Trekking

Trekking

Before the 1990s, only the farmer, some settlers, the rumors of Butch Cassidy and the occasional tourist passed through the Cochamó Valley or Cochamó Valley. Only since the late 1990s, hikers and climbers began to walk and climb amid waterfalls, turquoise pools, 1000-meter walls and snow-capped peaks. His stories of this Yosemite-like valley have brought many more to follow and, in turn, his ecological views have helped preserve this valley as a tourist destination and not threatened by the wooden courtyard or hydroelectric plant center. Both ecological threats approached reality, although fortunately they stopped.

As long as it is a walk and not a car trip, the gems of the valley will remain intact, its quiet forests vibrate with life and its granite walls are a recreational destination for everyone to enjoy.

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Only for the bravest, the access to the place follows the shipment that has access to the Conaf in the English Park, after a trekking of approximately 4 hours, get to this place, you can camp to continue the journey for more trails in this sector.

This route has its starting point in the English Park, and culture in the El Bolsón sector, where the refuge and the campsite of the same name are located. This route of 11 km lasts approximately 4 hours (one way) and has a vertical drop of 680 meters. The trail is correctly signposted and in good condition, you should always move towards this main road and follow the route and signs that are on the route. Eventually the path reaches the Claro River, and continues along its northern bank. On the way you will pass through a landscape dominated by green forests and a pre-cordillera landscape, culminating in a large esplanade where the El Bolsón shelter and campsite is located, with the Colmillo del Diablo hill crowning a beautiful panoramic view to the north.

The sector has a camping area, baths and showers with ice water, there are no great luxuries, but it is a place worth knowing if you are a lover of trekking and getting lost in nature. This can be the starting point towards several sectors of great natural beauty, multiple waterfalls, and well frozen rivers, as well as mountains with great panoramic views of the area and finally reaching lagoons in the middle of hills at high altitude, leaving as final prize natural baths during these voyages.

Without a doubt it is one of the places that are worth visiting with a few hours of walking.

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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.

If you are near Santiago and want to escape to the natural this is a good alternative.

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The Lookout of Cóndores, sector Alfalfal, Cajón del Maipo, is a trekking to be done all year long and it reaches a high place and great cliffs where the condors usually nest, so it is easy to visualize them in their maximum splendor.

The trekking in general is not of high complexity, but it does require some experience and a good mountain footwear to avoid slipping in the areas of greater unevenness of the terrain.

To get there we must go to the Alfalfal, Cajón del Maipo. Access to this sector is left hand about 12 kilometers after Vizcachas, coming from Santiago (do not take the detour to Toyo). From the detour to the G-345 route, approximately 19 kilometers are traveled to the Three Hundred ravine, an eye that has no name, but you must pay attention to the mileage, it is one of the many Strabag centers along the way (I think the 5th ). To park you can do it on the left side of the road where the space is wider a few meters past the ravine.

The beginning of the trekking is in the same ravine on the right and climbing where there is a wooden gate. From there the road is well marked and marked with the traces of people who have visited it.

The route is a total of 5 kilometers approximately only going up, passing through sectors where we can find grazing animals such as goats and the distinctive vegetation of the area. In summer-autumn it is somewhat drier, but I think that in winter and spring the landscape should be even more wonderful.

Walk along a clear path of slight slope to a rocky plane at the edge of a cliff. This site is a splendid viewpoint of condors, since it is located just above the known condors (nesting sites) of the area. The birds fly by a very short distance. There is also a good view of the upper Colorado valley.

This is a place that you certainly can not miss if you want to do something natural near Santiago, where you can be part of a wonderful experience asadandote with the flight of these beautiful and impressive birds.

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The Tagua Tagua Park has conservation as its first objective and the minimum impact measures are quickly noticed. Unlike many other places, the Tagua Tagua park can not be camping so we left the tent along with other things in the cellar. Just after the park ranger shows us a container with water he asks us to wash the sole of our shoes. “We must protect the didymo park,” he says. Didymo is an invasive algae that spreads very fast in the bottoms of rivers and lakes and is considered a pest being the human factor the main responsible for its spread.

Luckily prevention is simple and consists of a simple rinsing. This done and with the approval of the ranger we walked a few minutes to the visitor center where we registered and listened carefully to an explanatory talk about the rules of the Tagua Tagua park and a description of its trails. A talk that of all the reservations and national parks that I have visited I have only received in this place, in Torres del Paine and in El Cañi Sanctuary. A talk that should be mandatory for all visitors to any area that has conservation as one of its objectives.

With the requirements ready we started the 5-kilometer trail that would take us to the Alerces shelter, where we would spend our first night and where we would meet our friends who arrived on the morning barge. The trail is very well marked and as we climb we notice a change in the vegetation very clear. The sun was noticeable during the first kilometer where the low vegetation dominates, and the shade is only given by some myrtles and ulmos at the side of the path. But after this stretch and entering the renovation area we began to enter a forest that looks like stories.

The coihues with their trunks decorated with moss accompanied by some mañíos, palo santo, arrayanes and the ground covered with different ferns (yerba earthenware, cow rib and ampe) transmitted us the typical energy of the southern forests that renew and enchant you Go back again and again. Always with the river to the left we advance through the forest to an area of ​​bridges built to facilitate the passage and avoid the wading of the many water courses that connect with the main river that dominates the valley. The place is so beautiful that it does not make you want to walk fast and the temptation to stay taking pictures is difficult to manage.

The Alerces refuge is located on the shores of the lake of the same name and is the place where people take the photograph that most of them have heard of the park. With the characteristic coihues burned and surrounded by immense granite walls and an enchanted forest, the Alerces refuge is one of the most beautiful areas of the park.

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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