Palena - Queulat Area

Palena - Queulat Area

Meet the Women of the Agricultural Club of the Valleys

In La Junta, you'll have the unforgettable opportunity to visit with the awesome ladies of the Women's Agricultural Club of the Valleys! Every Friday, year round, and Mondays during the summer, in the community center of La Junta, a group of the most powerful, talented and funny women of Patagonia, gathers to hold their own farmer's market. Things go fast! Don't miss the chance to enjoy their farm-fresh vegetables, marmalades, chili sauce, eggs and other delights.

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Wind through the unexplored valleys of La Junta

Be among the few who have traveled this photogenic route winding through the unknown Mirta, Cuarto and Quinto valleys. The valleys are home to one of the most authentic traditional festivals of the area and several of the ingenious women farmers of the Women?s Agricultural Club of the Valleys. There are also great opportunities for trekking, fishing and horseback riding.

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Paddle the Palena River along the former route of the ?Chatas?

The first settlers who arrived in La Junta made their way upriver, in row boats called ?chatas?, rowing their way against the current of the Palena River to reach the interior. Retrace their route, but this time traveling down river (we promise that it is much easier and fun!) And if you want to do it with 100+ other fans of the water, join in on the annual event, the Ruta del Palena (Route of the Palena), that takes place in February.

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Travel Rosselot's historic route from the valleys to the sea

The Heritage Route between La Junta and Raúl Marín Balmaceda offers great views of the Palena River, evergreen forests, streams, waterfalls and historic farmhouses of the pioneers who first settled the area. Meander, take pictures, visit natural hot springs, learn a little history and end this adventure with a barefoot walk in the sand on the beaches of the Island of the Lions.

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Prepare this traditional Patagonian Cazuela that combines the flavors of the valleys and the sea

The essence of a place is often experienced through its traditional flavors and recipes, as is definitely the case with this recipe for Cazuela de Cordero con Luche (Lamb and Seaweed Stew). It?s a favorite in this part of Aysén, where many settlers have the sea in their heritage and ranching as their life?s work. Learn more with this great recipe!

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Discover a hidden treasure: Raúl Marín Balmaceda

Puerto Raúl Marín Balmaceda is a small village, nestled at the mouth of the Palena River which, little by little, is revealing itself to travelers who are enchanted to discover its many charms; lush forests, wide beaches, sand dunes, and abundant marine fauna. Walk around awhile and take in the natural beauty or take a boat tour out into the channels to see dolphins, sea lions and birds.

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Follow the Chucao Trail to the sea in Raúl Marín

You?ve left the stress of the city far behind and the moment couldn?t be more perfect to breathe in the smell of the forest and walk along the shores of the sea, the sand on your feet, and the wind on your face. The rhythmic noise of the waves accompanies you as you make your way through this beautiful trail, full of surprises and pristine nature.

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Head to Lago Verde for great fishing and lots more!

Until a few years ago, the rivers and lakes between La Junta and Lago Verde were known for the huge challenge they presented for settlers in the area, but today, they?ve reached a new fame. Fans of recreational fishing come from all over the world to enjoy the incredible variety of challenges and conditions present in this sector of the Palena ? Queulat Area.

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Summer in Patagonia is synonymous with Asado al Palo

It is almost unthinkable to travel through Patagonia without tasting the delicious traditional way of barbecuing lamb, called asado al palo. Here, we share the secrets of its preparation and its importance in the Aysén culture.

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Experience gaucho style hospitality at the El Silencio Ranch

When you cross the bridge over the Risopatrón River and visit the El Silencio Ranch, you will be surrounded by the life work of a true gaucho, Don Santos Altamirano: his hand built rustic Fogón, his music and stories, his delicious Asados and smoked meats and his latest creation, the El Silencio trail, a beautiful hike that winds between ancient forests and the Risopatrón River.

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Sip the flavor of Patagonia during the ritual of drinking mate

More than a hot drink for a cold day or a pick-me-up in the morning, yerba mate is a tradition in Patagonia; a facilitator for socializing and getting to know one another. Drinking yerba mate is big in this part of the world and it?s pretty likely that you will be invited to join in at some point in your travels. Prepare yourself and learn a little more of this symbol of the culture of Patagonia.

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Pedal between curanto and küchen in Puyuhuapi

In addition to panoramic views of the Puyuhuapi Fjord and Queulat National Park, Puyuhuapi is full of unique heritage that mixes the traditions of Germany and Chiloé. It?s the perfect place to explore on two wheels.

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