Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park – El Solitario Trail

Program duration: 4 hours
Total trail length: 5.8 km.
Difficulty: Easy–moderate
Total elevation gain: 279 m.
Maximum altitude: 329 m.a.s.l.
Minimum altitude: 30 m.a.s.l.
Trail time: 3 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


“El Solitario” is an old trail around the southeast face of the Osorno Volcano in Chile’s oldest national park, Vicente Pérez Rosales, founded in 1926. During our hike we will see the effect that thousands of years of volcanic activity has had on the site’s geomorphology. 
We will hike through forest that grew back naturally (secondary forest) after an eruption and see trees of the Nothofagus species, such as the Coigüe, which is endemic to southern Chile and Argentina. 

The trail is covered with ash from a recent eruption of the Calbuco Volcano in 2015. The forest eventually ends abruptly onto a clearing where an old river once flowed and that was one of the primary places that lava descended during the last eruption of the Osorno Volcano in 1834 when this area was still completely uninhabited. The volcano has been dormant ever since. 

The El Solitario Trail provides an introduction to southern Chile’s typical Valdivian forests as well as the geological processes that have taken place over a very long period of time. 
Optional: After completing the trail, hikers can visit the Saltos de Petrohué, one of the area’s primary attractions.

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