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Puyuhuapi is located at the far north of the Puyuhuapi Fjord, surrounded by gorgeous hills full of rich vegetation. In this quiet town, locals still live and breathe the traditions of its earliest settlers, who came from Germany and Chiloé.
The town’s history began when entrepreneur Robert Uebel financed a migration project, sending 4 young Germans (Otto Uebel, Karl Ludwig, Walter Hopperdietzel, and Ernesto Ludwig) to Chile. They founded Puyuhuapi in 1935. Their families joined them in 1947, having been delayed by World War II. The settlers hired carpenters from Chiloé, after hearing of their impressive craftsmanship, and the mixture of various influences in the area led to the development of a unique local culture and an economy based on farming, livestock, and fishing. In 1945, a fabric and carpet factory was opened. Puyuhuapi became an official town in 1971.
Puyuhuapi has a wide range of lodging available, from campsites, to quaint guest houses, to cabins, apart hotels and other more luxurious options.
From Coyhaique, head north 145 miles along the Carretera Austral until you arrive at Puyuhuapi. If you’re coming from Chaitén, drive 117 miles south.
From Chaitén or Coyhaique, take one of the buses running daily to Puyuhuapi from Coyhaique and 3 times per week from Chaitén.
Naviera Austral ferries run some days of the week from Puerto Montt to Chaitén and Quellón to Chaitén. You’ll need to make reservations in advance. At Chaitén, you can take a bus to Puyuhuapi.
Naviera Austral ferries run some days of the week from Quellón to Raúl Marín Balmaceda. You’ll need to make reservations in advance. At Raúl Marín Balmaceda, you can take a bus to La Junta (bus run certain days of the week only) and from there connect with another bus towards Puyuhuapi.
Naviera Austral ferries run some days of the week to Puerto Cisnes (Ruta Cordillera). You’ll need to make reservations in advance. From there you can take a bus to Puyuhuapi on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Pewen and Aerocord offer daily 35-minute flights from Puerto Montt to Chaitén. The schedules vary depending on the day of the week. From Chaitén, you can take a bus to Puyuhuapi.
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.
Open from October to April.
On June 28, the town celebrates San Pedro with a parade and boat promenade, a community luncheon, and art shows.
The second week of January, the town celebrates its anniversary.
During Easter, town celebrates «From Curanto to Kuchen» festival.
In February, the town hosts its «Mate» festival, which celebrates the cultural heritage of the area. It takes place between La Junta and Puyuhuapi, at «El Fogón del Silencio»
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