Situated between 44º22′ latitude south and 72º25′ latitude west, Queulat National Park is located in the Aysén region, with the Hanging Glacier (Ventisquero Colgante) only 15 minutes from the jetty of Puyuhuapi Lodge & Spa. Its highest summit is the Alto Nevado, at 2,255 meters above sea level, from which comes the Hanging Glacier with its impressive cascade.
Within its area of more than 154 thousand hectares, it is possible to find an extraordinary environment comprising virgin forest, fjords, channels, glaciers, and ice fields. Its rocky hillsides, deep and steep valleys, and impressive snowcaps and snowdrifts show the remains of glaciations that took place thousands of years ago. The weather is damp, with abundant precipitation throughout the whole year, which reaches between 3,500mm and 4,000mm, and the various sectors of the Park have an average annual temperature of between 4°C and 9°C.
The flora and fauna of the woods are rich. In the woods’ evergreen vegetation you can find coigües, tepas, lumas, arrayanes, tineo, mañíos, canelo, ciruelillos, and a thicket with a huge variety of ferns, orchids, creepers, coicopihues, quila, chilcos (magallanic fuschia), and enormous nalcas.
Numerous birds are found amongst the fauna, like the black woodpecker, the hummingbird, the ringdove, the great bustard, the huet-huet, the small parrot, the kingfisher, a variety of ducks, and the chucao. Pudúes, which are the smallest deer in the world, zorro culpeo (Andean fox), the puma, and the guiña (Andean mountain cat) also inhabit the area. Also, in the waters of the Queulat Fjord and the Puyuhuapi Sound it is possible to spot chilean dolphins, seals and wide variety of seabirds, like herons and the beautiful black-necked swans, among others.
Walking the paths that penetrate the woods is a beautiful experience, where you can enjoy, as constant company, the singing of the birds, the sound of the water, and the surprising views. The main cascade of the Nationalpark is loaded by the Hanging Glacier and falls from its great height to a cliff, at the base of which, across the years, materials have accumulated from thawing and avalanches.