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Hornopirén is located 68 miles south of Puerto Montt, in an area surrounded by temperate evergreen forests, jagged mountains, hanging glaciers, and hot springs. Its name comes from Mapundungún and means “Snow Oven,” a reference to the imposing volcano that crowns this landscape.
First called “Río Negro,” this town was founded in 1979, in what was territory of the Chono people––who rowed its fjords in their canoes––and the Huilliche people, who hunted and gathered seeds and mushrooms in its thick forests. The first explorers arrived in the area to search for the mythical City of the Caesars, and later, in the 19th century, settlers came to log its ancient Alerce wood. Today, many locals are drawn to working in the tourism industry, given Hornopirén’s important location on the Comau Fjord, a stop-off point for visitors to nearby National Parks.
In Hornopirén, tourists can find amenities such as cabins, hostels, hotels, restaurants, and tourist agencies. Find more information at the official websites:
Hornopirén is located 68 miles south of Puerto Montt. Take the Carretera Austral to Caleta La Arena, then board the ferry to Caleta Puelche (no reservation required). You can also get to Caleta Puelche from Cochamó and Puelo via Route V-69. From Caleta Puelche, continue south to Hornopirén.
Buses Kemel and Los Navegadores offer daily routes from Puerto Montt.
Skorpios offers voyages from Puerto Montt that visit the Comau and Quintupeu Fjords (only May to October).
The nearest airport is in Puerto Montt. Latam and Sky Airlines offer daily flights between Santiago and Puerto Montt.
This park is part of the World Biosphere Reserve of Temperate Rainforests of the Austral Andes.
Located south of Puerto Montt, Pumalín Park is home to millenary alerce (Fitzroya) trees and offers more than a dozen trails for exploring landscapes ranging from temperate rainforest to glaciers.
In February, the voice festival takes place and the Semana Cordillerana (anniversary of the town).
In February the religious festival of Jesus de Nazareno is celebrated, in the sector of coast of Rolecha and the Arena.
For Chile’s September 18th celebrations, the Hornopirén parish hosts a “Te Deum” mass, which ends with a school parade and community’s town festival.
On February 19, a mapuche procession is made towards Cabrera Lake, in commemoration of the colonists who died in the alluvium happened in the area.
In January and February the local customs fair takes place in the town.
In October, the river festival takes place.
In the winter season, a Trail Running to Lake Cabrera and to Hornopirén National Park.
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