• The Enchanted Forest

    Bosque Encantado - Carretera Austral, Cisnes, Aysén, Chile .

    The Enchanted Forest trail is located within Queulat National Park, which in turn forms part of the State’s National System of Protected Wildlife Areas, at Carretera Austral.

    The entrance to the trail is located about 180 kilometres north of Coyhaique and 45 kilometres away from Puerto Cisnes. It has been a natural attraction for thousands of years, that contains a rich and unique flora and fauna. For those who practise trekking, this is one of the must sees of the south of Chile.

    This trail, of medium difficulty, takes approximately two hours to walk. Throughout it, you will encounter the characteristic biodiversity of Bosque Siempre Verde (Evergreen Forest), with its hundred-year-old coihue trees, mañio trees and lichens.

    You will come to an open moraine, covered in bushes, that clearly reminds us of the passing of the glacier through the valley, which is now crossed by Cascadas River.

    Walking down this rocky trail, one reaches the lagoon that is popularly known as “El Duende” (The Elf) or “El Gnomo” (The Gnome.) The lagoon is fed by El Pudú glacier, which has massive icebergs that detach from the huge mass of ice over the glacial cirque.

    Its most renowned attractions are the hundred-year-old forests, amongst which we can find: coigüe trees (Nothofagus dombeyi), mañío trees (Podocarpus nubigena), mosses and lichens; as well as the Cascadas River and El Duende lagoon.

  • Queulat National Park

    Queulat National Park, Chile .

    Queulat or Quenelat, meaning “Far Away Lands” in the Kawashkar dialect, is one of the main tourist attractions of the region. It is a favourite place for photographers and nature lovers due to the great scenic beauty that welcomes you in its interior.

    Carretera Austral crosses through the Park for more than 40 kilometres, resulting in an excellent route to admire the park’s natural beauty. Lush forests, waterfalls, fjords glaciers and rivers, are some of the protagonists of this territory.

    Another one of its peculiarities, is that the landscape is marked by numerous waterfalls, natural formations of running water, resulting from major volcanic processes and glaciers.

    The most important attractions of this park are its glaciers and rivers, especially the Queulat hanging glacier, Salto del Padre García (waterfall), Risopatrón lake, Los Pumas lagoon, the area around Cuesta Queulat, Témpanos lagoon and Salto del Cóndor (waterfall).

    The vegetation is composed of coigüe (Nothofagus dombeyi,) tepa (Laureliopsos philippiana,) luma (Amomyrtus luma,) myrtle or arrayán in Spanish (Luma apiculata,) tineo (Weinmannia trichosperma,) mañío (Podocarpus nubigena,) canelo (Drimys winteri,) Chilean firebush or ciruelillos (Embothrium coccineum,) ferns (Hymenophyllum umbratile,) copihues (Lapageria rosea,) flowers, vines and quilas (Chusquea quila.)

    The animals that compose the fauna include different species, such as the pudú (Pudu puda,) the puma (Felis concolor) and the culpeo fox (Lycalopex culpaeus) as well as birds like the black woodpecker (Campephilus magellanicus,) the cóndor (Vultur gryphus,) the chucao (Scelorchilus rubecula) and the black-throated huet huet (Pteroptochos tarnii.)

  • Aysén River

    Río Aysén, Chile .

    The Aysén river is born from the confluence of the Simpson and Mañihuales rivers, this river is named after the city of Puerto Aysén, it is ideal for kayaking, especially in the Los Rapidos sector for those looking for a little more adrenaline It is also possible to go rafting and boat rides that go towards the mouth of the river towards the Aysén Fjord. The Aysén River is navigable in its entirety, only for small boats and boats; once the river was navigable for larger boats, that is why the city has the name of Port. The steamers used to arrive at the port, disembarked there and were received by the band of carabineros, until the bottom of the river was blocked due to the sediment carried by its upper channel, which made it impossible to enter larger ships.

  • Coyhaique

    Coyhaique, Chile .

    Coyhaique, the capital of the region, has a great number of landforms that have appeared due to tectonic forces and prolonged glacier activity that have given way to very diverse climates and vegetation. Within a few kilometres, the landscape changes from high mountains with eternal ice and high precipitation, to semi-arid steppes with abundant sunshine.

    Coyhaique, one of the youngest cities in Chile, is framed by the rivers Simpson and Coyhaique and surrounded by snow-covered mountains; it is a wonderful place to discover and travel.

    Walking just a few blocks away from the centre, you will reach Simpson street, where you may visit the Piedra del Indio (indigenous rock,) a rock formation that resembles the figure of an indigenous person. The best place to see it is over the bridge that crosses Simpson river.

    Amongst the places one must visit are the Feria Artesanal (craft market), El Monumento al Ovejero (Shepherd’s Monument), the Cultural Centre of Coyhaique and the town’s central square.

    From Coyhaique you may visit Rio Simpson National Reserve, Elizalde Lake, Dos Lagunas Natural Monument, Frío Lake, Polux Lake, Cástor Lake, El Fraile Ski Centre, Ñirehuao River, Coyhaique National Reserve, and La Paloma Lake.

    Simpson River is a special attraction, located in a field of uneven geographies with an extraordinary flora and fauna. This place invites you to travel through native and exotic vegetation such as lenga beech (Nothofagus pumilio) and ñirre (Nothofagus antarctica), to then be surrounded by evergreen forests. This river is protagonist in varied landforms: pampas, mountains and coastlines, crossing Coyhaique and Puerto Aysén. This route has various entry points, the main one is located 500 metres from the city of Coyhaique, and it is possible to access it either walking, biking or by car.

    It is an ideal place for Sport Fishing, with a rich fauna, including the farío trout (Salmo trutta farío), the rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) and some species of Salmon.

  • Cerro Castillo National Park

    Parque Nacional Cerro Castillo, Coyhaique, Río Ibáñez, Chile .

    The melting of glaciers, which landed on this territory thousands of years ago, gives life to the trails and valleys that today make up this reserve. Its untamed nature reflects the natural, geological and volcanological changes that this region has experienced for centuries.

    The Reserve stands out for the protection of species such as the huemul or South Andean deer (Hippocamelus bisulcus,) the puma (Felis concolor,) the guanaco (Lama guanicoe,) the Patagonian chingue (Conepatus humboldti) and the culpeo fox or zorro colorado (Pseudalopex culpaeus,) among others.

    In regards to flora, the predominant vegetation in deciduous forests are the lenga beech (Nothofagus pumilio), the ñirre (Nothofagus Antarctica,) the notro (Chilean firebush) also called ciruelillo (Embothrium coccineum) and the calafate (Berberis buxofolia).

    This area has a tendency to get a cold steppe climate as well as a continental trans-Andean climate that degenerates into steppes, including a great section of the Andes Mountain Range, with very cold temperatures and snowfall during the winter.

    In the vicinities of the crossing towards Puerto Ibáñez, the majestic mountain Cerro Castillo dominates the view from the heights; with its glaciers and snowdrifts and 2,675 meters of height, it has become a popular spot for those who love outdoor activities.