Jan 20-21, 2019 – 98km Castro to Parque Tantauco
I’d gotten all the information I needed at the Castro office for Parque Tantauco. I anticipated a first class operation. 🙂
The ride was 80km of minor highway. Then 18km up a hilly gravel road. I didn’t stop for photos.
About 7pm I rolled up to the Park gates. Staff was playing with a family of foxes!
Too late in the day to make it to the first campground, friendly Rangers recommended I camp just outside the gates. For free.
Next morning I enjoyed a leisurely 20km ride stopping frequently to enjoy the sights. 😀
It’s not crowded. There are only about 8000 visitors a year. This is considered a remote part of Chile.
I didn’t think the 38km road to Lake Chaiguata was particularly difficult in dry weather. Apparently you need a 4-wheel-drive when it’s wet.
I carried up only what I needed for one night. Stashed the rest of my kit back by the Park gates.
Chaiguata is one of two campsites. The other is accessible only by floatplane, boat … or 5-day walk.
The billionaire President of Chile developed this Park privately. I have to say it’s MUCH grander than if the government of Chile developed it.
Park entrance is C$7.
The campsites are fantastic. As good as anywhere in the world. At C$30 / night each, they are expensive for Chile. It was raining as I set up.
Unique are these domes available for rent.
There are hot tubs for rent too.
My favourite spot was the expensive restaurant.
I highly recommend visiting unique Parque Tantauco. It’s a memorable experience.