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Wonderful Puerto Blest

 Estimated reading time: 1 min. Texts Marcos Rodriguez   Photos Eduardo Epifanio
Port Blest

An enchanted, magical, unique natural nook.

In order to reach the pier at Puerto Blest, visitors should set out at Puerto Pañuelo, on the Llao Llao Peninsula, and head for the quite long and very narrow Blest Arm.

The access to this part of Lake Nahuel Huapi is surrounded by Isla Centinela -Sentry Island- (where the grave of “perito” Francisco P. Moreno is located), Capilla and Millaqueo Hills.

The beginning of the tour is delightful indeed. Countless thick forests of cypresses and coihue trees may be observed all along the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi. Huge magnificent mountains make up the range that escorted us during the entire tour.
Port Blest
Shortly before entering the arm, we spotted Islas Mellizas -which stands for “Twin Islands”- and we learned that the deepest measured point of the lake so far -454 meters- lies very close to them.

Coihue and Patagonian Cypress Woodlands

Before entering Blest Bay, the watercraft got past Playa de las Arañas (Spiders Beach) and Cascada Blanca (White Cascade). After one hour’s navigation, we arrived in Puerto Cántaro, amidst the Valdivian rainforest. This spot is one of the most humid in the country: rainfall records reach 4,000 annual millimeters.

Very tall coihues and Patagonian cypresses may be spotted in this area. They grow on an understory made up by low bushes, covered by lianas and climbing plants. The atmosphere is humid and the site is ideal for grass, moss and fungi to grow.

At Puerto Cántaro, a thick and coquettish trail opens up towards Los Cántaros Pond, where a cascade is formed and Puerto Blest may be observed on the opposite margin.
Port Blest
Puerto Blest is the departure point towards Pérez Rosales international pass. It is amazing to see the bushy woodlands of palo santo and the giant ancient Patagonian cypresses. They feature a unique kind of beauty visitors to Patagonia should not miss.
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How to get here
boats leave from the Bariloche harbor or from Puerto Pañuelo, which is reached along National Route 237, towards the West.
daily outing timetables depend on the various agencies offering this lake tour.
after this tour, go on the lake crossing tour to Chile.
Limay Travel
V.A. O´Connor 710 (8400) San Carlos de Bariloche - Río Negro - Argentina
Tel/Fax: +54 294 442-8430 / 442-0268  
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Level of Difficulty
Tour Kind
lake navigation
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The Detail

In the beautiful Valdivian forest, unique species such as the ciprés de las guaitecas, the male and female maniú and the fuinque grow up. But, beyond any doubt, one of the nicest and most attractive trees is the alerce (Patagonian cypress), a giant and extremely long-lived plant. Specimens growing in the Port Blest area can reach 1,500 years of age, approximately.

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