Alerce Andino National Park

Program duration: 7–9 hours
Length – time walking: up to 5 hours
Time in vehicle: 3 hours, approx..
Difficulty:
Total elevation gain: 856 m.
Maximum altitude: 1,091 m.a.s.l.
Minimum altitude: 235 m.a.s.l.
Trail time: 4–5 hours
Includes: Transportation – Snack – Hiking poles
Binoculars – WFR-certified bilingual guide.
What to bring: Hiking shoes – waterproof jacket –
fleece – base layer – sun hat – water bottle – sun
glasses


Travelling east along the Reloncaví Sound, we come to the first stretch of the famous Austral Highway, one of the most scenic roads in the world. We follow it to the entrance of the Alerce Andino National Park and enter either through the Correntoso or Lenca sectors where we will have beautiful views of volcanoes, valleys, and the Pacific Ocean. 

This park was created to protect one of the last alerce (Fitzroya cupressoides) forests. This species of conifer tree was on the brink of extinction due to indiscriminate foresting in the 19 th and 20 th centuries because its wood is highly prized for building homes and ships. Alerces are considered of enormous importance and thought to be the second oldest species on Earth, and there are some that are more than 3,000 years old. It s also grows to more than 40 meters in height, making it the tallest tree in the Southern Cone. 

The biodiversity in the Alerce Andino National Park is quite unique and is home to many species, such as the pudú, the world’s smallest deer, a wild cat called a guiña, and marsupials called monitos del monte. 
We will see more than 50 lagoons within the park and marvel at ancestral species that were alive before the time of Christ.

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