Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- Explore Queulat National Park, via the Carretera Austral
- hike to the enchanted forest or navigation/kayak on the Queulat Fjord
- hike to the hanging glacier or to the wildlife waterfall
Day 1: Transfer to Posada Queulat
Flight from Santiago to Balmaceda. Short reception in Balmaceda airport before a drive to Coyhaique and onwards to the Queulat Park, on the Carretera Austral. This will take approximately 4 hours, when you will arrive at the Posada Queulat Lodge. Settle into your room; enjoy a short walk around the cabins to the outflow of the Queulat River, Dinner. There will also be a short meeting to receive information on the area and next days excursions. Relax completely with absolute no human noise from the surroundings.
Length of excursion: 4 hour flight
Accommodation: Posada Queulat
Meals: Lunch, dinner
Day 2 - 3: Choice of excursions
You will choose a day trip on each day that suits your desire and ability. On all of the excursions, you will have the opportunity to experience the wonders of this national park. See below for details of the different excursions.
Accommodation: Posada Queulat
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 4: Depart Drive back to Coyhaique or Balmaceda and lunch.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Alternatives for trip back:
1. Continuation to Chaiten, 218 km, 5 hours or Caleta Gonzalo, 280 km, 6 hours
2. Continuation to Futaleufu, 226 Km, approx 5 hours.
Choice of excursions (day 2):
1. Excursion to the Glaciar Bosque Encantado (Enchanted Forest Glacier)
First, there is a drive southward a steep slope with 33 curves and amazing views of the park. After 22 kilometers (30 minutes drive) is the beginning of the trail Bosque Encantado. The trail first crosses a natural moss and lichens garden, between old and beautiful trees, the experience is unique since there are not many such forests in the world and even less that can be approached by car. Later the trail starts climbing, reaching 631m. When hikers finally reach the timber line the trail continues through a rocky landscape with no vegetation until a viewpoint of the glacier and lagoon. The excursion is 3 hours long plus one hour round trip drive from the lodge. It requires a good physical condition and we highly recommend the hot springs afterwards.
2. Navigation on the Queulat fjord to the Mona or Poya Huapi Island
Navigation is on a cypress boat 8.6 meters long, starting from the lodge on the Queulat fjord to the Poya Huapi or Mona Island. The island has 3 beaches and a fantastic view of the hanging glacier. While on the fjord it might be possible to see Toninas (Austral dolphins), sea birds and sea wolves. 3. Sea Kayak excursion on the Queulat Fjord The circuit includes a gentle kayak on the Queulat River all the way to the sea. Afterwards, the excursion follows the border of the fjord for about 2.5 km, stopping at beautiful sandy beaches, enjoying the clear and pure waters of the fjord.
Choice of excursions (day 3):
1. Excursion to the Ventisquero Colgante (Hanging Glacier)
The Morrena Trail 3.3 kilometres long, lasting approximately 3 hour with approx 200 meters climb to the view point, which has a spectacular view of the hanging glacier The Laguna Tempanos Trail 1.2 km long and lasting approximately one hour. If available, visitors can board a boat that takes them on the Tempanos lake for a closer view of the glacier (not included in the program price approx 12 USD per person)
2. Hot springs at Puyuhuapi Lodge (spa and massages optional) or Ventisqueros Hot Springs
Both options are a very relaxing experience especially when enjoyed after a hard hike. Ventisqueros Hot Spring is by the road, but to reach the Puyuhuapi Hot Springs it is necessary to cross the Puyuhuapi sound by a scheduled boat (spa and massages are not included in the price). 3. Cascada Vida Salvaje (wildlife waterfall) hike The waterfall viewpoint is 120 meters high and reached by a trail crossing the forest. During the hike, you may have the chance to see the curious Chucao, Hued Hued and Rayaditos. The trail crosses an Arrayan cove where guests are welcome to hug these trees with cool bark. The excursion is easy to the foot of the waterfall and average difficulty to the different view points. The full circuit is 3 hours long reaching the highest viewpoint and then descending to the white beaches on the fiord and the shore of the Queulat River.
Prices, Departures and Inclusions
Departures can be set up on a date of your choice from November until March.
All prices indicated include private transfers.
- USD $1610 per person, based on a group of 2-3 people.
- USD $1260 per person, based on a group of 4-5 people.
- USD $1145 per person, based on a group of 6-7 people.
- USD $1085 per person, based on a group of 8-9 people.
- USD $1050 per person, based on a group of 10+ people.
Self-drive options are available for a reduced price of:
- USD $1225 per person, based on a group of 2-3 people.
- USD $1070 per person, based on a group of 4+ people.
- Double accommodation as indicated in itinerary
- Meals as indicated in itinerary
- Two half day excursions on day 2 and 3
- Entrance to National Park
- Private transfers
- Meals and excursions not indicated in itinerary
- Insurance, deductible fees and all expenses related to car rental
- Flights and boarding taxes
- Personal expenses and equipment
- Travel insurance
- Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses