The magnificent Corcovado Volcano stands 7,546 feet above sea level, welcoming visitors to this difficult-to-access, pristine ecosystem of evergreen forests, fjords, bays, rivers, deep valleys, and dozens of hidden lakes. The park was created thanks to Tompkins Conservation’s generous donation of more than 207,570 acres and to the incorporation of national parklands. It features vast expanses of untouched, unexplored land, including hidden corners of the Corcovado Golf and Tic Toc Bay, in Chaitén.

Can’t Miss

  • Corcovado Volcano (7,546 feet above sea level), which can be viewed from Chaitén.
  • Sail or row in Tic Toc Bay and visit the river of the same name.
  • Fish in Corcovado River.
  • Nevado Volcano (6700 feet above sea level), also known as Yantenes or Yanteles Volcano.
  • Lake Trébol.
  • Visit to the Yelcho Snowdrift (in November, maintenance activities will begin, which will not cause visitors inconvenience).

Open

Not currently open to the public

Area

988,450 acres

Climate

Rainy and mild

Rainfall

110 inches annually

Ecosystem

Temperate Rainforest and Deciduous High-Mountain Shrubland

Founded

January 7, 2005

“Up high, biology vanishes to reveal a world shaped by the starker forces of geology and meteorology, the bare bones of the earth wrapped in sky”

Rebecca Solnit

Flora

Impenetrable forest covers much of the parkland, including trees such as Canelo, Mañío, Lenga, Coigue, Ñirre, and Ciprés de las Guaitecas (Pilgerodendron).

Alerce (Fitzroya) can be found only in specific areas, with restricted accessibility

Fauna

The park is a habitat for various endangered species, including the Pudú Deer, the Chiloé Fox, the Güiña (Kodkod), the Huillín (Southern River Otter), the Monito del Monte (Colocolo Opossum), and the Puma. Large colonies of marine birds make their home
in the estuaries and extensive beaches that reach the Gulf of Corcovado and Tic Toc Bay, and it’s common to spot species such as the Magellanic Penguin. For marine mammals, you can find seals and sea lions, as well as cetaceans, which are a constant presence in the area, including Blue Whales, Humpbacks, Pilots, and Sperm Whales.

Culture

The parklands are ancestral territory of the Chono people, a nomadic people that navigated the islands and channels in their canoes, moving between the south of Chiloé and the Taitao Peninsula. They hunted sea lions, fished, and gathered shellfish and seaweed along the coast.

infrastructure

  • Bathrooms
  • Lodging
  • Camping
  • Restaurants
  • Information Center
  • Trails
  • Trekking Circuits
  • Picnic Area

How to Get There

The park has no land access at this time. The only area with land access, is the Ventisquero Yelcho.

By sea, you can get to Tic Toc Bay from Chaitén or from Raúl Marín Balmaceda in private boats. For more seasoned travelers, going up the Corcovado River in boat is also an option.

Companies such as Aerotronador in Puerto Varas offer trips in various amphibious aircraft that can land in different lakes in the park.

Trails

Yelcho Snowdrift Trail

  • Difficulty

    Low difficulty

  • Duration

  • Distance

    3.2 km

  • Open

    in the process of improvement

Currently Corcovado National Park has a path called Yelcho Snowdrift Trail. It is a 3.2 km trail of low difficulty trekking, which reaches a viewpoint with a privileged view of the Yelcho Snowdrift. Currently this path is in the process of beginning maintenance and improvement.

Tips

  • On clear days, it’s possible to see the Corcovado Volcano from Chaitén
  • In Raúl Marín Balmaceda, you can organize private boat tours of the park’s coasts. It’s common to spot blue whales, especially in February

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