Hiking towards the Ancient Jewel
We felt the protection of the trees during the 3.5 kilometers we covered at a slop pace and enjoying that wonderful environment to reach the snowdrift.
The climbing plants took advantage of friendly trunks to live on them and there were countless varieties of flowers showing off before our eyes along the way. We found Chilean rhubarbs and huge ferns at first and then the vegetation changed according to the height we gained.
We crossed the Ventisquero River, the first vantage point, and when we noticed the moraine and the indicating signs, we realized the snowdrift was not far. Some meters ahead, the vantage point promised a spectacular view of that hanging wonder.
From the vantage point, everything can be seen together: a triangle of compressed snow falling down in meltdown water; an icy waterfall pouring into that alley made of black rocks shaped by deep grooves, among mountain ranges.
It was hard for us to understand that the everlasting ice co-exists with the wetlands and the lush forest, all this appearing before our eyes. A clear explanation was provided by our guide.
Our Eyes Wet, Our Emotions Contained
Nature offers us this wonder and we just have to go and find it. We felt deeply touched to have listened to the advice somebody had given us not to leave Puyuhuapi without reaching this nook in the middle of the rainforest and taking us home this sight we could certainly not miss.
A great part of the Queulat National Park may be toured by car, but the most representative, unknown and wildest areas must be covered on foot. This is a sample of glaciers with snowdrifts which are constantly on the move.
The Témpanos Lagoon may be accessed from this point. Experienced visitors may continue their way across the valley to the source of the Guillermo River, with prior authorization granted by the Park Ranger.
There are special areas where camping and picnic are authorized. Outside the park, this is allowed only on the Northern shore of Lake Risopatrón.
We learned that flora and fauna include a wide range of species in the park. Birds and mammals live freely all throughout this territory. But we could just spot some birds crying in fear of our presence and some ducks playing in a pond.
The visit was coming to an end and we slowly abandoned the Queulat National Park with the feeling of having watched that magnificent snowdrift pleased to have enjoyed its environment in such a personal way. Our wish had just been fulfilled.
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An access ticket is paid.
Categories: children, adults, foreigners.
Ask for information about the specialized trekking tour and for permission from the park ranger.