ﾠWe offer the Drive-In Explore Pumalin Tour as an alternative for those who want to visit the beautiful Pumalin Douglas Tompkins National Park and get to and from Lodge Caleta Gonzalo independently.
The park is a stunning mosaic of natural beauty, featuring old-growth forests with a high level of endemism that cascade dramatically towards fjords, rivers, granite walls, snowdrifts, volcanoes, waterfalls, and lakes nestled in the mountains.
These remote and vibrant landscapes inspired Doug Tompkins to envision the conservation of Chilean Patagonia. In 2018, his vision became a reality through an unprecedented public-private agreement, resulting in the largest private-to-state land donation worldwide, totaling 1,063,000 acres.
During this immersive and adventurous journey in Pumalin, our experienced and knowledgeable guides will lead you on daily walks along some of the park’s most important trails. When you’re not exploring the park, you’ll have the opportunity to relax and rejuvenate each afternoon and evening in our comfortable and cozy lodge cabins. Our restaurant serves delicious meals, providing an opportunity for you to connect with like-minded travelers who share your appreciation for nature and contribute to its preservation for future generations.
Our journey will take us daily to some of the best hiking trails in Pumalin National Park, including the Volcano Chaiten, Cascadas Escondidas, Alerces, Tronador, etc. There are 11 trails in the park to discover and enjoy.
PM: We will meet you at Lodge Caleta Gonzalo. After settling into your cabin, we will provide you with a replenishing lunch. In the afternoon, we will take you on a guided walk along one of the trails near the Lodge, such as the Cascadas Trail or the eastern side of the Lodge, where you can explore the organic garden, the beach, and the hidden pools of the Gonzalo River. Later in the afternoon, our guide will brief you on the activities planned for the next day. In the evening, you can enjoy a delicious dinner and relax in your cabin.
Days 2, 3, 4 (depending on the selected program):
Our hiking days start early in the morning with a delightful breakfast at the restaurant. We will provide you with a box-lunch for the day’s excursion, which you can carry in your backpack. At 9:00 a.m., our van will depart from the Lodge to take you to the starting point of each trail. The selection of trails for the day will depend on various factors such as weather conditions, the interests, and abilities of the guests. Your guide will make the final decision regarding the destination. Some popular trails include Cascadas (near the Lodge), Cascadas Escondidas, Alerces, Tronador, Interpretativo Volcán, Michinmahuida, and of course, Volcán Chaitén.
On the day of your departure, you will have breakfast at the Lodge, and then you are free to continue your journey either north or south along the Carretera Austral.