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On May 2, 2008, the nearby Chaitén Volcano erupted, forcing the Chilean government to evacuate the nearby town of Chaitén, which was once home to 3,000 people and a growing travel destination in its own right. The government decided to rebuild the town at a coastal village called Santa Barbara a few miles to the north. However, if you are traveling by ferry to and from Chiloé or Puerto Montt, you will pass through Chaitén. If necessary, you can stay overnight in town as there are a few hotels that remain open throughout the year. You can buy food and other supplies in town before your southbound journey.
Chaitén at a Glance
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