Puyuhuapi Lodge & Spa
Puyuhuapi Lodge & Spa is a beautiful ecolodge integrated with the surrounding scenery, reminiscent of the architecture of the island of Chiloé. It is the place from which you can enjoy a variety of activities: explore the lush temperate rainforest, journey along the Carretera Austral, discover the Queulat National Park, sail between Patagonian islands and fjords, enjoy thermal waters, relax with thalassotherapy treatments or massages in the spa, and delight yourself with the delicate gastronomy and fine selection of Chilean wines.
Puyuhuapi Lodge & SPA is a remote and exclusive spa. Ideal for adventure and disconnection, it is in the Aysen Region, along the Carretera Austral. Cross by boat towards a quiet bay where you will see the lodge and it`s beautiful architecture amidst stunning vegetation.
It started operations in 1990, using local resources for the buildings. The wood obtained from fallen trees have provided the basic material. Fresh mountain water helped to generate electricity through hydroelectric turbines. Because this energy depends mainly on the amount of water available, low consumption is a priority to maximize savings systems. However, they must support diesel generators, which were installed as far as possible away from guest facilities. The site also provides geothermal energy for heating and hot water energy. Imagine how it feels to your skin and hair after daily showers with natural water from the hot springs!
The Spa in Puyuhuapi Lodge is a privileged space with a huge window, from where there are panoramic views over the fjord and the snowy peaks of the Andes. In order to achieve a more playful atmosphere that invites you to rest and relax in the SPA, we have some facilities such as jets, waterfalls and cold shower that were incorporated. In addition, the Puyuhuapi hot springs have 3 outdoors pools, next to the fjord, which give the possibility to enjoy a comforting bath amid spectacular scenery, as well as night bath under the stars or a soft southern rain. But even if you prefer to stay in the room: Hot water and heating in the rooms also comes from thermal springs.
They chose not to have TV or cellular signal. Internet is available in one terminal, only if very necessary. They have telephones for national and international calls.
The lodge has 3 room types:
Superior king - 1 King Size bed (180x200 cm)
Superior Twin - 2 1½ plaza beds (90x200 cm)
Capitania - 1 Super King Size bed (200x220 cm)
All room types have a terrace facing the fjord, with spectacular views of the mountains, offering a private and peaceful atmosphere. No TV, cell phone signal, or internet so you can enjoy one of the few places truly pristine on earth to help raise awareness about the importance of living life in harmony with nature.
The lodge can offer just bed and breakfast, or half board options or all-inclusive. Here is a sample all-inclusive itinerary:
DAY 1: Airport Balmaceda / Coyhaique (BBA) – Puyuhuapi Lodge
Reception at Balmaceda airport on the first Lan flight. Begin your tour through the Aysén region, crossing 45 minutes of Patagonian pampa to reach the city of Coyhaique. After lunch, we continue along the scenic Austral Road to Puyuhuapi Lodge & Spa (3.15 hrs). Much of the trip is through extraordinary landscapes of dense forests between mountains and cliffs. In the afternoon we arrive at the lodge’s pier and then cross Puyuhuapi Channel by motorboat in just 10 minutes. Time stops in Patagonia and you’re invited to the spa for the first activity . At 8.30pm dinner will be served in our restaurant.
DAY 2 and 3: Puyuhuapi Lodge & Spa
The setting offered by the fjords and Queulat National Park are sublime, while the extraordinary botanical variation, the summits and snowdrifts are terrific. Navigate the quiet waters using sea kayaks, through channels and between islands, looking out for bird colonies and marine mammals like sea lions and bottlenose dolphins, or walk through semi-magical, fairy-tale like forests with lichens, fungi, mosses, ferns and flowers, before taking in spectacular views of the area, where the glaciers and lakes are the protagonists. Back at the lodge, you can enjoy the thermal waters and complete spa offering of relaxing massages and thalassotherapy sessions to unwind after a day full of excursions and impressions. Refined gastronomy with regional, fresh seafood and vegetables from our own greenhouse, along with a selection of fine Chilean wines, round off the day’s experience. At night,
don´t miss the outside hot-spring pools under Patagonian skies.
DAY 4: Puyuhuapi Lodge - Airport Balmaceda / Coyhaique (BBA)
After breakfast we board the motor-launch and cross Puyuhuapi Channel to return along the Austral Road to Balmaceda airport, lunch on route. Get the last flight of the day.
Hanging Glacier Trail
This trip starts by crossing the fjord in a motorboat. Then you shall continue 15 minutes in a vehicle to the Queulat National Park. The Ventisquero River runs throughout the glacial moraine valley molded by the Hanging Glacier. At short distance from the parking area, and after having passed the hanging bridge that crosses the river, the path that penetrates the beginning of the woods opens out and then goes round the valley created by the moraine.
Duration: Half-day. Difficulty: Medium
A walk for all kind of people. After crossing the fjord by motorboat, the journey will continue South for 15 minutes in vehicle. After walking approximately 600 meters along the path that accesses the edge of the Tempanos Lagoon, magnificent views will appear from the Hanging Glacier together with its impressive ice slides. A guide will provide you with information about the flora, fauna, and geology of the area.
Duration: 3 hours. Difficulty: Low
In the northern area of Queulat National Park is this 5.6 km path that climbs steeply through the natural woodland, and in it`s last stretch reaches Los Pumas Lagoon. The path develops through a staggered route that combines beautiful views of Lake Risopatrón and the deep green forest, giving way to the so-called Bosque de Transición y de Altura . The journey crosses a wide plateau in it`s highest part – 1,060m –which has spectacular views of the mountain chain that wraps around the Ventisquero Sound.
Duration: Full-day Difficulty: High
A walk that starts directly from the Lodge that crosses the Canelo Woods, passing by viewpoints that allows to observe spectacular views of Dorita Bay and the Puyuhuapi Channel, as well as finding a variety of the area’s ferns and native trees. The route advances through the shelter of the friendly canelo woods where, according to a legend, silver-colored leaves protects “spirits of the past”. The return journey can be done in a kayak in approximately 30 minutes, through the calm Dorita Bay.
Duration: 2.5 hours Difficulty: Low to Medium
A trip of medium difficulty by a path that advances through the Patagonian woods, between coigües, tepas, and mañíos, perfect for bird watching due to the wide variety of birds that inhabit this area: chucao, kingfishers, black woodpeckers, huet-huets, rayaditos, hummingbirds, and many others.
Duration: 1.5 hours Difficulty: Low to Medium
Explore in a sea kayak. Sail for 1–2 hours through the calm waters of the Puyuhuapi fjord, traveling past islands, islets, and fjords, and observing a wide variety of marine birds such as herons, black-necked swans, wandering albatross, coots, steamer ducks, penguins, amongst others.
The scenery offered by the Puyuhuapi Channel and the Jacaff Channel is sublime, and a visit to their islands and bays in dinghies is just exceptional, with the possibility of spotting bird colonies and, with a bit of luck, marine mammals like seals and bottlenose dolphins. Tour includes a boatman.