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Alfombras de Puyuhuapi

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Alfombras de Puyuhuapi

From La Junta, the Carretera Austral runs south along the western side of Lago Risopatrón, past several waterfalls, to Puyuhuapi (also spelt Puyuguapi), 45 km further south. Located in a beautiful spot at the northern end of the Puyuhuapi fjord, the village is a tranquil stopping place, about halfway between Chaitén and Coyhaique. It was founded by four Sudeten German families in 1935, and its economy is based around fishing, ever-increasing tourism and the factory where Puyuhuapi’s famous handmade carpets are produced and which can be visited. Alfombras de Puyuhuapi (T067-325131, http://www.puyuhuapi.com, daily in summer 0830-1930, closed lunch, English spoken) . By the municipalidad on the main street there is a decent tourist information office (Mon-Sat in season, 1000-1400, 1600-1900) . A bus timetable is pinned up here. If you are travelling in your own vehicle ask at the police station about road conditions and temporary road closures.

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