The crossing of Cerro Castillo, one of the most spectacular routes in Chilean Patagonia.

Created on June 19, 1970 as National Reserve and Accounting on October 2, 2017 the decree that rises to the category of the National Park was signed. It has a total area of ​​138,164 hectares. It is located south of the Aysén region, 64 kilometers from the city of Coyhaique.

The melting of the glaciers, which thousands of years ago settled on this territory, life to the envoys and the valleys that today make up this National Park. Its untamed nature accounts for the natural, geological and vulcanological changes of the region it has undergone for centuries.

The National Park stands out for the protection of the species of huemul fauna (Hippocamelus bisulcus), puma (Felis concolor), guanaco (Lama guanicoe), patagonian chingue (Conepatus humboldti) and red fox (Pseudalopex), among others.

In the area there is a tendency to climate of cold and continental climate with steppe degeneration, which covers a large part of the slope of the Andes, with a very cold temperature and snow in the winter.

Near the intersection towards Puerto Ibáñez, the majestic Castle Hill dominates from the heights, which, with its glaciers, snowdrifts and 2,675 meters high, becomes a focus of interest for lovers of outdoor activities.

The crossing of Cerro Castillo, without fear of making mistakes, is one of the most spectacular routes in Chilean Patagonia, and of Chile in general. Although I still do not know very little, the characteristics and the characteristics that can be compared with the beauty and spectacularity of the most popular circuits and the crossings of Torres del Paine. The route must be its prodigiousness, the park and the actress, in general, the magnificent Cordillera del Castillo, in particular, the maximum king is the fast tower and the dramatic one of its greater summit, the hill Castle, that with the fertility it gives name everything that surrounds you, including this tour.

In its most extended version, along more than 50 km, this excursion will travel three Patagonian valleys through pampas, rivers, forests, rock and snow. By spotting and contemplating, along this excursion, a myriad of landscapes and colors, the wildest landscapes of Patagonia, which are embedded in the popular imagination. Blue and white snowdrifts, emerald lagoons, pristine rivers, forests of cities and languages ​​of dark greens, the washed grayish rock of the upper parts of the moraines, the philosophical and purple, and the stormy and fickle skies that gird the tall baskets, All they smear a rich palette of colors and contrasts.

Tracing what from above or in a Cartesian plane evokes an anchor, the crossing goes “along” the valleys of the Turbio River, the estuary The forest and the estuary Parada, in which order. In each of these water courses. This is done, in its conventional and logical mode, starting from the north, going in the southwest direction in two thirds of the shipment, and then from North to South in its final part. Naturally, to pass a valley to the other, the route presents two high passages of the mountain, the passage of the rock or the lime and the passage of the castle, key and characteristic points that have been revised of certain difficulty and physical exigency absent in other similar crossings. As a consequence also of this morphology of the route, the crossing exhibits numerous ascents and descents. Crucially, the site is rounded, rolled, rounded the castle range, becomes more difficult and demanding, you can see the most spectacular face of the castle, contemplating the fabulous glacier of its east face, and its towers more fierce.


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