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Getting to and Away from Palena

Alto Palena is located 72 kilometers (43 miles) East of Villa Santa LucĂ­a. From Santa LucĂ­a take highway CH-235 45 kilometers (27 miles) east to Puerto RamĂ­rez, the crossroads for Palena-FutaleufĂș. The road then heads east-southeast to Alto Palena. The village has a Copec gas station (daily 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 2:30-6:30 p.m. H. De Mendoza s/n).


Alto Palena has no central bus station, but the following buses run through the town:

To FutaleaufĂș: Cumbres Nevadas (Wednesday 3:30 p.m., Monday and Friday 8 a.m., $5)

To Puerto Montt: Altamirano (Tel.: 31-4143; by way of FutaleufĂș, Monday, Wednesday 6 a.m.), Transaustral (Tel.: 74-1319; Monday 6:30 a.m.) Also Frontera del Sur (Tel.: 09-8448-8837).

To Villa Santa Lucía and Chaitén: Bus Río Palena (Tel.: 74-1280 / 74-1319; Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8 a.m.)


The airstrip is used only for charter flights.

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