National Park

National Park

Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park is a protected area framed by the Andes mountain range, and located in southern Chile. It was created in 1926 in honor of the prominent public man Vicente Pérez Rosales, being the oldest Chilean national park.

It has an area of ​​253,780 hectares and altitudes ranging from 50 to 3491 meters above sea level. Its western entrance is close to the town of Ensenada, 72 km northeast of Puerto Montt and 64 km from Puerto Varas.

It is part of the rainforest temperate forests biosphere reserve of the Southern Andes.

The park contains extensions of virgin forest with large extensions covered with native trees such as coigues, ulmos, olivillos and arrayanes.

The park is bordering with Argentina, and within its extension is the Todos los Santos lake. The lake impacts by the particular emerald green color of its waters, as well as being surrounded by three imposing snow-capped volcanoes, which also belong to the park: the Osorno volcano, the Puntiagudo volcano and the Tronador hill.

In its interior is the Petrohué river, known for the jumps of the same name, where the river’s torrent glides over large stones. In the place there are demarcated various hiking trails that go into the native forest.

This landscape diversity and the dominant presence of its volcanoes, have made this park one of the main destinations of the Los Lagos region, since within its limits the visitor can not only observe the landscape, walk or observe the flora and the fauna of the area, if not you can also enjoy the thermal baths, skiing, boat trips and fishing, among other things.

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The Isluga Volcano National Park is located at altitudes of approximately 4,000 masl. This means that it is a very high place which normally affects the discomfort of visitors with dizziness, nausea and vomiting caused by the puna.

The Tarapacá Region belonged to the Inca Empire, then it was in Peruvian hands for more than 500 yeaofrs until the Pacific War. It was inhabited thousands of years ago by different indigenous cultures, the most important being the Chinchorro culture.

The Isluga Volcano National Park mixes the mystical landscape that rises from the foothills to the Andean highlands with a set of ancestral practices. It is located near the town Colchane and was declared a national park in 1967.

It is located at 4,000 meters above sea level, so the flora is scarce and the cáctus, altiplano and bofedales bush begin to appear. On the way you can see vicuñas, alpacas, ducks and flamingos due to its shallow waters.

In the tour you can also enjoy the Chumisa hot springs with waters that exceed 40 ºC, steam and mud baths. There are also Puchuldiza geysers whose jets of water freeze during the winter.

For lovers of trekking, there are trails to visit the villages of Isluga whose churches are national monuments.

The Isluga Volcano National Park is undoubtedly one of the best landscapes that we can find in the I Region of our country for its reliefs of heights, one of the wonders in Chile.

In the Maule Region and only 3 and a half hours from Santiago is the Radal 7 Tazas National Park. The park has about 4,000 Hec. where a large part of this is under tourist protection and that is mainly aimed at the Young and the Young Adult due to the extensive land it offers to explore, although it also has facilities and activities for all ages.
This destination has a wide variety of alternatives for backpackers and trekking enthusiasts, from a couple of kilometers of trails to circuits lasting several days. Enjoy contact with nature in a park that has something for everyone.

As we mentioned the main activities of the Park is trekking and has many routes established by CONAF ranging from 300 meters to reach the viewpoint of the 7 cups, up to 15 km. If you arrive at the park you can not miss its natural attractions such as El Salto de la Leona, Salto 7 Tazas, Salto Velo de la Novia, Valle del Indio and the English Park. For those who are knowledgeable in the field and have the necessary equipment, they can go mountain biking and kayaking.

This Park was created, in its new category of national park, on March 27, 2008.

It stands out for the protection of wildlife species such as pudu, chingue and Chilean partridge. In what has flora is concerned, highlight olivillo, raulí, oak, coigüe and laurel. The predominant ecosystems correspond to the coironales (high Andean steppe of the Maule) and the deciduous forest, formed by species like oak, raulí, ñirre and hualo, covering between both, great part of the surface of the park.

Its main hiking trails are:

– Valle del Indio: 15 kilometers. Duration on foot: all day. This trail is made, to a large extent, under the deciduous forest and, at the end, it passes through the high Andean meadow of the unit .;
– The Chiquillanes: 7 km. Duration on foot: 5 hours. All the route is made under the oak forest which allows a good walk without great problem of sun exposure;
– La Montañita: 1 km. Duration on foot: 2 hours. Drive under the forest of oaks and other tree species that give a lot of shade;
– Salto La Leona: 1,200 meters. Duration on foot: 2 hours. This trail shows the spectacularity of the Seven Cups and then reaches one of the great waterfalls;
– The Coigüe: 1 km. Duration on foot: 1 hour. The trail starts in the Los Robles camping area and goes through a centenary coigüe forest and in part of its route allows you to see the English Park itself and other places of great attraction;
– Universal trail: 300 meters. It allows people in wheelchairs, through a wooden platform, to reach an excellent viewpoint towards the Seven Cups. This has as an annex hygienic services suitable for universal use.

It must be taken into account that during the winter season the park may close due to snowfalls or other meteorological phenomena.

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The Morro Moreno National Park, with an area of ​​7,313.89 hectares, is located 65 kilometers north Antofagasta.

There is a diversity of continental, marine and insular environments that have relevant and varied resources in terms of flora, fauna, geology, morphology, archeology and landscape. Highlights the hills, gorges and rocks, and vegetation formations of fog, such as the coastal desert of Tocopilla.

90 species of wild flora are found here, some of them endemic. 195 species of wild fauna have been verified, among them the foxes chilla and the small gull. Towards the coast it is possible to observe chungungos, the austral wolf and Humboldt penguins, among others.

In this attractive place there is a diversity of continental, marine and insular environments that possess important and varied faunistic, vegetational, geological-geomorphological, scenic and archaeological resources unique in Chile. Highlights the mountainous relief, gorges, hills and rocks, and vegetation formations of fog, such as the coastal desert of Tocopilla.

Tour that surrounds all the Morro Moreno, starting from the spa of Juan Lopez (km 0), it takes course towards the Island Sta. Maria (km 16), returning by the same road where Juan Lopez was reached. Arriving at the coast of Sta Maria Island, a dirt road begins that will take us up to a climb of 200 meters, from here a small descent where we will go to the Pta Tetas sector, from here we go in the direction of Juan Lopez for a dirt road that after passing a ravine becomes a small path. you have to cross 3 streams that can be pedaled if you take them up.

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Unknown and paradisiacal, the unspoilt nature of the Hornopirén National Park reaches deep into the mind and heart of anyone who visits it. From intrudes among larch forests that make you feel small but at the same time welcomed, until reaching the heights of the Yates volcano to observe the immense Patagonian landscape next to the flight of the condors. The expedition through the Hornopirén National Park is the closest thing to a spiritual experience in nature, and here we tell you everything you need to know to visit it.

Arriving at the Hornopirén National Park is not easy, but it is a beautiful journey. From Puerto Montt you must drive 45 kilometers to the south by the beginnings of the Carretera Austral, caressing the great Alerce Andino National Park until you reach Caleta La Arena. From there you must take a ferry to cross the Reloncaví Estuary. To do so, you do not need to book in advance, as the boarding is by order of arrival and the transfer payment is made directly on the ship.

After approximately 45 minutes sailing through the Patagonian waters, we reach Caleta Puelche. From there you must take a bus or continue driving until you reach Hornopirén. There are approximately 54 kilometers that take place in just over an hour. In total, the route from Puerto Montt to Hornopirén lasts between 3 and 4 hours.

The town is small and charming, and receives its visitors together with a magnificent natural backdrop. After Hornopirén you must follow the Carretera Austral to Chaquihua Alto, the last accessible point by car and where there is a CONAF booth. From there you have to make a walk of approximately 7 kilometers on private lands until the beginning of the park that is marked with a large sign.

The Hornopirén National Park exists since 1988 and has an area of ​​48 thousand hectares. Although its entrance is free, it is not visited by too many people, so you will find yourself face to face with a wild nature and practically without human intervention.

The main path of the Park is the one that goes towards the Pinto Concha Lake. Although they are only 9 kilometers to the lake, the journey is always uphill and with a considerable slope, so you can get to easily delay between 6 and 7 hours if you go with a lot of cargo. Keep in mind that only in the middle of the trail, and at the end of it, there are some easily accessible points to get water.

The climate of the Hornopirén National Park is characterized by being quite humid, since it lacks dry or rain-free seasons. Depending on the observation area and height, there are different climates between rainy, mountain and ice tempering. Therefore, always consider the possibility of rain during your visit to the park.

The fall of waters can transform the pleasant paths into real mud pools that, although they make difficult the crossing, will cause your senses to focus on feeling the power of nature. For security reasons, mainly due to the accumulation of snow and ice, the Park is normally closed to the general public between July and November.

The intense hours of climb have their reward when arriving at the beautiful Pinto Concha Lake. This is where the camping sectors are located, where you can stay for a couple of days to enjoy the peace and immensity of the surroundings. Unfortunately, the lake has been collected over the years, so several decide to camp along the shore instead of the authorized sectors. From the lake you have the possibility of starting two trails, the first is a bypass to the body of water, which according to CONAF has an approximate duration of 3 hours. The other option is to start the trekking to the Yates Volcano.

In the same camping area there is a sign that indicates the start of the trail to the impressive Yates Volcano (2,187 m). There are no historical records of eruptions, so uploading it is quite safe. The route travels 3.6km of gentle slope through alerces and lengas, in about 2 hours to reach the southern slope of the volcano where there is a viewpoint.

From here the view is impressive, with a panoramic view that surrounds the Pinto Concha Lake surrounded by the Andes mountain range. With the condors flying over you, suddenly you realize that your whole trip has been worth it. Each step of the journey through the Hornopirén National Park makes sense when you find yourself observing such an overwhelming landscape. Reaching the volcano lookout can be done without problems during the summer, without the need for sophisticated mountain equipment. You only need the desire!

Without a doubt it is one of the National Parks of Chile that is worth visiting.

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It is one of the largest parks in the world and the second largest in Chile. It covers a large part of the archipelagos of the Provinces of Magallanes and Ultima Esperanza, as well as half of the surface of Riesco Island. Its landscapes are a mosaic composed of mountain ranges, forests, glaciers, fjords, lakes, wetlands and valleys that form virgin ecosystems of unparalleled beauty and habitat of a great diversity of species. The fjord of the mountains and the Sarmiento mountain range are some of the natural wonders of this park, which attracts the eyes of visitors from all over the world.

The Magallanes Rainforest dominates the landscape with species such as Coigue de Magallanes, Ciprés de las Guaitecas and Canelo, to a lesser extent. You can also find Lengas and Ñirres and species associated with the peat bogs, as well as shrub vegetation such as Chilco, Calafate, Zarzaparrilla, Murtilla, scrubland and coastal grassland composed of coastal strips of grasses.

The park is home to around 24 species of mammals, including Huemul, Puma, Gato Montés, Zorro Culpeo and Chilla, as well as 136 species of birds such as the Condor, Fío, Churrín del Sur and the Magellanic Woodpecker. It is also home to marine species such as Black-browed Albatross, Sea Swallows and Cormorants. There are 4 types of Dolphins, Wolves, Sea Elephants, Penguins and Whales like the Humpback, as well as Leopard Seals, Huillines and Chungungos.

Seven thousand years ago the Kawésqar would have sailed between the southern Gulf of Penas and the Strait of Magellan in their boats known as “the queen of American canoes” for the perfection of its construction. Made of Coigüe bark and covered with vegetable fibers, they spent much of their lives in them, hunting and going through the labyrinthine fjords, while the women were expert divers. Its name means “to be rational skin and bones”, its average height was 1.66 meters and its population was estimated at more than 3 thousand inhabitants. In 2006, paintings were found on Madre de Dios Island, south of Puerto Eden, which would suggest that this town developed some kind of writing or symbolism.

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We have always loved the south of Chile. These endless forests of native fauna catch our attention every time we have the opportunity to get away from the city for a few days, so we take advantage of every long weekend we can to leave the city to explore our country. This time, the trip took us on a trekking in the Nahuelbuta National Park.

This time we decided to go to the La Araucanía Region, a place we had not been lucky enough to visit before. They had told us a lot about this area, where it is possible to go trekking, swim on hot days in Lake Lanalhue, surf in the city of Lebu and many other activities.

What most struck us was the Nahuelbuta National Park, which, although it is far from being one of the most visited in the country, surprised us with its beauty. The locals and guides of the areas told us that there is no traveler who regrets to come, simply amaze anyone.

After 8 hours of car trip from Santiago, we stayed in one of the closest towns to the park. As we wanted to sleep in a quiet place and where we could relax, we decided to stay in a hotel on the banks of Lake Lanalhue, one of the most beautiful lakes in the area and where every summer many families come to enjoy the sun, do water sports such as skiing aquatic, rides in boats and jet skis and bicycle. We went in October, so the temperatures were not warm enough to bathe, one more reason to come back!
The next day our adventure began with a trekking in the Nahuelbuta National Park. It can be reached by two roads, one that leaves from Angol and another from Cañete. It is important to go in a car with very good traction because, especially in the rainy season, the roads can be quite bad. From Cañete the road is only 46 kilometers but it takes about 2 hours to reach the park access, it is full of curves and you can not avoid stopping to look at the flora.

You can see how the landscape changes as you go up to the Nahuelbuta mountain range, at 1,400 meters above sea level, the trees thicken, increase in size and the environment becomes damp and cold.

Declared a national park in 1939, the Nahuelbuta National Park covers an area of ​​more than 6,800 hectares and is characterized mainly by its enormous thousand-year-old araucarias that at great heights can grow quite far from each other, and from which lichens hang from their branches and in its trunk. These towering trees live on the banks of the different paths within the park and on all sides, making you feel really small because they can reach more than 50 meters high. The oldest ones date back to 2,000 years ago, so they have accompanied us for millennia in this place.

In the park live pumas, pudúes, foxes and other smaller animals. They are not easy to see, because they stay away from the trails and tourist areas, but you can be lucky and manage to spot some in your visit. If you meet one, look at it from afar and do not interrupt what you are doing.

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