Parque Nacional Melimoyu, Carretera Austral, Patagonia, Chile


Access: From Puerto Raul Marin Balmaceda (sea navigation required)

Along Melimoyu’s coasts, the Blue Whales are the protagonists. It’s estimated that 10% of the world’s population of cetaceans migrate to the Corcovado Gulf during the Southern Hemisphere summer to feed on Krill.

Dozens of rivers flow from the area’s glaciers into its channels and fjords, bringing organic material from the forests and bogs and giving life to an aquatic ecosystem rich with biodiversity where an abundance of wildlife makes its home.

This pristine habitat in Cisnes features incredible landscapes dominated by the imposing Melimoyu Volcano (which means “four pieces” in Mapudungún). It was once considered to be a possible entry point to the mythical, and perhaps enchanted, City of the Caesars.

Brief details
  • Open: Not currently open to the public
  • Area: 258,223 acres
  • Climate: Rainy and Temperate
  • Rainfall: 113 inches annually
  • Ecosystem: Evergreen Forest and Patagonian Subantarctic Forest
  • Founded: In process
Suggested Places of Interest and / or Activities
  • See the Melimoyu Volcano (7,874 feet above sea level).
  • Explore the channels and fjords in February and March, looking out for Blue Whales and other species such as Orcas, Humpback Whales, Chilean Dolphins, and Peale’s Dolphins.
  • Spend time in the forest trying to spot endangered species such as the Pudú Deer and Darwin’s Frog.
  • Visit the town of Melimoyu to learn first-hand about the last wave of settlers in Chile.

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