Parque Pumalín is Chile’s largest private nature reserve, protecting an area of Valdivian temperate rain forest. It is endowed by Douglas Tompkins, founder of The North Face company, business magnate turned conservationist. He is also one of the subjects in the documentary 180° South.
Today we rode in the shadow of Chaitén Volcano, which erupted in 2008. Prior to this, the last eruption was around 7420 BC. Forests near the volcano burned and the town of Chaitén, only 6 miles away, was evacuated. Chile is on the Pacific Ring of Fire, a chain of volcanoes stretching the entire length of the Americas, a result of plates gnashing together deep below the Earth’s surface.
Later in the day we found abandoned cabins along a river. A perfect place to camp! I felt like Goldilocks, checking them all, and picking the one that was just right.