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Solana Beach, California
February 9, 2011
August 1, 2005
They have a restaurant that is incredible and worth splurging for a meal, even if you are on a budget like we were. We bought most of our own food in Puerto Montt and Chaiten and just cooked on the outside patio/grill areas. Each grill area does have a place to build a fire. If you do not eat dinner, you should at least purchase some of the organic products they sell in the restaurant. The honey is amazing.
The hikes are excellent at Parque Pumalin. If you are used to the conditions of other Chilean parks (which is not necessarily bad), then you will be very surprised when you arrive at Pumalin. They hikes are very well maintained, with most containing wooden bridges along the entire hike, not to mention the amazing scenery that accompanies them. The hikes we did were the waterfall hike and the Alerce hike. The waterfall hike can be a little challenging but was well worth it. You can also come on a day trip from Chaiten and do the hikes, but once you get there, you will wish you were staying.
From journal Off-the-beaten-path adventure: Chaiten, Chile
July 31, 2005
I'm awful at descriptions, but this place is the real deal and will take your breath away when you get there. You really feel like you are stuck in the movie Jurassic Park, with all the enormous green trees covered with thick green moss and huge ferns 10 feet in diameter surrounding you. The park is very remote and a little hard to get to at times. Depending on when you go, there may or my not be a ferry and transportation to the park. You can check Rough Guide for specifics on transportation, but there are basically two ways to get to the park. We took the ferry to Chaiten and then got transportation with Chaitur to the park. If you are staying mutliple days at the park then they can provide transportation for around $10. You can also take day tours of Pumalin with them doing various hikes ($20). Most people arrive from Chaiten but there is also a ferry at certain times of the year from Hornopiren. Trust me, any price is worth going to this park.
Parque Pumalin was my second-favorite spot in Chile behind Torres del Paine, and I highly recommend putting it in your itinerary even though it is hard to get to. I enjoyed it so much because it was off the beaten path, we saw about 5-10 other people the whole 3 days we were there, the scenery will take your breath away, the hikes were challenging, and the park in general was well maintained in all areas and serves for a genuine one of a kind adventure. You must go to Parque Pumalin at any cost for a multiple day adventure you will never forget.