Our excursion through Alerce Andino National Parktakes us through the Pacific Coast Reloncaví Sound by the Southern Road. We pass by quaint fishing villages and then, after an hour, reach the Chaica part of the river in Alerce Andino National Park. The Calbuco Volcano and all the beautiful Andean-Patagonian mountain range are along side us in this stunning journey!
We depart early from your hotel in Puerto Varas (or cruise pier in Puerto Montt), driving toward Alerce Andino National Park (39,255 hectares). This national park was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2007. The park was named for the Alerce tree, an evergreen tree that reaches a height of 45 meters and a diameter of 4 meters wide. These trees were declared natural monuments in 1976 and cutting any of these living trees in the Chilean Territory is prohibited.
The beautiful native forest wows us with its intense green, where we can see and identify species of local flora and fauna. After half an hour we arrive at a beautiful waterfall.
As we continue we can see or hear birds, such as the black woodpecker, the Huet-Huet, Kingfisher, the Peuco, Pato Real, the Canquén, the Cachudito and Torcaza.
We reach a 2,000-yr.-old redwood, and then we continue to Laguna Chaiquenes where we rest and take pictures. We now proceed for an hour’s hike to reach our final destination, the Laguna Triangle. Time to relax, take photos and eat to regain our energy before heading back!
The return trip takes us to some sectors of the Carretera Austral with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, salmon and shellfish farms and Puerto Montt. Return to your hotel.
Total Duration: 8 - 10 hours.
Trek Altitude: 1.800 feet / 550 meters a.s.l.
Trek distance: 9.6 miles / 16 kilometers, round trip.
Trek time: 5 – 7 hours.