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Pumalín National Park

One of the largest and most diverse conservation efforts in South America, Pumalín Park lies in Chile’s Palena Province, south of the city of Puerto Montt. The park protects 715,000 acres of flora-rich Valdivian temperate rainforest, home to many endemic species including some of the planet’s last stands of the endangered, enormous, millennia-old Alerce trees. These exceptionally wet, original forests reach all the way to the ocean, something that is increasingly rare worldwide. Above the rich, green forests stand the snow-clad Andes, making for one of the most spectacular coastlines on Earth—a landscape of extraordinary grandeur and wildness. The park’s network of trails, campgrounds, information centers, and tourist amenities enable visitors to enjoy this wild landscape.

 

Activities in the park

 

Pumalín Park offers the adventurous traveler a plethora of opportunities for exploration, wildlife-watching, learning, and relaxing. Sea kayakers can explore the Comao and Reñihué fjords, where dolphins, sea lions, and even whales are spotted frequently. Hikers can find a range of trails, from beginner to advanced, leading to waterfalls, up volcanoes, and through the dense rainforest. Skilled climbers will find endless unclimbed peaks to explore, with massive granite walls and expansive glaciers. Those interested in Pumalín’s diverse and unusual flora can enjoy self-guided botanical walks. Cyclists are welcome and encouraged to travel through the park.

Activities in the Park
Pumalín Park offers the adventurous traveler a plethora of opportunities for exploration, wildlife-watching, learning, and relaxing. Sea kayakers can explore the Comao and Reñihué fjords, where dolphins, sea lions, and even whales are spotted frequently. Hikers can find a range of trails, from beginner to advanced, leading to waterfalls, up volcanoes, and through the dense rainforest. Skilled climbers will find endless unclimbed peaks to explore, with massive granite walls and expansive glaciers. Those interested in Pumalín’s diverse and unusual flora can enjoy self-guided botanical walks. Cyclists are welcome and encouraged to travel through the park.

Please note that dogs are not allowed.

 

Access


Encompassing a vast wilderness area, where steep peaks meet the ocean and dense wet forests crowd the hillsides, Pumalín’s geography presents some challenges for travelers. Planning your visit ahead of time will enable you to explore the park more fully.

The Park has several access points and areas: Pumalín North, which extends south from the town of Hornopirén through the Comau fjord and doesn’t have land access; Pumalín West, centered on the tourist amenities at Caleta Gonzalo; and Pumalín South, which reaches to the small town of El Amarillo. Most of the access to the park is along the Carretera Austral, Chile’s Southern Highway, and the ferries that bridge gaps in the road.

 

The Pumalín Park Project is open to the public year round and there is no entrance fee. You can reach Pumalín by car, boat, bike or public transit, from the north or south. To plan your visit, first choose the area of the park you’d like to see, and then figure out the best way to arrive.

Pumalín North is open all year and is the easiest area to reach from the north, but has no infrastructure. You can drive to Hornopirén on the Carretera Austral, 110km south of Puerto Montt. From here you can take the ferry to Caleta Gonzalo, which requieres previous reservation, or rent a boat to take you south down the Comau fjord. (Check below for more details)

The area with the most public infrastructure is Caleta Gonzalo (PumalinWest), distant 4.5 hours from Hornopirén and 60 kms north of Chaitén. You can drive here from the south (Pumalín South), either arriving in Chaitén by ferry from Puerto Montt or by road from the east (Futaleufú) or the south (Coyhaique, etc).

 

Source: https://www.parquepumalin.cl

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