Corvado National Park
The Yelcho Glacier is largely inside the 209,623-hectare (517,990-acre) Corcovado National Park, established in 2005, but at press time without services or any trails beyond the access to the glacier. The park stretches almost from the Yelcho River south to the Río Rodríguez, skirted by the Carretera Austral along its eastern fringe. It features two volcanoes, the Corcovado with its angled summit and the Nevado, and is being developed for whale-watching -- most famously in the amusingly named Tic Toc Bay -- similarly to the Tantauco project on Chiloé across the Corcovado Gulf.
The nearest village to the bay is miniscule Puerto Raúl Marín Balmaceda, where the Palena River meets the ocean at the end of the road from La Junta. The road, however, doesn't quite reach it yet; there's a spot upstream on the Palena River where boats depart for the 40-minute trip to the village.
Several tour operators offer kayak trips down the river, and the estancia-type Bahía Mala Lodge 10km (6 miles) farther down the coast offers luxury accommodations and a variety of outdoor activities; it's owned and run by Belgian developers based in Buenos Aires (tel. 54-11/4311-1919; www.burcoadventure.com). Visits to a few hot springs along the Palena are also available from Puerto Raúl Marín Balmaceda.
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