rivers Leones and Claro

Prevention of damage to the ecosystem by tourism


It is now recognised on national and international level (f.e. SNASPE, UNESCO, IUCN) that tourism, whether ordinary, “nature”, “eco” or “scientific”, constitutes a major threat to nature

and natural ecosystems

The main purposes of the property’s project is to protect nature from commercial,

including tourist, use and anthropogenic pressure and help it regenerate itself

February 2018

Access in direction to lake Leones area through the properties of the PPA Pichimahuida (PPAP):

  1. I.The Setting:

  1. The sign post at the turn from the Carretera Austral into the valley is misleading: it indicates the Northern Patagonian Ice field at 30 km, while the ice field is not accessible via valley Leones (see map at the bottom of this page);

  2. The lake Leones is located about 27 km. from the Carretera Austral by walking trail, road X-732 ends at 16 km from the Carretera Austral (Ruta 7) ;

  3. The road X-732 in the valley is a private road as from the second gate (first private property sign), the trail to the lake Leones area goes through private properties.

  1. II.For the peace and privacy of nature, the Rules in the properties of the PPAP :

The rules apply equally to individual visitors and tourist guides passing by the properties of the PPAP

from their start till the end (see map below)

  1. You are passing through strictly private properties and courtyards, using private road (X-732) and  trail;

  2. All private property laws and penalties apply;

  3. The property itself is not open to any type of public access;

  4. Only straight through transit to the next property in direction of lake Leones.

  1. Do not leave the road and the marked trail;

  2. Do not trespass to the properties, do not camp, do not make fire, do not leave any type of garbage -

      do not put yourself in an illegal situation;

  1. Leave gates as you find them;

  2. Do not bring dogs or cattle;

  3. Respect wild animals, like foxes (protected by law), do not harass or feed them;

  4. Nature-protecting staff is constantly checking the application of the rules.

Privacy: You are requested not to share the photos of the property on internet and social networks. In response the owners will not share the photos of your passage through the property, taken by trap cameras.

III. The Access:

  1. The road is a dirt, not maintained path in bad condition;

  2. Subject to frequent flooding and occasional landslides (see photos;);

  3. Car and motobike access ends in 6,5 km from the start of the property;

  4. Follows difficult trail of 9 km, not marked after you leave the PPAP (last yellow sign);

  5. River crossings are not safe;

  6. Use at your own risk, no liability of the owners for any accident, injury or damage.

  1. The road through the property was built by the owners using only their own personal funds for their own personal use and access;

  2. The sign posting was entirely done using personal funds of the owners;

  3. Access through the property is provided free of charge;

  4. The private road was not built for the tourism industry;

  5. The road is used as a fire control and escape private road for the whole valley;

  6. In order to keep it in reasonable shape you are requested to minimise the damage.

IV. The Dangers:

  1. The area is remote;

  2. Fatal accidents in lake and river Leones:  in January 2016 ,

    in November 2016 and by Andrés who lived before in valley Leones;

  1. Mobile phone coverage in the valley drops often;

  2. High wildfire risk in the valley in summer;

  3. A lot of mosquitoes (aggravated allergies occurred),

        horseflies are ferocious in summer;

  1. No medical or other help accessible in case of accident.

V. The Area:

  1. The ecosystem in the PPAP is severely damaged, at places completely destroyed, like in most of the region of Aysén;

  2. You will see mainly critically degraded nature, bare rock and erosion (see photos), with many invasive species, at the image of Aysén;

  3. The property was bought by the new owners because it was in a miserable state, almost beyond repair;

  4. You might want to choose a responsible approach and help to help the land by not visiting it ( f.e. tourism is the second, after climate change, cause of glaciers melting).

Tour operators for safe straight journey through the PPAP:

  1. - Terra Luna, www.terraluna.cl ;

  2. - El Puesto, www.elpuesto.cl

With El Puesto you can also visit the Exploradores glacier safely.

This ecosystem restoration project is not and under

no circumstances can be considered as associated to

any tourism association of the area. In no case

it can be related to the camping of the Leones valley (2) or

its managing company.

dangers lake Leones
path lake Leones

  1. 2.Start of Leones valley;

  2. 3.Start of Pichimahuida properties;

  3. 4.End of road and start of walking trail of 9,2 km;

  4. 5.End of Pichimahuida properties.