In response to information from the health authority regarding the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the National Forest Corporation (Conaf) has decided to temporarily close all national parks, national reserves and natural monuments until the health alert is lifted by health authorities.
Isla Magdalena’s rugged landscapes, deep ravines, and coastal bluffs make it an ideal environment for species such as Penguins, Cormorants, Sea Lions, and Huillines (Southern River Otters). Situated between the Chilean continent and the Guaitecas Archipelago, in Río Cisnes, Isla Magdalena is one of the largest islands to the south of Chiloé. 80% of its surface is protected land. At the center of the island, the peak of Mentolat Volcano stretches 5,446 feet above sea level amongst the exuberant flora of the northern Patagonia cordillera.
Highlights include the Coigüe de Chiloé and Coigüe de Magallanes, Ciprés de las Guaitecas (Pilgerodendron), Canelo, Ciruelilo, Luma, Tepu, and Fiunques. Dozens of ferns and bushes such as the Chilco (Hardy Fuchsia) and Chaura also make up this dense rainforest.
Huillines (Southern River Otters), Coipos, Chungungos (Marine Otters), South American Fur Seals, and Toninas (Commerson’s Dolphins), in addition to various species of Petrels, Cormorants, and Seagulls.
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.
Isla Magdalena National Park does not have land access.
You can coordinate private boat trips from Puerto Cisnes, located 122 miles from Coyhaique. The route crosses the Puyuhuapi Channel in around an hour.
To get to Puerto Gaviota, you can take one of the Naviera Austral ferries from Puerto Chacabuco (which takes around 6 hours), Quellón, or Puerto Cisnes (which takes approximately 3.5 hours).
Navigate the channels of northern Patagonia to view Corcovado National Park and Melimoyu. At Puerto Cisnes you can cross the Puyuhuapi channel to explore Magdalena Island National Park and Queulat National Park.
(*)Corcovado, Melimoyu, and Isla Magdalena National Parks do not currently have public access infrastructure.
Located on the small bay of the Puyuhuapi Channel, next to the mouth of the Cisnes River, 20 miles from Route 7.
Puerto Gaviota is a small cove used by artisanal fishermen, located on Isla Magdalena, a 3-hour boat ride from Puerto Cisnes.
Founded in 1935 by German settlers, Puyuhuapi's central attraction is its inviting hot springs. This small town is located at the northern end of Puyuhuapi fjord.
Capital of the Guaitecas municipality, Melinka is a town in the Guaitecas Archipelago, which is made up of more than 40 islands.
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