The wild and beautiful Aysén District of Chile that lies south of Chiloé and Puerto Montt, is your destination today. This exceptional tour allows you a glimpse of the glorious landscape that makes up this wet and windy region that is part of the Chilean Patagonia.
From the pier, it's a brief 15-minute drive through some magnificent scenery to the recently inaugurated Aikén del Sur Private Park. A sense of wonder, adventure and connection with the virgin forests of Patagonia, are but a few of the emotions you'll experience on this expedition. You will be awe-struck by the placid, transparent blue waters of Riesco Lake which covers nearly nine square miles, a 72-foot cascading waterfall and the indigenous perennial forests, flora and fauna of the park.
Upon arrival, you will first visit the information center, where an informative introduction to the area is provided. Tutorial stations will tell the bio-geographical history of the region through three nature trails that are uniquely paved, railed and bridged, each containing a wealth of scenic sights and places to rest along the way. Spectacular views of nearby lakes, rivers, hills and mountains can be seen from the strategically placed viewing locations and the singing of the autochthonous birds provides a relaxing natural concert of sound. The River Trail takes you just over a mile into the deep nature of the Patagonia, traveling through prairies and the humid forest that characterizes this part of the world. At the end of the trail, you'll find yourself at the impressive Old Man's Beard waterfall. After a stop for photos, you'll return to the information center via the Waterfall Trail. Re-boarding your transportation, you'll head to the quincho, where a delicious typical Patagonian barbeque lunch will be served. Following this relaxing respite, you'll be returned to the pier where your tour concludes.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 1 1/2 miles of moderate walking over mostly even surfaces. It is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. It is recommended that guests dress in layers and wear a hat and flat, comfortable walking shoes.