The Protected Area
Immersed on rocky hillsides and in deep valleys, the evergreen woods boast coigües, tepas, mañios, cinnamon trees and tepús as well as huge Chilean rhubarb, typical of the area. We were told that this zone is dwelled by pudúes, kodkods, Magellanic woodpeckers, sheldgeese, black-necked swans, coypus, chucaos and kingfishers, among others.
Suddenly, El Conde Fall appeared before us. We drove on towards the park ranger station and then paid a visit to the hanging glacier. Located at 1,800 meters MSL, it is the result of the glaciation that took place thousands of years ago. It was discovered by Captain Enrique Simpson in 1875. At that time, the captain reported that the snow from the glacier was just 100 meters from the sea shore. It retreated later on.
We spotted Padre García Fall and Lake Los Pumas surrounded by temperate thick forests of extreme beauty in the Queulat slope. Going uphill was not easy. Therefore, we stopped several times. The lack of visibility caused by the drizzle prevented us from seeing the hanging glacier. That frozen formation rests on a ravine of bare rock and creates cascades that may be seen year round when it is cloudless.
We devoted a couple of hours to this thrilling tour, safe in the knowledge that we had seen a minimum part of this highly valuable natural reserve.
camping site areas, fishing, hiking and cycling trails.
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Useful DataHow to get there
Cover 160 kilometers from Coyhaique to Puyuhuapi along Carretera Austral, which crosses the park. It is located farther ahead from the District of Mañihuales.Bear in mind
This is an ideal site for camping and enjoying trekking, excursions, cycling, fishing and boat rides. It is necessary to give notice to the park ranger before starting any activity.