Enchanted forest

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 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.

a- General Information

Year of Establishment: 13th of October 1983.

Total Area: approximately 1,700 meters.

Location: Trail located within Queulat National Park, in the provinces of Aysén and Coyhaique.

Nearby Towns: Puyuhuapi, Puerto Cisnes and Lago Verde.

Estimated Distance and Time from Coyhaique: 200 kilometres approximately. 3 hours and 30 minutes

Timetables and Fares:

National: Adults: $3.000; elderly people: $1.500; adults with disabilities: $1.500; children: $1.500.

International: Adults: $5.000; children: $2.500.

b- Access Routes (by land/ by sea/ by air)

By Land: The entrance to the trail is located about 180 kilometres north of Coyhaique and 45 kilometres away from Puerto Cisnes.

c- What to do / Activities:

At Bosque Encantado (Enchanted Forest) you may practice trekking or the contemplation of the flora and fauna, as well as photography.