Hornopirén – Chile (Carretera Austral)

It’s a miracle that Hornopirén hasn’t been converted yet in a bustling tourism mecca. There are few destinations with such a natural diversity, it’s absolutely a must for every traveller to stop here some days! The options are endless. You could do the 3 hr trek to Lago Cabrera or explore the Hornopirén National Park, a fairly undeveloped trekking paradise with glaciers, mountains, snowy volcanoes and giant alerce tree forests. Summit the picture perfect cone of the Hornopirén Volcano or go up the Yates or Apagado Volcano.

Hornopirén volcano.

A volcanic area means thermal activity; it’s heavenly to soak in hot thermal baths. The Termas de Pichicolo are just a 10 min drive away but you could also enjoy the fjord’s thermal baths: the Termas Llancahué, Cahuelmó & Porcelanas.

Yes indeed, Hornopirén has a privileged location at the end of a fjord. It’s an unforgettable experience to go kayaking or boating here, with islands and other fjords nearby, while being welcomed by sea lions, dolphins and birds.


And Hornopirén still has more on its menu like visiting different waterfalls or crystal clear rivers such as the Río Blanco, and activities including horseback riding, river kayaking or just enjoying the delicious sea food in the town’s central market.

Delicious seafood (paila marina) from the market in Hornopirén.

Daily buses connect Hornopirén with Puerto Montt. One bus coming from Puerto Montt continues south by taking the ferry to the area of the splendid Pumalín Park and further to Chaitén (ATM available in Chaitén).

Where to sleep in Hornopirén


Patagonia El Cobre, open all year, is Robert’s perfect paradise located on the seashore in a green peaceful corner of Hornopirén. The amazing camping spots, mostly roofed, are located in the lush forest, or you can choose to stay in a little cozy private refugio!

This place really has it all: beautiful vegetation, abundant fauna, trails & viewpoints, a rustic watermill, a veggie garden, recycling system, shared common kitchen and a stunning tranquil café (also for non-guests) literally on the edge of the fjord! Enjoy a coffee or meal here, chitchat, read a book & enjoy the fireplace while admiring the view. Every Tuesdays & Fridays at 19h30, an information talk is given about the splendid area.

Unforgettable are El Cobre’s kayak trips (also rental) to spot marine wildlife, to go fishing, to visit natural thermal baths & remote fjords, as well as their thrilling MTB & trekking tours. Good luck trying to leave this wild gorgeous place!

Call or whatsapp them in advance for a FREE PICK-UP from the ferry or bus stop! Located 1,2km from town, shop at 500m. Veggies & seafood at El Cobre. 1h free bike rental a day to go to town!

Address & contact
End street “Playa del Cobre”
(along the water)
tel. & whatsapp +56 982275152
tel. +56 978863637
[email protected]

Patagonia El Cobre