trip report by BestHike editor Rick McCharles
- 6.6km return to observation platform
- rough and muddy trail
There’s a visitor centre explaining the various short hikes.
You start on a long suspension bridge.
I was there on a rainy day. Most days are rainy.
This is dense Valdivian temperate rain forest. Parts of the park receive up to 4,000 mm (157 in) of precipitation annually.
There is some boardwalk, but expect to get muddy. (I wore neoprene booties rather than socks.)
Here’s the viewpoint as I saw it.
On descending I’d definitely recommend adding a short spur trail to Laguna Tempanos.
It’s a different perspective from the lake.
Everyone is happy to visit Quelat. A weird and wonderful microclimate.
I wore neoprene booties instead of socks. Inside my feet were warm, wet and smelly.
Queulat National Park is is 23-kilometers away from pretty Puyuhuapi town, the normal jumping off point for travelers.