever changing.
Good luck and enjoy this little adventure if you get the chance.
It’s possible to cross this border by car into Argentina during the beginning of the low season (Autumn) if the river levels are low enough. Unmodified but reliable 4x4 trucks do this border crossing somewhat regularly. Make sure to check with the border officials about the river and 4x4 road conditions before venturing out. We were told we wouldn’t have issues crossing with our truck (Toyota 4Runner) and making thru to the Aduanas office in Argentina during the Fall months but that it’s always a good idea to cross with at least two vehicles in case one needed assistance.Report Check-In
Walking / horse crossing only. We asked the gauchos and border cops if we could make it but the river is huge unable to be crossed by car. There is 20km of 'no roads' on the Argentinian side. Still, Makes a nice 50km drive from Villa O'Higgins and we saw heaps of possible wild camps along the way. Very scenic and with the copec in Villa petrol is not a problem.Report Check-In