Queulat National Park

Queulat or Quenelat, meaning “Far Away Lands” in the Kawashkar dialect, is one of the main tourist attractions of the region.

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.)

a- General Information

Year of Establishment: 13th of October 1983.

Total Area: 154.093 hectares.

Location: Located 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 disability, over 18 years of age: $1.500; minors with disability, under 17 years of age: free; children: $1.500.

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

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

By land

c- What to do / Activities:

The Queulat National Park brings together different activities, including trekking, sightseeing the flora and fauna and photography.

TRAILS

Sendero Los Pumas (Los Pumas Trail)

Located 12 kilometres north from the town of Puyuhuapi, precisely in the Angostura sector of Risopatrón Lake. It is 5,778 meters long, and it takes approximately 6 hours to travel. The difficulty level is high.

It begins at Angostura camping area, rising to the west through evergreen forests, streams and footbridges.

The landscapes that can be seen are of great beauty. At the beginning of the trekking it is possible to sea Risopatrón Lake, which lies behind this route. By the end of the trail, one reaches the beautiful lagoon of Los Pumas, surrounded by lenga beech (Nothofagus pumilio) and ñirres (Nothofagus antarctica.) We recommend doing this route in autumn due to the contrast of colours within the Nothofagus and evergreen forests.

Sendero Ventisquero Colgante (Hanging Glacier Trail)

This is not really a trail but rather an area where there are three hiking options. The shortest trail is the Mirador, of only 200 metres, and easy to perform. It leads to the confluence of the rivers Ventisqueros and Desagüe, where it is possible to see the hanging glacier. Another trail is that of the Témpanos lagoon, a simple path of 600 metres. Crossing the Ventisqueros River through a hanging bridge, one reaches the lagoon that receives the hanging glacier. It is also possible to take a walk around the place. Finally, there is a trail that climbs La Morrena (The Moraine.) It is a mountain walk of 3,200 metres long and of medium difficulty, that crosses through the evergreen forests, rising through the moraine of the glacier, to access a beautiful panoramic view.

Sendero Bosque Encantado (Enchanted Forest Trail)

This trail is 1,700 meters long and of medium difficulty. It begins 45 kilometres south of Puyuhuapi at Carretera Austral, and 36 kilometres away from Puerto Cisnes. Ascending through the evergreen forests, and hiking over the arboreal vegetation limit, it is possible to access a lagoon that looks like an amphitheatre at the foot of a rock wall. From there one may observe the icebergs that lie at the birth of the Cascada River.

Sendero Bosque Encantado (Enchanted Forest Trail)

This trail is 1,700 meters long and of medium difficulty. It begins 45 kilometres south of Puyuhuapi at Carretera Austral, and 36 kilometres away from Puerto Cisnes. Ascending through the evergreen forests, and hiking over the arboreal vegetation limit, it is possible to access a lagoon that looks like an amphitheatre at the foot of a rock wall. From there one may observe the icebergs that lie at the birth of the Cascada River.