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GPT28H - La Tapera

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A tractor crossing the river at La Tapera. Not something you see everyday. By Pedro Leonheart

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Summary (editar)
Activity Trekking
Location Chile, Coyhaique
Atractions Vistas panorámicas
Duration días
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Trail Siempre Claro
Signage Inexistente
Infraestructure Inexistente
Topology Cruce
Gain/Loss (meters) +2552, -2349
Distance (k) 77.4
Skills No requiere
Original creator Jan Dudeck
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Recent Alerts and Suggestions

Rio Cisnes at La Tapera is normally not fordable early in the season. Best to wait until January & go NOBO. If you can cross Rio Cisnes the other fords should be easy.

Season Section Log

  • 2023-Mar-15 to 2023-Mar-17 / 2.5 days / Hiking / SOBO / RR / Martin & Helena

Definitely one of the easiest sections. Its basically all MR walking, but we were again surprised by the surrounding landscape that we found really attractive actually.

Just a few comments: at the settlement km 4 you need to leave the MR, and from there its more like a trail until the settlement 3 kms further. Camp at km 12.9 is nice and very similiar place is behind the ford (very easy), before the start of the ascent. Ford 39.4 can be done without entering the property of settlement, MR crosses the river before the entrance. No water at km 42.5 at this time, the next one was near the puesto km 45.4. No problem with other fords in mid March.

In La Tapera are a few shops, nothing big, but enough to resupply. Two places with comidas - completos, sandwiches and other fast-food things. One of them accepts cc. Also at least 2 accommodations, one of them was full, but the other was in a blue house, cost 15k CLP pp with wifi and hot water, nice and clean + amazing guests.

Contact: @martin_hanzelka @helenneka

  • 2023 Feb-1 NOBO 2 days Frank

Rio Cisnes was easily fordable in early February, less than knee deep. I was surprised how much it had dropped - in November it was head height. All fords less than knee deep when I went through. Early on day 2 I reached a settlement at ford 39.4. Don't ford the river here but go right just before the ford on a small road which leads to another, easier ford & bypasses the settlement. You rejoin the RR after the easier ford. When you are nearing Lago Verde it's quicker to go left on the optional route which leads straight to Lago Verde without going through Argentina. You go through a puesto but there was no one there.

Summary Table

GPT28H: La Tapera
GPT28H: La Tapera Hiking Packrafting
Group F: Sector Palena Total 77.2 km 22 h - -
Region Chile: Aysén (XI) Trails (TL) - - - -
Start Lago Verde Minor Roads (MR) 77.2 km 100.0% - -
Finish La Tapera Primary Roads (PR) - - - -
Status Published & Verified Cross-Country (CC) - - - -
Traversable Jan - May (Maybe: Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec) Bush-Bashing (BB) - - - -
Packraft Only Burden Ferry (FY) - - - -
Connects to GPT27H, GPT30H Investigation (I) - - - -
Options 347 km (6 Options & Variants) Exploration (EXP) - - - -
Hiking Packrafting Total on Water - -
Attraction 1 (of 5) - River (RI) - -
Difficulty 2 (of 5) - Lake (LK) - -
Direction Both ↓↑ - Fjord (FJ) - -
Comment -
Character Forest, Farmland, Settlers
Challenges Demanding River Fords

Satellite Image Map

Elevation Profile

Elevation Profile of Regular Hiking Route

Elevation Profile of Regular Hiking Route (2019)

Section Planning Status

Recommended Travel Period

Benefits of Hiking and Packrafting

Recommended Travel Direction

Rio Cisnes just outside La Tapera is the crux ford so it is best to go NOBO.

Section Length and Travel Duration

Suitable Section Combinations

Section Attractiveness

Section Difficulty


Resupply Town

Shopping: Food

There is a supermarket on the square in Lago Verde. A couple of small & very basic shops in La Tapera.

Shopping: Fuel

Shopping: Equipment

Services: Restaurants

A couple of cafes in La Tapera. The hostal by the square in Lago Verde does a good evening meal.

Services: Laundry

Services: ATM and Money Exchange

No exchange facilities in La Tapera or Lago Verde. You can pay with CC in some places but best to bring cash.

Accommodation: Hostals and Hotels

La Tapera: At least 2 accommodations, one of them was full, but the other was in a blue house, cost 15k CLP pp with wifi and hot water, nice and clean. Lago Verde: Hostal by the main square near the supermarket.

Accommodation: Cabañas

Accommodation: Camping

Transport: Ground Transport

Transport: Ferries

Transport: Shipping Services

Resupply on the Trail

Location, Names, Available Items and Services

Access to Route and Return

Access to Start

Return from Finish

There is a bus at 10AM on Wednesday, Friday & Sunday from Coyhaique to La Tapera. It returns from La Tapera to Coyhaique on the same afternoons.

Escape Options

There are two buses a week from Lago Verde to La Junta on the Carratera Austral or you can hitch. Not too many vehicles but they usually stop.

Permits, Entry Fees and Right-of-Way Issues

Regular Route

Regular Hiking Route

Regular Packrafting Route

Optional Routes

Investigations and Explorations

Links to other Resources

Alerts and Logs of Past Seasons