(Driving time: 1 h approx.– 55 km/35mi)
From Caleta Gonzalo, the Carretera Austral leads you through Pumalín National Park to the town of Chaitén today, bordered by huge ferns and the native, rhubarb-resembling Nalca plants.
On the way, pass by Chaitén Volcano, whose unexpected explosion in 2008, after millennia of inactivity, caused far-reaching damage in the surroundings. Nowadays an impressive hike leads up to its top. While the incredible destruction is still visible, it is beautiful to see how native pioneer plants start covering the barren top once again.
Your destination for today is the eponymous port town, the region´s main commercial and administrative center. In fact, it exists in its current location only from 2008, when the explosion made an immediate evacuation necessary.
Accommodation: 3*-Hotel in Chaitén