Jeinimeni Lake National Reserve

The access to Jeinimeni Lake National Reserve is located 65 kilometres south of the town of Chile Chico.

The access to Jeinimeni Lake National Reserve is located 65 kilometres south of the town of Chile Chico. To get there, you must take the international route from Chile Chico and take a detour at kilometer 3, through the road that leads to the airfield.

Jeinimeni Lake Reserve is located in the communes of Chile Chico and Cochrane, provinces of General Carrera and Capitán Prat.

At the Jeinimeni National Reserve you may camp by the edge of turquoise lakes and go on trekkings through valleys and amazing rocky walls, you may cross dense forests on bike and see the ancient Tehuelche paintings at Cueva de las Manos (Cave of Hands) or the geology of Piedra Clavada (Pinned Rock.)

Flora: it is composed of Patagonian steppe vegetation, typical of Aysén, such as the vautro (Baccharis macraei,) coiron (Festuca gracillima Rothm) and llareta (Azorella compacta) as well as the deciduous Aysén forests, such as the lenga beech (Nothofagus pumilio,) the ñirre beech (Nothofagus antarctica) and the calafate (Berberis buxofolia.) In the wetter areas, the species that predominate are the coigüe (Nothofagus dombeyi,) the dallisgrass or pasto miel in spanish (Paspalum dilatatum) and the chilean firebush or notro/ciruelillo (Embothrium coccineum.)

Fauna: Amongst of the species that stand out are the Andean gerbil mouse (Eligmodontiapuerulus Cricetidae,) Geoffroy’s cat (Leopardus geoffroyi,) the chingue or Molina’s hog-nosed skunk (Conepatus Chinga,) the South American grey fox or chilla (Lycalopex griseus,) the piche or pichi (Zaedyus pichiy,) the guanaco (Lama guanicoe,) the huemul or South Andean deer (Hippocamelus bisulcus,) the condor (Vultur gryphus,) the cernícalo or falcon (Falco sparverius cinnamominus,) the black-throated huet-huet (Pteroptochos tarnii,) the thrush or zorzal (Turdus falcklandii magellanicus,) the cachaña or Austral parakeet (Enicognathus ferrugineus ferrugineus) and the kingfisher or martín pesacador (Megaceryle tor quata stellata,) among others.

PIEDRA CLAVADA (Pinned Rock)

Piedra Clavada reaches approximately 40 meters high, and it has been shaped by the reigning wind of the steppes. There are tour guides at Chile Chico that can take you to the place, which is located at the beginning of a trekking trail that leads to Cueva de las Manos (Cave of Hands.) The hike to Piedra Clavada begins at kilometre 25 of the path that leads from Chile Chico to Jeinimeni Lake National Reserve. You must follow the route to the west through the mountain pass, and in the middle of a steppe area you will find Piedra Clavada.

CUEVA DE LAS MANOS OF PEDREGOSO RIVER (Cave of Hands)

To visit this important archaeological attraction, you must begin the ascent at kilometre 25 of the road, in the Piedra Clavada area. CONAF recently improved the conditions of the path, which means that you can now reach the foot of the rock by car. It is very common to see herds of guanaco (Lama guanicoe) during the ascent, as well as other animals that inhabit the steppe. The route that leads to the west takes you directly towards the portezuelo (the path between two mountains) where you get a spectacular view of the lake, river and surroundings. From portezuelo, you must walk down for approximately 100 meters to find Cueva de las Manos (Cave of Hands,) where you will be able to see the cave paintings.

VALLE LUNAR (Moon Valley)

Another attraction is the circuit that leads to Piedra Clavada and Cueva de las Manos. This area is characterised by its rocky formations with holes and different shades of red earth and white sand, where you will encounter a view of another world and disconnect for a moment to be lost in the vastness of the landscape.

a- General Information

Year of Establishment: 1st of June 1967

Total Area: 161,000 hectares.

Location: Located 65 kilometres south of Chile Chico, between the communes of Chile Chico and Cochrane, which are part of the provinces General Carrera and Capitán Prat.

Nearby Towns: Chile Chico and Cochrane

Estimated Distance and Time from Coyhaique: 448 kilometres; 5 hours and 30 minutes.

Fares:

National: Adults $2.000; adults with disabilities $1.000; children under 6 years: free; children between 6 and 18 years $1.000; elderly people (over 60 years) $1.000; children with disability: free.

International: Adults (including elderly people) $3.000; children $1.500.

Services: Camping site: $10.000 per day (capacity for 10 people) + entry fee per person. Picnic site: $5.000 (capacity for 10 people) + entry fee per person.

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

By land and by lake

c- What to do / Activities:

In the Jeinimeni National Reserve you may go camping, trekking, mountain biking and you may visit the archaeological sites.