Queulat National Park
Located in the district of Puerto Cisnes, Queulat National Park has a surface of 154,093 hectares (339,004 acres) and is easily accessible. One of its most remarkable features is its evergreen forest, made up by species like coihue, tepa, tepuala, and Chilean rhubarbs. The fauna represented here is the pudĂș, kodkod, black woodpecker, caiquĂ©n, black-necked swan, coypu, chucao tapaculo, and ringed kingfisher, among others.
Among the natural attractions is the Hanging Glacier, discovered in 1875 by Captain Enrique Simpson. According to his descriptions, the glacier was originally 100 meters (328 ft) from the sea shore; now it is 7,800 mts (25,584 ft) away.
Lake RisopatrĂłn, Tempanos lagoon, Queulat bay, Padre GarcĂa and CĂłndor waterfalls, are just some of the most beautiful sites in the park, all of which can be discovered by following some of the park's trails.
Queulat National Park Basic Information
Region of AysĂ©n, 170 km northeast of Coyhaique. Puerto Puyuhuapi is 50 km (31 MI) northeast of the park's south entrance.
How to get there
Santiago-Coyhaique: by air, sea (until Pto. Chacabuco), public and private land transportation. From Coyhaique to Queulat NP there are two options: 1) take the first stretch of the Austral Highway, towards Puerto AisĂ©n (paved), and before arriving at this city take the turn heading north. 27kms (17 MI) are paved and the rest is gravel.
When to go
Other nearby attractions
Isla Magdalena National Park, Lago las Torres National Reserve.
Fishing, swimming, mountaineering, trekking, wildlife observation, photography, sea kayak, cultural tours.
Humid with lots of rain year round. In winter, the rainfall increases and there is snow in the higher altitudes. The total annual rainfall is from 3,500mm to 4,000mm (138 to 157 in.). The average annual temperature fluctuates between 4Â° and 9Â°C (39 and 48Â°F) in the different areas of the park.
Rangers, trails, transportation, accommodations.
Adults: CLP 1.500
Children: CLP 500
Adults: CLP 3.000
Children: CLP 1.000.
Camping (site per day): CLP 5.000
Queulat National Park Infrastructure and Services
The administrator is Ălvaro Damico. Besides, there are four permanent park rangers..
Fishing, mountaineering, trekking, wildlife observation, photography, sailing, cultural tours.
Follow Conaf's instructions during your stay in the park:
- Summer is the best season to visit the park, between November and March.
- If you go on an excursion it is mandatory to register your itinerary with the park ranger.
- Mountaineers who wish to climb hills, mountains, and volcanoes must register their information in the administration post.
- It is recommended to bring waterproof clothing, even in summer.
- Do not leave traces of your visit.
Attractions in Queulat National Park
What to see
The most important attractions in this park are Queulat Hanging Glacier, Padre GarcĂa Waterfall, Lake RisopatrĂłn, Los Pumas Lagoon, Queulat Slope, TĂ©mpanos Lagoon, and Salto del CĂłndor.
The scenario has remarkable attractions, like a hanging snowdrift and a diverse flora made up by coihues, tepas and tepualas. Species like the black-necked swan, pudu, coypu, and kodkod seduce the tourist and allow him to enjoy the tranquilty of these landscapes. Besides observing wildlife, you can enjoy a restful bath in Pyuhuapi Thermal Springs, where water reaches temperatures of up to 85ÂșC. You can combine the peace of these baths with activities such as trekking, rafting, and kayaking.
One of the attractions in this park is Lake RisopatrĂłn, located 15 kms north of Puyuhuapi. The thick vegetation surrounding it does not allow the formation of baches, making it possible to find species which are apt for flyfishing, such as salmon and trout.
What to do
- wildlife observation
- cultural tours
Queulat National Park Natural Heritage
Magellanic Woodpecker (Campephilus magellanicus)
Condor (Vultur griphus)
Austral parakeet (Enicognathus ferrugineus)
Chucao tapaculo (Scelorchilus rubecula)
Huet-huet (Pteroptochos tarnii)
Pudu (Pudu pudu)
Kodkod (Oncyfelis guigna)
Puma (Felis concolor)
Southern river otter (Lutra provocax)
Andean fox (Pseudalopex culpaeus)
Large four-eyed frog (Pleuroderma bufonina)
âAndean Patagonian Forestsâ feature species like:
Lenga beech (Nothofagus pumilio)
Magellan's Coihue (Nothofagus betuloides)
Small maytenus (Maytenus disticha)
White michay (Desfontainea spinosa)
âEvergreen forests and peatsâ, with species like:
Chiloe's Coihue (Nothofagus nitida)
Tepa (Laurelia philippiana)
Tineo (Weinmannia trichosperma)
Canelo (Drinys winteri)
Chilco (Fuchsia magellanica).