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Facts and tips for visiting the Puelo River Valley

For your next vacation, do not miss one of the most beautiful corners of the Lakes Region, the valley of the Puelo River with its crystal clear waters, parks, mountains, larch, waterfalls, lagoons, hot springs and villages.

The Puelo River descends from Argentina (Chubut) and flows into the Reloncaví estuary and in its route forms Lake Tagua Tagua, an access route to important places such as Tagua Tagua Park and Llanada Grande, among others. And it is an ideal place for trout and salmon fishing, as it has a long season from September to May.

Here we leave you a couple of facts and tips so that you have the best experience:


BUS: Buses Río Puelo 65-2254187 Terminal Pto Montt of 47

You can take a bus from Puerto Montt or Puerto Varas.

Departure times: Monday to Sunday 7:45 Pto Montt / 8:20 Pto Varas

Return times: Monday to Sunday 13:45 Embarcadero Canelo / 14:15 Río Puelo

It's almost 3h30 of travel. In summer consider that there may be no seats left... So you might have to stand for several hours.


Another option is to venture by car to have more autonomy.

Route 7 - Route V-69 (includes Ferry)

You can reach the Reloncaví Estuary from Puerto Montt, following the southern road for a few kilometers before taking the barge from Caleta La Arena to Puelche (every 30 minutes approx) and then going up a dirt road in very bad condition (first road on the left) taking route V-69 towards Puelo. They are 88.5 km, 2h30 approx.

Route 225 - Route V-69

From Puerto Varas you can take the road to Ensenada, take the direction Ralún / Cochamó, continue bordering the entire Reloncaví fjord enjoying the view of the Yates volcano until you reach the Valle Puelo crossing, just after passing the Puelo River and before reaching the center of the town Puelo (worth the redundancy hahaha).

After a few km, you will reach Lake Tagua Tagua, gateway to the valley. They are 143 kms, Approx 2h45 hours through breathtaking landscapes.

When you arrive in Puelo, a town of about 5500 inhabitants, you must access Punta Canelo to take the Don Felipe barge ( or the Caupolicán barge (, ferries that make the crossing of Lake Tagua Tagua in a navigation of approximately 50 minutes to Puerto Maldonado.

Ferries have defined schedules (see below) and you must arrive 15 minutes before departure. Boarding is on a first-come, first-served basis (although residents have priority) and is paid upon arrival.

For updated schedules, check with suppliers:

High season: December to March


Punta Canelo to Puerto Maldonado:

06:00 - 08:00 - 10:00 - 12:00 - 14:00 - 16:00 -18:00 - 20:00

Puerto Maldonado to Punta Canelo

07:00 - 09:00 - 11:00 - 13:00 - 15:00 - 17:00 - 19:00 - 21:00

High season: December to March


Punta Canelo to Puerto Maldonado:

07:30 - 09:30 - 11:30 - 15:30

Puerto Maldonado to Punta Canelo:

08:30 - 10:30 - 13:30 - 16:30

From Puerto Maldonado you can cross by boat to the Tagua Tagua Park, a service that must be coordinated in advance. A 10-minute crossing to reach a private protected area of 3000 hectares, founded in 2013 for preservation, scientific research and ecotourism.

The last week of January is celebrated the Puelina Week, and the second week of February the Traditional Festival of Llanada Grande takes place, unmissable to know the local culture and its inhabitants.

In this magical area you can go horseback riding, rafting, trekking, mountaineering, kayaking, bird watching, fishing and relax enjoying the surroundings.

Important fact: In January the gadflies arrive, it is advisable to wear light / pastel or white clothes as they love dark colors and humidity.

What places you should NOT miss during your visit:

* Termas del Sol ( 08:30 - 22:30 horas

* Valle Ventisquero (

* Parque Tagua Tagua ( Visits only with reservations 48 hrs before.

We are operators, if you need us to organize your trip, do not hesitate to contact us: info@jasspuertovaras + 569 6590 6458

Dare to explore a unique corner; Travel experiences that will mark your life!

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