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CASA LUDWIG

AREA ATTRACTIONS

  • - Trekking in the Queulat National Park
  • - Hotsprings
  • - Local Hikes
  • - Boat and Kayak Trips
  • - Fishing
  • - Carpet Factory
  • - Other points of interest

 

The Carretera Austral runs for many kilometers along the sea in this part of the Aysen Region. Puyuhuapi is sandwiched between the sea and a large, pristine lake just 6 Km to the north. Rivers and creeks, waiting to be enjoyed, flow nearby.

During your stay in Puyuhuapi, you may experience warm days with intense sunlight - perfect for a dip in the ocean. With or without sunshine, several hot springs hidden in the area are worth a visit. You can take a boat trip, fish in the surrounding rivers and lakes, hike in Queulat National Park, or explore local trails along the valley. Patagonia also offers plenty for enthusiastic birdwatchers.

In town, you must visit the traditional carpet factory with its brightly dyed yarns, skilled craftspersons, and intriguing designs.

From Casa Ludwig, you can enjoy the view of the Puyuhuapi fjord. From time to time dolphins and seals frolic in the bay within sight of our house.

At the end of the day, or if you don't like the weather, relax in our beautiful living room, check out our library, or drop in at one of the local restaurants and try a Pisco Sour, Chile's national drink.

Since the majority of the visitors to this area travel between Chaitén and Coyhaique, we have included some suggestions of other points of interest along the way.

 

Trekking in the Queulat National Park

A number of established trails run through the park, and it is best to stick to them; the thick wall of vegetation made up of quila (bamboo), chilco (wild fuchsia) and ferns that surrounds the forest make it almost impassable without a machete.

The following points of interests in the vicinity of Puyuhuapi are highly recommended:

 

Puma Lagoon
Depart from the Angostura camp grounds on Lake Risopatrón, 12 Km north of town. Although the climb is not dangerous, there is a steep incline over 3-4 hours. Pass through various zones of absolutely virgin vegetation ­ bamboo barrier strips, the high forest with its beautiful ferny undergrowth, flowers and bushes. Cross over bubbling mountain streams and natural grassy plains on your way to the Puma Lagoon, a beautiful and pristine lake with a small sandy beach.

 

Hanging Glacier
Twenty Km south of Puyuhuapi, take the marked road leading toward the mountains. After 2.2 Km, you will come to a forest ranger station and camping area. Three paths begin there.

 

- Take the first path for a short, 10-minute walk to a lookout with an impressive panoramic view of the glacier and the two torrential rivers that converge at the bottom of the ravine. Witness the glory of nature's brute strength here, where countless avalanches have left their marks along the sides of the valley.

 

- The second trail leads you over a hanging bridge and across the river for a 20-minute walk to the edge of the glacial lagoon. There you can  take a boat or kayak trip and go almost to the foot of the glacial moraine, where you will hear the roaring thunder of tremendous chunks of ice breaking loose and hurtling to the ground below.

 

- Take the 1-2 hour hike up the third trail for a spectacular view of the mountains, the lagoon, and the glacier, from high above the lagoon.

 

- Hike to the Enchanted Forest: 50 Km South of Puyuhuapi, see below “Other Points of Interest”

 

Note: No regular transportation from Puyuhuapi to the Park is available. However, several local drivers offer transport in their vehicles, or you may rent a bicycle.

 

Local Hikes

An interpretive hike in Puyuhuapi takes you to various points of interest throughout the village and along the seashore, up the river, and finally a little way up a mountain to a lookout where you will revel in a tremendous view of the town, the fjord, and the Andes mountains on other side of the valley.

 

Another hike leading from town is the former trail the settlers used to get to lake Risopatrón (“Senda de los Colonos”). The first few kilometers offer an easy hike through forest and field, to the bed of a rockslide, where a creek comes down – a good place for a picnic. Then the trail goes on into the forest with beautiful arrayan trees, and finally fades among the trees.

 

Cemeteries: At the Southern and Northern entrance to town, you will find the first cemetery of the german settlers and the general cemetery. At the German Cemetery stands a stone with the names of the first colonists. You will find it a peaceful spot with a nice view to the sea. The General Cemetery is a colorful, lovingly decorated gravesite with mostly plastic flowers and memorabilia. Worth a visit.

 

Hot Springs

Puyuhuapi is part of the Melimoyu volcanic system, which provides the entire region with hot springs along the fjord's shoreline. Bathers are truly invigorated with the combination of thermal waters and seawater. The thermal waters of Puyuhuapi Lodge & Spa (www.patagonia-connection.com ) developed from a stream of boiling water descending through the forest into an elegant tourist complex. There is no land access to the complex, but boats regularly cross the bay from the carretera, 15 Km south of town. Or you rent a boat.

The Termas del Ventisquero is Puyuhuapi's latest thermal development. Located 6 Km south of Puyuhuapi on the Carretera Austral, the thermal pools are snuggled against the sea. With its lovely view of the bay and its cosy cafeteria, it is a good place to relax or recuperate after a long hike.

 

Local Hikes

An interpretive hike in Puyuhuapi takes you to various points of interest throughout the village and along the seashore, up the river, and finally a little way up a mountain to a lookout where you will revel in a tremendous view of the town, the fjord, and the Andes mountains on other side of the valley.

Another hike leading from town is the former trail the settlers used to get to lake Risopatrón (“Senda de los Colonos”). The first few kilometers offer an easy hike through forest and field, to the bed of a rockslide, where a creek comes down. Then the trail goes on into the forest with beautiful arrayan trees, and finally fades among the trees

 

Cemeteries: At the Southern and Northern entrance to town, you will find the first cemetery of the german settlers and the general cemetery. At the German Cemetery stands a stone with the names of the first colonists. You will find it a peaceful spot with a nice view to the sea. The General Cemetery is a colorful, lovingly decorated gravesite with mostly plastic flowers and memorabilia. Worth a visit.

 

Boat and Kayak Trips

Experiencia Austral, a new enterprise by  a young man from Puyuhuapi, offers boat trips, kayak and bicycle rental, plus guided tours to local attractions. On such a trip, you can take a soak at a secluded hotspring, watch dolphins and sea lions, catch a glimpse of the glaciers and hike along forest trails. (www.experienciaustral.com, 977661524, 987448755)(contacto@experienciaustral.com)

 

Fishing

Locally, the best fishing is at Lake Risopatron, 6 k north of Puyuhuapi. A small boat, inflatable or float tube is necessary for best results. For a longer daytrip, Lake Rosselot near La Junta can produce nice trout. There are larger rivers within several hours drive to the north and south, such as the Palena, Rosselot, Figueroa, Queulat and Cisnes where you can try your luck wade fishing. Licenses can be purchased online or at El Pangue Lodge.

 

Carpet Factory

Hand-made carpets of excellent quality have been produced in Puyuhuapi since 1948. One of the area's first colonists was a textile engineer who had the idea of returning to his old trade as a way of creating a source of income for the community (see History). The process is fascinating from start to finish - dyeing the wool, cutting, weaving, and finishing. The large, wooden looms were built on-site.

 

Other Points of Interest

 

North of Puyuhuapi

            - Pumalín Park: The largest private park in the world begins around Chaitén. Pumalín was created by the North American ecologist Douglas Tompkins, and standing among its ancient and giant alerces, tree similar to the California Redwoods, is an experience not to be missed.

            - Termas del Amarillo: These rustic and attractive hot springs are located 17 Km south of Chaitén, toward the interior.

 

            - Yelcho Lake: The home of great fishing. Just a few kilometers south of Puerto Cárdenas, a path leads to the Cavi glacier (a gentle climb of approximately 3 hours).

 

            - Futaleufú River: A paradise for rafters and kayakers. The world's best paddlers congregate here every summer to practice their sport.

 

South of Puyuhuapi

            - Padre García Falls: In Queulat Park, at the foot of the mountain pass of the same name, in the middle of the forest, you will find this beautiful set of falls. Stairs descend 200 meters to an impressive view. Definitely worth the hike.

 

            - Bosque Encantado (Enchanted Forest): Also in Queulat Park, you cross over the impressive Queulat Pass (500 meters above sea level) to see the many glaciers that cover the mountains. A marked path at Km 170 leads 1.7 Km uphill. The walk through the dense, virtually subtropical rain forest is absolutely unforgettable. The path ends at a creek, but you can go on to the glacial lagoon, often with icebergs on it.

            -Río Cisnes: Offers excellent fishing.

 

            - Valle Emperador Guillermo (named after Kaiser Wilhelm by an early German explorer): View and ponder the great contrast between lush, natural forests and vast areas of land burned off for agricultural purposes decades ago, resulting in a true ecological tragedy.