Archeology and nature: Monte Verde and Lahuen Ñadi
Program duration: 7 hours
Activities: Visit the Monte Verde archaeological site / Walk through the Lahuen Ñadi Natural Monument
Includes: Transportation – Entrance to the Monte Verde site – Entrance to the Lahuen Ñadi Reserve – Snack – Binoculars – Hiking poles – WFR-certified bilingual guide.
What to bring: Hiking shoes – waterproof jacket – fleece – base layer – sun hat – sun block – water bottle – sun glasses – hat.
The day begins with a visit to one of the most important archaeological sites in the Americas—Monte Verde, just 35 kilometers northeast of the city of Puerto Montt, where local residents discovered evidence of ancient human occupation in 1977.
In 1997 the scientific community certified that the Monte Verde site was inhabited by humans 14,500 years ago, significantly predating the 12,900-year-old Clovis site in North America, making Monte Verde the oldest human settlement in the Americas.
The discovery disproved the theory that humans made their way southward through the Americas from the northern hemisphere and also opened many questions that are still unanswered.
A historian and Monte Verde expert will accompany us at the site, showing us where the discoveries were made and sharing all the stories and current theories about this interesting and mysterious place.
Next we make a brief tour of the Lahuen Ñadi Natural Monument, a small, 200-hectare perfectly conserved natural oasis just 15 kilometers from Puerto Montt. This green nature sanctuary is home to a wide variety of native trees, such as the alerce—some more than 1,800 years old—as well as the coigüe, canelo, tepa, luma, arrayán, and tepú. It is also an excellent spot for bird watching. This site gives us an idea of what the local environment must have been like when the first inhabitants of Monte Verde arrived thousands of years ago.