Getting There

If driving, head south on Rte. 7, winding past tiny villages on the gravel road until you reach Chaica, about 35km (22 miles) from Puerto Montt, where a sign indicates the road to the park entrance at the left. The park ranger station is open from 9am to 5pm, so leave your car outside the gate if you plan to return later than 5pm. Travelers without a vehicle can take Buses Fierro (tel. 65/289024 or 65/253022) headed in the direction of Hornopirén from the main terminal in Puerto Montt (ask to be dropped off at Chaica); however, the bus (six daily services), which costs $3.50 (£2.30), leaves visitors at an entrance road 4km (2 1/2 miles) from the park ranger station. You might consider hiring a tour operator to take a day trip or possibly to organize an advance pickup date if you plan to camp. To get to the Lago Chapo sector, head south on Rte. 7 for about 9km (5 1/2 miles) to Chamiza; just before the bridge, take a left toward the town Correntoso and drive 19km (12 miles) to the park entrance. Buses Fierro (tel. 65/289024 or 65/253022) has two daily trips, costing $3 (£2), to Correntoso that leave from the main terminal in Puerto Montt; from here, it's a 2-hour walk to the park entrance. For tours to either of the park's sectors, try Andina del Sud, in Puerto Varas at Del Salvador 72 (tel. 65/232811;; the company's main office is in Puerto Montt at Antonio Varas 437 (tel. 65/257797).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.