(en español)



Nicholas La Penna
Office: O´Higgins 67 / Bus Station Chaiten X Region
Mobile Phone 56+9+74685608 -Land Line (065) 731429.
Skype: nicolaslapenna

A special place where nature abounds.

I invite you to explore this area through these photos I made.

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Chaiten, arrival by ferry at dawn

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Pumalin Park, the ancient Alerce forests

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Local wooden fishing boats and the Corcovado Volcano

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Group by Lago Yelcho

"This should be your first port of call in Chaitén." -- The South American Handbook

Chaitur Excursions is a small, family-run company that has been helping travellers discover and enjoy this amazing area of Chile for over twelve years. Around Chaitén we do:

  • Trips to Pumalin Park, the most diverse temperate rainforest in the world, including hikes to the ancient Alerce forest, with trees over 3000 years old, and amazing waterfalls.
  • Trekking, to the astounding Yelcho and Michimahuida glaciers
  • Chaitén Volcano, photographic trips with geological and ecological orientation. Also Ascents to the caldera´s rim. Views of the Chaitén Volcano´s Rhyolite Lava Dome.
  • Relaxing days at the natural hot baths in El Amarillo
  • Walks along the black volcanic sands of Santa Barbara beach
  • Boat excursions to sea lion colonies
  • Organizing of rafting and kayaking on the world-famous Rio Futaleufú
  • Special trips for your special interests, such as photography, fishing, bird watching, trekking, horseback riding and scientific investigations.
  • Mountain Bike Rental.

Outside of the Chaitén area we do private excursions along the whole of the ´Carretera Austral´, the unique Chilean Southern Highway.

Transportation Services: Buses to Futaleufu, Coyhaique, Pto. Montt, La Junta, Puyuhuapi and Reservations for Airplanes and Ferry.

Our Chaitur office in the bus terminal is the one stop for travel services and information in Chaitén.

Bus Schedule Spring 2016 Chaitur Office.

We sell tickets for all the different buses that travel along the ´Carretera Austral´. This is the current Bus Schedule for Spring 2016. Will update for the Summer 2017. ( Usually Chaiten - to Coyhaique  there are five trips a week.

  • Buses Chaiten to Coyhaique, Puyuhuapi, and La Junta, on Wednesday and Sunday, leaving the Chaitur office at 11:30hrs. (more trips later in January.(*will update)
  • Buses Chaiten to Futaleufú, Everyday leaving the Chaitur office at 12:00hrs.
  • Also a second trip Chaitén to Futaleufú Every day at 16:00hrs approx.
  • Buses Chaiten to La Junta on Monday and Friday leaving the Chaitur office at 16:00hrs.*Connections to Puyuhuapi and Coyhaique next day at 05:00hrs.
  • Buses Chaiten to Palena, Everyday leaving the Chaitur office at 12:00hrs.
  • Also a second trip Chaitén to Palena Every day at 16:00hrs approx.
  • Other bus info.
  • Buses Chaitén to Pto. Montt the bus leaves every day at 11:00hrs. * This is a new travel option called The Bi-Modal Route. The bus travels on the Northern Carreterra Austral starting from Chaitén and travels thru to Pto. Montt by road and navigating the Fjords Reñihue, Comau, and Seno de Reloncavi by ferry.

We also sell tickets for the airlines that fly daily between Puerto Montt and Chaitén (The new air field at Santa Barbara) and can make reservations for the Ferries.

Other services we offer include reservations for lodging (see listings below), travel information, and a book exchange.

Also Internet service with a fast Fiber Optic connection.

We are fluent in Spanish and English and will be glad to help you in any way we can to come visit here, and enjoy this unique Chaiten and Chilean Northern Patagonia area.

Write us at nchaitur@hotmail.com or call us at mobile phone ++56 9 74685608 - Land Line (065) 731429.



Accommodations: Bed and Breakfast and Cabins in Chaitén

A list of Hospedajes and Cabins in Chaitén that are good, clean, friendly, with hot showers, electricity, and meals. They are people that love their town and have done their best to make your stay here enjoyable:

Cabañas Pudu calle 668, also have home cooked meals
Cabañas Brisas del Mar calle Corcovado 278
Hospedaje Don Carlos calle Almirante Riveros with Pratt, also have home cooked meals
Hospedaje Llanos Corcovado 378, also have home cooked meals
Hospedaje y Restaurant Corcovado, calle Corcovado 410, meals
El Refugio corner calle Corcovado with Juan Todesco, meals
Hotel Shilling calle Corcovado 258
Casa de Rita calle Almirante Riveros with Pratt
also Restaurant La Roca calle Almirante Riveros  just in front of the school.

Ferry Naviera Austral

Naviera Austral is the ferry connection to Chaitén. Their website is www.navieraustral.cl
It has the ferry destinations, times tables and tariffs, You can buy your tickets online.
In general the Naviera Austral Ferry Schedule says there are 5 trips a week between Pto. Montt - Chaitén,
1 trip a week between Quellon - Chaiten, 1 trip a week between Castro - Chaitén and 3 trips a week between Hornopiren - Chaitén.
If you have a vehicle, get your tickets in advance.

Chaitén: The good people of Chaitén are rebuilding the town they love. It has been eight and a half years since the Chaitén Volcanic Eruption. There is still a lot more to do.

If you have any questions about our town or area, write us and I'll try to answer them.