ALERCE ANDINO NATIONAL PARK

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.

ALERCE ANDINO NATIONAL PARK

ABOUT

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.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

  • Type: Hikking
  • Duration: 7 - 9 hrs
  • Distance by car: 167 km
  • Distance on foot: 5,5 km
  • Physical difficulty: Hike with medium difficulty
  • Option 1: Triangle Lagoon low difficulty
  • Total ascent: 856 m.
  • Maximum altitude: 1.091 m.s.n.m.
  • Minimum altitude: 235 m.s.n.m.
  • Equipment included: Trekking poles, raincoat, sunscreen, box lunch or lunch, snack, and drinks.

What to bring

  • Hiking shoes, pants and shirt
  • Backpack
  • Second or third layer, depending on the season and the weather conditions (rain or snow)
  • Hat for sun or cold
  • Water bottle
  • Sunglasses