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Chaiten, Chile

From series “Abandoned Places of the Earth with Distinct Marks of Civilization”
The town of Chaiten situated in Chile also emptied, literally, overnight. The reason for this was a mighty volcanic eruption that occurred in 2008. Fortunately, in this case it was managed to avoid the mass death of people. All the inhabitants of the town were evacuated safely, otherwise an imminent death would happen to them. The volcano was erupting for five months. As a result, literally entire territory of the city was buried under a layer of ash. Only 10 percents of houses survived.

Chaiten, Chile Before the tragedy, Chaiten was a fairly major port city. It had a great strategic importance since its foundation. At the time of the tragedy, the population was about 10 000 people. All of them left their homes hoping that they will soon be able to return. However, no recovery can happen with the city. Moreover, it is very dangerous to stay there, because a new eruption could occur at any moment. However, to the delight of thousands of residents, Chilean authorities decided to build the city of Chaiten again, but in a new, more secure location.

It’s unlikely for curious tourists to stroll along the once bustling Chilean town today, as almost all of its territory is sealed in a thick layer of lava. In addition, the river bed of the Rio Blanca has changed as a result of the eruption. Now, it runs straight through the city streets. Only some areas are accessible in Chaiten, where it’s possible to walk only in a respiratory mask. Even many years after the eruption, the gray volcanic ash lingers in the air. To the beginning - Fengdu Xian

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Useful staff nearby

Cafe/restaurant: 'Cocineria Marita Estrella' in 1.76 km

Nearest airports:
 »  El Tepual Airport PMC - in 166 km
 »  San Carlos De Bariloche Airport BRC - in 235 km
 Cities nearby

Best hotels near Chaiten

Posada de Expediciones Kahuel

Located in 2 km from Chaiten
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Rooms: 4
Providing a tranquil environment, the rooms in Posada de Expediciones Kahuel feature private bathrooms and cable TVs. Guests at Posada de … More: photo, rates and booking
Yelcho en la Patagonia

Located in 41 km from Chaiten
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Rooms: 8
With large windows overlooking the garden, heated rooms at Yelcho en la Patagonia feature wooden gabled roofs and seating areas with comfortable … More: photo, rates and booking
Cabaña Yelcho en la Patagonia

Located in 47 km from Chaiten
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Rooms: 6
Cabaña Yelcho en la Patagonia has fully furnished bungalows with kitchen facilities, lake views and comfortable seating areas. BBQ facilities are … More: photo, rates and booking
Yatehue Hotel

Located in 60 km from Chaiten
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Rooms: 10
Rooms here feature a TV. The private and shared bathrooms come with free toiletries and a hairdryer. At Yatehue Hotel you will find a garden. Guests … More: photo, rates and booking

Nearest unique sightseeing spots to visit

Chaiten
9 km - Chaiten
In southern Chile, near the ghost town of the same name there is unique Chaiten volcano. For many years the volcano has been considered dormant; its sudden awakening took place in May 2008. As scientists found out later, it was the first volcanic eruption in the last …
Futaleufu River
69 km - Futaleufu River
The Futaleufu river, located in Chile, fits the athletes of different levels of preparation. This river attracts the guests not only thanks to the various complicated routes, but also thanks to the splendid landscapes. The high concentration of minerals gives the river …
Hanging Glacier Falls
167 km - Hanging Glacier Falls
On the territory of the Queulat Puyuguapi National Park in Chile is an amazing waterfall, named the Hanging Glacier, whose name is literally translated as 'waterfall of the hanging glacier'. The name completely reflects the main feature of the waterfall - it …
Las Cavernas de Marmol
421 km - Las Cavernas de Marmol
On the border of Chile and Argentina is an incredibly beautiful complex of Marble caves (Las Cavernas de Narmol) is located. They are among the most important attractions of Patagonia. Caves are a single complex with Carrera Lake, the azure waters of which fill them …
Cueva de las Manos Cave
497 km - Cueva de las Manos Cave
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Waterfall Salto del Laja
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