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Located in a small bay on the Puyuhuapi Channel, next to the mouth of the Cisnes River, in front of Isla Magdalena National Park and near Queulat National Park, Puerto Cisnes is surrounded by rich vegetation. The street that winds along its shores borders a gorgeous beach, and its inhabitants work to preserve the traditions and stories brought here by the first settlers who came to the area.
The town was incorporated in 1965 but existed for 10 years before that. Puerto Cisnes is one of the main ports in this vast, isolated region, which includes fishing villages like Puerto Gaviota and Puerto Gala. The town is known for handicrafts made from fish skin and a fried fish festival that the community holds each year.
In Puerto Cisnes, you’ll find various alternatives for lodging, along with restaurants cooking delicious hake, trout, and conger eel dishes. You can also find vendors selling traditional handicrafts from the area made with fish skin, amongst other artisanal products. Find out more at:
From Coyhaique, travel 129 miles north on the Carretera Austral, then take Route X-25 for 20 miles until you reach Puerto Cisnes. If you’re coming from Chaitén, travel south 171 miles and, once you pass Queulat National Park, take Route X-25.
From the Municipal Terminal in Coyhaique, take one of the buses traveling daily to Puerto Cisnes (Terraustral and Sao Paulo).
Naviera Austral ferries run from Quellón and Puerto Chacabuco to Puerto Cisnes, a bay located 20 miles west of the Carretera Austral.
The nearest airport is in Balmaceda. In Chaitén, the companies Pewen and Aerocord offer daily flights to Puerto Montt.
Located between the mainland and the Guaitecas archipelago, in the county of Río Cisnes, this is one of the largest islands south of Chiloé.
Queulat National Park is 165 kilometers north of Coyhaique. Created in 1983, its area consists of 154,093 hectares.
There’s a visitor’s center at the municipal plaza. It’s only open in the summer.
The last weekend in January each year, the town holds its well-known Fried Fish Festival.
The town celebrates its anniversary the second week of February.
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