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Patagonia cruises & tours hotels in Puyuhuapi area

Puyuhuapi hotels directory

Puyuhuapi 198km (123 miles) south of Chaitén; 222km (138 miles) north of Coyhaique

Just south of Villa Santa Lucía is the end of Chile's X Región Lake District (also called Región de Los Lagos) and the beginning of XI Región, better known as Región de Aysén. South of here you enter a flat valley and the utilitarian town La Junta. The only thing of any interest there is a gas pump and well-stocked store. The view begins to pick up farther along, until the scenery goes wild as the valley narrows and thick green rainforest rises steeply from the sides of the road, just outside the entrance of Parque Nacional Queulat. When the valley opens, the Seno Ventisquero (Glacier Sound) unfolds dramatically, revealing the charming town of Puerto Puyuhuapi on its shore.

The most popular attractions in this region are Parque Nacional Queulat and the five-star Patagonia Connection Puyuhuapi Lodge & Spa, just south and on the other side of the sound, a 5-minute boat ride away. If the Patagonia Lodge's prices are beyond your limit, you might opt to stay at a more economical hotel in Puerto Puyuhuapi or, during the off season, at El Pangue cabañas, and take a soak in the hot springs for the day. You can then spend the following day at Parque Nacional Queulat.