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Off-the-beaten-path adventure: Chaiten, Chile

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A December 2005 trip to Chaiten by quinius

Puerto Montt-Chaiten ferry adventures Photo, Chaiten, Chile More Photos
Quote: Chaiten is definitely an off-the-beaten-path town in southern Chile. If you are looking for an adventure, Chaiten should be at the top of your list.

Off-the-beaten-path adventure: Chaiten, Chile

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Overview

Volcan Osorno Photo, Chaiten, Chile
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The highlight of Chaiten is its remoteness (if that is a word). Not many people have heard of it because there is not really a quick and easy way to get there. Therefore, it is not your typical tourist town, with big hotels and restaurants. It is definitely more laid-back, and you are able to experience the culture and beauty of Chile in a "real" setting. Chaiten, the town, does not offer a whole lot in the way of activities, but it is the central point for many adventures. Some of them include day trips to Parque Pumalin, one of the three temperate rainforests in the world, hanging glaciers, amazing hiking, great trout fishing, and much more. A trip to Chaiten is quite the adventure and deserve...Read More
Hosteria Llanos Photo, Chaiten, Chile
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You can't go wrong with Hosteria Llanos if you are looking for budget accommodation. In the eyes of any backpacker, this would be a top-notch place. I can't remember the exact price, but I think it was somewhere around $10 U.S. for one night and breakfast. The rooms are private and include a bathroom with shower. Our room had two double beds with sheets and everything included. The location is nice, although Chaiten is so small that you will walk everywhere. The owners were extremely hospitable and helped us out tremendously after we had been in a little accident and needed some help. It felt more like we were staying at home then at a hostel. All of the rooms are located upstairs and the dini...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 30, 2005

Hosteria Llanos
378 Corcovado
Chaiten, Chile

Ventisquero/ Glaciar

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Attraction | "Ventisquero Yelcho"

Ventisquero/ Glaciar Photo, Chaiten, Chile
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The Ventisquero Yelcho is a hanging glacier located south of Chaiten. If you have rented a car, then it should be easy enough to just drive to the glacier. Directions should not be hard, since there is only one road from Chaiten, and that is south. One word of advice on driving yourself: just be careful, because the roads can be a little dangerous sometimes with debris if it has been raining or snowing. If you do not have a car, then you can arrange a tour to the glacier. You can arrange the tours through a man by the name of Nicolas--his company is called Chaiturs, I believe. These are not glamorous five-star tours in amazing air-conditioned buses, but they are wonderful, and he is one of the n...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 30, 2005

Ventisquero/ Glaciar
Palena
Chaiten, Chile

Fishing

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Attraction | "Fishing Fun"

Fishing Photo, Chaiten, Chile
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Lago Yelcho is an enormous lake about 30 minutes from Chaiten. Once upon a time, it was supposed to have some of the best trout-fishing in the world. Although not quite that good anymore, it still makes for a fun day trip from Chaiten. Like any of your other tours from Chaiten, you can contact Chaiturs (located by the bus terminal in Chaiten, nchaitur@hotmail.com) about information getting to and from the lake. They will take you to and from for a good amount (around $15). For the hardcore fishermen, this might not sound appealing to you, but for me and my buddy, it was a blast. We were/are not excellent fishermen by any means, but we just went out to have a good time. We got dropped off...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 31, 2005

Fishing
30 minutes from Chaiten
Chaiten, Chile

Parque Pumalin

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Attraction | "Parque Pumalin: The Land of Jurassic Park, Part 1"

Parque Pumalin Photo, Chaiten, Chile
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Parque Pumalin is easily the highlight of a trip to Chaiten. If you are not familiar with Parque Pumalin, here is a little history about the area. Parque Pumalin is an enormous area of privately owned temperate rain forest. Temperate rainforest is not your everyday climate that you are likely to come across while traveling. There are only three areas of this colder rainforest climate found in the world. This 295,000 hectare park was purchased by a gringo, Douglas Tompkins, to save it from exploitation and destruction. How this act of purchasing such an enormous chunk of precious land in the heart of the Chilean lake district, stretching from nearly the pacific coast to Chile's border with Argenti...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 31, 2005

Parque Pumalin
In between Hornopiren and Chaiten
Chaiten, Chile

Parque Pumalin

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Attraction | "Parque Pumalin: Part 2, The essentials"

Parque Pumalin Photo, Chaiten, Chile
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Once you are there, you have a couple options for accommodations. They have amazing little cottages for about 50 bucks a night, which are an extreme bargain, as you will see from the picture included. The cottages were rustic looking inside and out but as luxurious as you can get but still be rustic. Our room had 3 single beds with a nice bathroom but you can get different style rooms. The thick down comforters and pillows, combined with the high-pressure hot shower, are a nice escape from the cold damp outside hikes. I can't begin to describe how great the cottages are. Maybe they just seemed so great because it was Christmas and raining, and we were borderline miserable and just in dire need of a sh...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 1, 2005

Parque Pumalin
In between Hornopiren and Chaiten
Chaiten, Chile

Puerto Montt-Chaiten Ferry

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Story/Tip

Puerto Montt-Chaiten ferry adventures Photo, Chaiten, Chile
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Getting to the town of Chaiten comes at a cost. If we're talking dollars, then the price is nothing, but if we're talking physical and emotional toil, then one might consider the cost high. The ferry ride to Chaiten is definitely one I will not forget. I had already been in Chile for around 5 months, so I was somewhat used to what we experienced, but I cannot say the same for my friend, whose first experience in Chile was this ferry ride. The ferry lasts around 8 to 12 hours if I remember correctly, but that all depends on how many hours after the estimated departure you actually leave. Unfortunately, they were running on "Chilean time" the day we were riding, so they ran about 3 hours behind ...Read More

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quinius
Waco, Texas

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