Puyuhuapi – Chile (Carretera Austral)
Puyuhuapi is a quiet and peaceful village located at the far end of a fjord (220km from Coyhaique), surrounded by hills and mountains covered with thick green vegetation. Four young German immigrants founded it in 1935 and their influence can still be noticed in the local architecture and cuisine. Stroll through this tiny village and admire the local houses, the church, the beauty of the fjord with the clouds drifting over the water in the morning and the colourful fishing boats.
Four species of dolphins play in the waters of Puyuhuapi. Take a kayak or boat tour to observe the wonderful fjord and these amazing creatures.
Don’t miss out on the Queulat National Park (entrance 24km south of Puyuhuapi) with rivers winding through its fairy tale lush wilderness. The most popular route is the 3,2km hike to the famous hanging glacier or “Ventisquero Colgante” where you can see and hear the ice crashing down on the rocks. In summer you can take it easy and hop on one of the small boats that navigate you across the Laguna Témpanos to the glacier.
51km south of Puyuhuapi is the Bosque Encantado (Enchanted Forest), a moist, magical forest where gremlins and elves must live. An hour’s walk takes you to where the glacial waterfalls drop into the river. Take all your wet weather gear.
Tired from being overwhelmed by the enchanting assets of Mother Nature? Soak your bones in the hotsprings “Termas del Ventisquero” or the more luxurious “Puyuhuapi Lodge & Spa”. This is pure pampering, with fantastic views as a bonus! There is also a natural hotspring, but only accesible by kayak or boat.
NO ATM AT THIS VILLAGE!
CABINS & HOSTEL AUGUSTO GROSSE – Budget Category
The fairytale cabins at Augusto Grosse, located in the village, are constructed entirely of wood and beautifully decorated. The cabins are extremely well equipped for up to five, seven or eight people and can ensure an unforgettable stay. It’s your best pick in town and you’ll have your own private space with your bunch of friends and family!
There’s even one cabin set up as a comfy hostel with two bathrooms, a 4-bed dorm with warm duvets and two private rooms; one matrimonial and one with a bunk bed. All cabins, including the hostel, have a cosy living room with a wood stove to heat you up and a fully equipped kitchen.
Don’t miss out on the many activities in the area; the owners will gladly help you with recommendations and reservations. Laundry service available. Open all year round.