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Located at the mouth of the Palena River and southeast of the Corcovado Gulf, Raúl Marín Balmaceda is surrounded by gorgeous landscapes with striking natural beauty. Due to the town’s geography––on an island at a river delta––sandy sediment accumulates in the area, forming long, beautiful beaches and attracting wildlife. The town is surrounded by large slopes, exuberant vegetation, and rocky, stark cliffs.
Raúl Marín Balmaceda is the oldest town in the Aysén Region. The town was founded in 1889; back then, it was named Bajo Palena. Today, a nascent tourism industry provide jobs for many of the area’s inhabitants.
Raúl Marín Balmaceda has bed and breakfasts, guest houses, campsites, and restaurants, along with various activities available for tourists.
Raúl Marín Balmaceda is located 47 miles from La Junta along Route X-12. La Junta is 180 miles north of Coyhaique along the Carretera Austral, and 93 miles from Chaitén.
Keep in mind that 6 miles before you arrive to town, you’ll need to take a ferry to cross the Palena River. The ferry has no cost and takes 10 minutes. It runs from 8:30 a.m. to 1 pm and between 4 pm and 9 p.m, altough schedule vary according to the season. No prior reservations are required.
There are buses that run from Chaitén and Coyhaique to La Junta. At La Junta, you can take «Transportes Willy» buses to Raúl Marín Balmaceda. They run once a day on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
Naviera Austral ferries run between Puerto Chacabuco and Raúl Marín Balmaceda, and Quellón and Raúl Marín Balmaceda. Find out more at the ferry agency located in town or at http://www.navieraustral.cl/itinerarios-y-tarifas#ruta-cordillera.
There is an aerodrome in Raúl Marín Balmaceda, but it does not offer regularly scheduled flights. You can organize private flights from Coyhaique, Chaitén, or Puerto Montt. The closest airports are in Puerto Montt and Balmaceda, and the aerodrome in Chaitén also has daily arrivals from Puerto Montt.
A dream place, this remote park suits lovers of pure wilderness. Among its great natural attractions is whale watching.
A pristine ecosystem that is difficult to access, this park consists of evergreen forest, fjords, bays, rivers, deep valleys and dozens of hidden lakes.
Queulat National Park is 165 kilometers north of Coyhaique. Created in 1983, its area consists of 154,093 hectares.
In February, the community hosts the Route of Palena, which consists of a trip in kayak down the river, from Palena to Raúl Marín Balmaceda.
The town celebrates its anniversary on January 4th.
In Ferbuary the community holds its traditional festival.
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