Traveling along the first part of the Austral Highway, we reach the entrance to the Alerce Andino National Park, founded to protect the alerce (Patagonian cypress, Fitzroya cupressoides) forest.
These noble trees were once on the brink of extinction due to the high quality of their wood, which was used for building homes and ships. The hike begins on an old logging trail with a gradual ascent to see 3,500-year- old alerce trees. After lunch we conclude the tour at the Chaiquenes Lagoon.
The park has a rather unique ecosystem that serves as a habitat for species such as the world’s smallest deer, the pudu, the guiña (Chilean cat), and the tiny marsupial called the monito del monte.