Hornopiren, Carretera Austral.
Hornopiren meaning "Snowy volcano", is a beautiful village of + - 4,500 inhabitants, head of the commune of Hualaihué, adjacent to the Hornopirén National Park, located at the foot of the volcano of 1,572 m. Of altitude, distant to 109 kilometers to the south of Puerto Montt, is considered "the north door of the Austral Road.
From Puerto Montt, after traveling the first 100 kms. From the Austral Road in direction south (route 7), halfway, you must cross by ferry (from La Arena to Puelche) in the estuary of Reloncaví, a journey of approximately 4 hours, which includes a 30 minute navigation.
From Hornopiren they shelter and sail year-round ferries to Caleta Leptepu, and from here by the Carretera Austral to Chaitén by car or by bus. The barge trip to Caleta Leptepu lasts three and a half hours.
The main economic activities of the locality are tourism, services, and fish farming with the cultivation of marine species, and among the main salmonids.
In Hornopirén there are banks, ATMs, pharmacies, financial and hospital with basic public health care, police holding, vulcanizations and bencinera pump.
It has small hotels, lodgings, cabins, residential, camping sites, as well as several restaurants-kitchens, cafes and shops located in the center of town.
Shortly before arriving to Hornopirén you will find the famous Pichicolo Thermal Baths, which have become a great tourist attraction. Hornopirén, is a small town adjacent to Hornopirén National Park, distant 109 kilometers from Puerto Montt, and capital of the commune of Hualaihué, Palena province.
In order to go to the Llancahue Hot Springs, on the island of the same name, you can get to Cahuelmó thermal baths by boat, a little further afield, ideal to take walks in local fishing boats for the day and get into the southern fjords.
From Hornopirén, through the sector of Chaqueihua, it is possible to accede to the Hornopirén National Park , to admire the beautiful waters of the Black and White River and enjoy Lake General Pinto Concha and all the majesty of the Hornopirén Volcano, Whose maximum height is 1572 meters, through dense trails of native forest and Lake Cabrera, with its beautiful and winding paths. Visit the "Cascades of Doña Tato", whose waters fall from a height of about three meters. The road to Cholgo also constitutes a good alternative when looking for beautiful landscapes.
The park is remarkable for its breathtaking and stunning forests of alerce trees, which are noteworthy for their longevity. The species is the world’s second oldest living being, and can live for up to 3620 years, which is why the area’s original inhabitants (Mapuches) called them Lahuan, meaning grandfather in their language.
Patagonia is well known to fishing lovers. The region’s geographical and weather conditions have gifted fish species the perfect environment to breed and flourish. The pristine waters of the Huinay Cholgos, Quintupeu, Cisnes, Vodudahue, Cuchildeo, Río Negro and Rio Blanco Rivers are a fisherman’s dream, teeming with fish and pollution free.
The Río Blanco River is known for its crystalline waters and its beautiful and leafy vegetation, making it a tempting and exciting opportunity for kayaking and rafting on its rapids.