Pumalin Park & Carretera Austral – 3 days / 2 nights
Enjoy the experience of exploring one of the hidden gems of the South of Chile. The Park Pumalin is the kingdom of the temperate rainforest with breathtaking trails ready to be discovered leaded by our expert naturalist guides. The park is located at the entrance of the Patagonian fjords region, surrounded by glacier valleys, active volcanoes and probably the best-preserved forests of Chile with a unique biodiversity. The conservation project of these lands is an important part of its history and the park itself is now one of the destinations included in the new Route of Patagonian Chilean Parks.
We leave from Puerto Varas early in the morning in direction to the local airport to board a flight of 45 minutes to Chaitén where our vehicle will be waiting for us to start the exploration of El Amarillo area of Park Pumalín with a hike of 6 hours to the Glacier El Amarillo (low difficulty). In the evening we drive to Caleta Gonzalo for dinner and to enjoy the sunset at our charming cabins with views to the fjord. // Box lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Caleta Gonzalo, Parque Pumalín.
After breakfast we will explore different sections of the park with a hike to Volcan Chaitén (4 hours – 5km – medium-high difficulty) and an interpretative hike to Cascadas Escondidas (Hidden Waterfalls, 3 hours, 2 km – low difficulty). The Volcán Chaitén is still active and a really amazing sample of the power of nature in these lands. The interpretative hike will be a great chance to know more about the temperate rainforest and its wildlife with a great variety of flora, interesting and elusive amphibians and with a little luck some mammals and birds as the Pudú, the smallest deer on earth, the Magellanic Woodpecker and the Chucao tapaculo, among others.
Breakfast, box lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Caleta Gonzalo, Parque Pumalín
Departure from Caleta Gonzalo to Puerto Varas toward the north driving through the Carretera Austral. The first ferry will take us from Caleta Gonzalo through the Fiordo Largo (45 minutes) and then after a short drive we will board the ferry for a 4 hours navigation of the Fiordo Comau and then a last ferry from Caleta Puelche to Caleta La Arena. The ferry navigation is one of the highlights of this itinerary with spectacular views of the mountains, volcanoes and the picturesque fishermen villages along the shore. Arrival to Puerto varas is scheduleded for the night.
Breakfast and box lunch included
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