Located: 73km West from La junta
Puerto Raul is a tiny fishing village and a settlement of a few houses, located about 73km due west from La Junta. The road to get here is unpaved. This is a place for a “total cut off” from society and the “real World”. This is where there is no electricity at night, where the stars are bright, the bird song fills the morning air, and the gentle lapping of water are the only sounds that interrupt the stillness.
The village sits n the edge of the edge of the 204,000 acre Tic Toc Marine Park, home to pristine beaches and numerous varieties of marine life.
On the eastern side of the village is the Pitipalena Fiord where there are often dolphins, penguins and occasionally orcas. The fiord, which is home to the Palena river, flows directly into the Pacific Ocean.
The Palena River is known for its excellent salmon and trout fishing, but also offers great kayaking and rafting. In the distance is the Corcovado National Park covering 726,000 acres.
- 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.
Parque Nacional Melimoyu
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.
Note: The information above is supplied by the Tomkins Foundation.