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This mossy fishing village of about 500 residents is one of the oldest along the Carretera Austral. It was founded in 1935 by German immigrants fleeing the economic ravages of post-World War I Europe. As in much of Patagonia, Chile offered free land to settlers with the idea of making annexation by Argentina more difficult. Those early immigrants ventured into the wilderness to clear the
forests and make way for farms.
Today this sleepy town near Quelat National Park and Termas de Puyuhuapi is a convenient stopover for those headed farther south in the region. It has a few modest guesthouses, as well as some markets and a gas station.
On May 2, 2008, the nearby Chaitén Volcano erupted, forcing the Chilean government to evacuate the nearby town of Chaitén, which was once home...
Ten streets radiate from the central plaza. Horn, one of the most colorful, holds the crafts stands of the Feria Artesanal. Balmaceda connects...