Near the village, about 3 kilometers, is the gateway to the "LAGO PUELO NATIONAL PARK", created in 1937 as an annex of the "Los Alerces National Park" and in 1971 it was declared independent National Park and Reserve; it includes also a Strict Nature Reserve. It can be reached by paved route Nº 16, either in your own car or by bus from El Bolsón.

Route Nº16 to the National Park

Signs in the entrance of the Park
 This park protects the Andean patagonian forest in the transition to the Valdivian rainforest, which enters to our country in this place between the hills "Aguja Norte" (North Needle) and "Aguja Sur" (South Needle). The treasured landscapes are really stunning: the mountains of the Andes, the important moun "Tres Picos" (Three Peaks), the blue water of the lake and the lush vegetation.

Mount "Tres Picos" (Three Peaks)

General view of the Puelo lake
In the lake you can do both kayaking or motor boats trips. There are tours to differente points like:
  • "El Turbio", Turbio river mouth and where you can be off the boat and walk through the very small town,
  • "Los Hitos", al the border with Chile
Sailing across the lake

Puelo Lake
In the summer and sunny days, people enjoy a sandy beach called "La Playita", where you can swim because the water is warm. In this National Park you can practice hiking, river rafting, rock climbing, fly-fishing, bird-watching till you enjoy nature.

Puelo Lake and Mount "Tres Picos"
 There are several circuits for those who love trekking, one of the most beautiful is that called "Bosque de las Sombras" (Forest of Shadows) and the strangest is the "Pitranto Grande" (Big Pitranto). Both trails go into the forest, where you can see different type of trees: pitra, myrtle, mountain cypress, lenga, coihue, radal and many types of ferns.
Forest of Shadows
Forest of Shadows

Forest of Shadows
Pitranto Grande

Pitranto Grande

Pitranto Grande
This park is a refuge for the huemul, a small deer that is natural monument and is in danger of extinction. Another endagered animal is the pudú, the world´s smallest deer that lives in the chilean forests. There are also pumas, foxes, and other not so well known species like the huillín (patagonian otter) and monkey forest.
Many species of birds fly in these skies: chimangos, mandolins, thrushes and several types of ducks.

During high season (summer time) there are some coffe shops and grill areas, also thre´re two camping sites. If you like trekking, you can climb the Currumahuida hill through a path of 800 meters to a viewpoint located 150 meters height, which allows the observation of the lake and its beautiful surrounding area.

Lake´s Viewpoint

Viewpoint from the Currumahuida

Lake´s Viewpoint
The Botanical Garden of Lago Puelo is located inside the National Park and there are many hiking trails as:
  • The voice of the maple trail,
  • the Population Rietman trail,
  • the Cypress grove trail,
  • and the Pitras trail.
Botanical Garden

Voice of the maple trail
 I´ll try to let you more of this beautiful and special park in other posts. But I think that you would like this place and this refuge of nature...


  1. I'm dreaming each time I see your photos! ;-) Que Paz! Que Beleza!
    Bjs! Gracias por compartir!

  2. Oh how I would love to go for a walk in that beautiful park. A whole day wouldn't be enough, I think.

  3. Margarida Elias,
    Just a plane,

    Thank you for your words!! It´s a beuatiful park... and no, it is not enough one day to see all the things that are in this place...
    Thanks again!!!