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The most amazing part of the Melimoyu Lodge is the biodiversity offered by its surroundings: incredible native forests, rivers, lakes, volcanoes, glaciers and hanging glaciers are just some of the natural wonders our guests will have the opportunity to enjoy.

Situated along the banks of the Palena River, the Lodge is located in an internationally-renowned valley, known as one of the best and most beautiful natural sites for fly-fishing. Our guides are specialized experts and will introduce you to the best fishing holes and breathtaking scenery.

The Patagonia

The Patagonia name was given to the region by Hernando de Magallanes’ expedition in 1520 at the service of the King of Spain, after coming into contact with the Tehuelche natives who called themselves Patagones.

 

Its untamed and exuberant nature makes the area one-of-a-kind.

The unspoiled beauty of the Northern Patagonia, make it one of the most scenic parts of Chile. A ride down the Carretera Austral, which stretches over more than 1,240 km from Puerto Montt to Villa O’Higgins, offers the possibility of discovering unexplored lands, with hanging glaciers, glaciers, rivers, lakes and forests that have been declared national reserves.

The area’s attractions are many and include Lake Yelcho, Hornopirén National Park, Pumalín Park, Futaleufú National Reserve, Palena National Reserve, Futaleufú River, Lake Elizalde, Simpson River National Reserve, Queulat National Park, Puyuhuapi, Cisnes River, Bernardo O’higgins National Park, Cerro Castillo National Reserve, Tamango National Reserve, Marble Caves Nature Sanctuary, Jorge Montt Glacier, Icefields and San Rafael Glacier.

Location

It is located in the most southern part of the continental Chilean territory. In addition to the continental territory (1,250,000 km² of surface), the region occupies a portion of Antarctic territory (132.033 km²), making it one of the biggest regions of the country.

Weather

The Patagonia has a range of climates and microclimates, depending on the altitude, distance to the ocean and winds in the region. Unlike the rest of the country, where the Andes form a natural border between Chilean and Argentina, in the Patagonia, the Andes directly border the Pacific Ocean. This has an impact on the coastal and island climate (Aysén), with 6,000 mm of rainfall each year in some areas, transition climate (Coyhaique), with 950 mm, and pampa or steppe climate (Balmaceda), with 500 mm.

Flora & Fauna

This area, with its different microclimates, is marked by both geographical and wildlife diversity. South Andean deer, foxes, pudús, pumas and skunks are just some of the mammals you will find around Aysén. In terms of flora, the most common species are the coigüe, cypress, Winter’s bark, tineo, plum pine (or mañio) and tepa.

 

Attractions

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Melimoyu Volcano (from the Mapudungun “meli”: four, “moyu”: udders)

As its name suggests, the volcano used to have four points, but two of these were lost in a strong earthquake (or due to volcanic activity, according to other versions).

This active volcano in the Northern Patagonia of Chile, is located south of the mouth of the Palena River, just across from the island of Melinka. Along the border of the crater are two distinguished peaks, with the northern peak being the volcano’s highest point. It is surrounded on all sides by a dense Valdivian rainforest, making it difficult to access its glaciers and keeping this impressive summit untouched until the year 2000.

Legend has it that the Melimoyu Volcano chooses its visitors and appears in their dreams, and will send more and more signs as the chosen one comes closer to the volcano.

 

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Palena River

This important river begins in Lake Vintter in Argentina, where it carries the name Carrenleufú River. Its major tributaries include the Encuentro, Tigre, Moro and El Tranquilo rivers, giving this important river white water rapids and a calm surface.

This river is perfect for fishing along the bank or in small boats. Numerous backwaters, rock walls and fishing holes provide great conditions for fishing brown and rainbow trout, and salmon.

 

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Cold Rainforest

Melimoyu belongs to the Chiloe-Valdivian Ecoregion, a reserve composed of large stretches of native forest. It is included in the Magellan marine province of the South American temperate oceanic ecozone and is found exclusively in Central-Southern Chile, in the southeastern Pacific waters of the Regions of Los Ríos, Los Lagos and Aysén. It covers all bodies of water and coasts from the north of the Region of Los Rios to the Taitao peninsula in the south.

 

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Ventisquero Queulat

One of the most fascinating tourist attractions is the Queulat glacier, located 105 km from our Lodge. Famous for its grandeur and beauty, it offers a landscape of turquoise blue and green tones that give it the appearance of a natural monument. Its name Queulat, or Queolat in the language of the native Chonos, means “sound of waterfalls”. It was declared a National Park on October 13, 1983, which covers a surface area of 154,093 hectares and is open to tourists from September to April. The park offers a number of leisure activities including trekking, excursions, boat rides, bike trails, camping and picnic areas, fly-fishing, horseback rides, photography and nature walks. Its most important attractions include the rivers, glaciers, the Queulat hanging glacier, the Padre García waterfall, the Témpanos lagoon, the Cóndor waterfall, Lake Risopatrón, Los Pumas lagoon and Cuesta Queulat.

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