Places to see Futaleufú is characterized by its outdoor activities and extreme sports. It is no coincidence that, in the year 2000, the world rafting championship was held in the Futaleufú river; it is one of the 3 best in the world for this activity. It is also ideal for recreational fishing; in the Pozón de Los Reyes you can catch (and release) rainbow trout, brown trout and huge salmon. The first settlers set their home around the Espejo Lagoon, surrounded
Next to the border crossing “El Límite” separating Chile from Argentina, and near the old Argentinean settlements of Esquel and Trevelin, is the commune of Futaleufú or “Río Grande”, in the language of its oldest inhabitants, the Tehuelche. Its capital, founded in 1929 and bearing the same name, is only 10 kilometres away from the border. The Futaleufú River, huge and rushing, coming from the snowmelt in the mountains, crosses the commune on its way to the ocean. A history
Places to see Three hills rise around the town: Cerro La Cruz, Cerro La Virgen and Cerro La Bandera. Several walks can be done in them and their surroundings. The Palena River is the main river of the commune, which is surrounded by its basin. On its banks you can find many sandy beaches and white stones. Floating, kayaking or fly fishing are some ways to enjoy it. The area of El Azul, under forests of radales, coihues and arrayanes invites
They say that it was the Jesuit Nicolás Mascardi, who gave the name of Palena to this area located in the Andean Patagonia. It is recognized for its ideal conditions for fly fishing, the Palena National Park and for its peaceful rural life. History Palena, is a commune crossed by rivers which separate or unite, depending on who you ask. It was recognized, in 1929, as Palena District, giving its name to the Province. Although there is the town of Alto Palena,
Places to see A must-see in Chaitén is the Desertores Islands, here lives an important part of the indigenous people of the commune. You can go for the day or stay in one of its six islands, sharing with its inhabitants. In Chana, the wetlands offer bird sightings, including black-necked swans and flamingos. From here, through the Coastal sector; Casa Pesca, Pumalín Bay, Loyola and Chumeldén, you reach the Corrales de Piedra, original passive fishing systems built by the ancient inhabitants. In the Comau Peninsula: the bays of Buil, Ayacara and Poyo, are connected by boat with Caleta Gonzalo, the North entrance of the Pumalín Park.
Chaitén, is known as “Canasto de Agua”, after the name given to the bay by the Huilliches Chaitún: basket). It is the largest commune in the province of Palena, recognized for being a highlight of the Carretera Austral, for the eruption of the Chaitén Volcano in 2008, for its millenary larches and for being the Chilean commune with more parks, nature reserves and protected areas. History Chile is a country of untamed nature, and few communes prove this as much as Chaitén. Founded in an imposing landscape of rivers, mountains, lakes, glaciers, millenary forests, and volcanoes. The history of the human settlements
Places to see Among the natural attractions here are the Volcán Apagado, the Volcán Yates and the Volcán Hornopirén; also, the lake Cabrera, which is reached by an old larches road. Lake Cabrera keeps the history of the flood of 1965, under which 28 people died, and which is commemorated each year with a walk and pilgrimage. Navigating the fjords of Comau, Quintupeu, and Cahuelmó is an experience that is hard to forget. The trip begins in Hornopirén and continues through the Cholgo Canal between the islands of Los Ciervos and Llancahué, in the shadow of the peaks and forests, and ends in the
Hualaihué in its native language means “Place of Hualas” or “Place of Aquatic Birds” and was founded on September 21 in 1979, along with the Province of Palena. It belongs to the coastal territory of Patagonia Verde and is one of its larges communes. It is recognized for its history tide to the larches logging industry, for its wetlands perfect for bird watching and for the strength of its native peoples. In Hualaihué you can see the traces of the work and sacrifice of its inhabitants. These can be found in the wooden