Parque Aiken del Sur, Puerto Chacabuco, Patagonia, Chile

Parque Aiken del Sur (Aiken del Sur National Park), a privately owned 618-acre (250-hectare) nature preserve and botanical garden, is a short 15-minute drive from the port of Puerto Chacabuco, Chile in the Chilean Patagonia region. The park has several hiking trails, including the nature trail to Lago Riesco (Riesco Lake), which we walked with a local nature guide.
The Arrayán tree, commonly known as Chilean myrtle (Latin: luma apiculata) is native to the Andes and was found throughout Parque Aiken del Sur on our nature hike.


The waterfall (Barba del Viejo cascade) was one of the visual highlights on our nature hike in Parque Aiken del Sur.


Ferns and a leaf vine growing parasitically on a tree trunk in Parque Aiken del Sur.

The forested nature trail ended in a flowering meadow just before
reaching Riesco Lake in Parque Aiken del Sur.

A flowering meadow overlooking Riesco Lake in Parque Aiken del Sur.

Lago Riesco (Riesco Lake), well known for its quiet and
transparent blue waters, in Parque Aiken del Sur.

Sailing through the fjords of Patagonia — here, the Fiordo Aisen —
after departing Puerto Chacabuco, Patagonia, Chile.

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