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Los Arrayanes National Park

Los Arrayanes National Park
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Gretchen H
Kigali17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015
This was a beautiful activity even in the cold since we were warmly dressed in our fleece. We took the boat down (45 min ride) through the lake--a gorgeous trip with incredible views and reflections of the mountain ranges to the tip of the arrayanes penninsula (where the concentrated arrayanes tree forrest is located) and then took the hiking path back. We were able to do it in 3 hours one way as they describe and we were hiking pretty fast, but took all the side routes and lookouts recommended by the forrest service personnel as well. A slower older son and father from B.A. that we met also hiked it in 3 hours but didnt take any of the side routes. The route is easy with some hills, a few of which are steeper, that are fine if taken slowly. Mountain biking would be lovely on most of this, but some of the steeper sections would be really awkward and tough to walk the bike on and i would never trust myself to bike those unless i were a professional mountainbiker (SERIOUSLY!). So highly recommend the forrest walk one way. In my opinion, it would have been excessive and exhausting and a little boring (given the fact you are in the forrest without views the whole time) doing an out an back both ways (24km). For those who dont want to do the full 12km walk, and if i did it a second time, I would go out and back on the catamaran, then walk into the park and go to the lookouts and just hike a little bit of the park trail for a shorter loop. Since the catamarans leave mostly in the afternoon only in early season (October) you could hike in the park in the morning, buy your catamaran ticket, have lunch at the port and be ready to go to the arrayanes parque tip for the 230pm tour. FUN!
Written November 4, 2015
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venkman_at
Zell am See, Austria36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
we hiked the 12km from the entrance to the end of the park where the arrayanes trees grow. then we took the ferry back to the starting point, which is a nice way to explore this park. the one way ferry cost 90pesos - we first thought about renting bikes which is 70-100pesos but this would have been a bad idea for us. the first 2km in the park is very steep with sandy, loose ground- pushing your bike up there won't work, you would have to carry it. the other parts are fine, but this is a real obstacle - except for moutainbike enthusiasts I guess!
make sure you don't miss the miradores at the first km - the one up to the left is fantastic, the one to the right ok. take your time, especially with the miradores and if you take pictures you will be in a hurry if you want to make the trip in 3hrs on foot. you're in the forest 99% of the time. book the ferry in the office at the pier next to the national park office, it leaves at 16:30 back from the island, costs 5pesos less and you get a voucher for hot chocolate. it's a very nice experience and can be absolutely recommended!
Written November 14, 2012
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MoriartyParadise
San Jose, CA174 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Couples
Went there as part of a half-day boat trip from Puerto Pañuelo that also included Isla Victoria. It's an easy, peaceful hike among exotic, picture-perfect trees. Totally worth it.
Written May 29, 2015
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EandSmee
Vancouver, Canada500 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2014 • Couples
We chose to make the 12km walk through the park to visit these cinnamon-barked myrtles rather than take the boat. The walk is a comfortable 3 hours and is a beautiful hike through a beautiful forests - not many viewpoints along the way but lots of wild flowers (at least in early January). Nothing could have prepared us for the spectacle that awaited us with an entire grove of these beautiful orange-coloured (bark) trees. Initially it was difficult to ignore the 300 school kids that had been disgorged on to the boardwalks, but they soon disappeared into the washrooms, coffee shop and back to their boats and we had the trees all to ourselves - magical. If you are short for time, take the boat both ways. Otherwise walk to the trees and boat back because there is a sense of anticipation. If you take the boat out and see the trees you will have little motivation to walk back.
Written January 13, 2014
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sjriceuk
Bristol, UK59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We took the catamaran ferry to the end of the peninsula then enjoyed the 12 km hike back through the forest.

The Peninsula contains a large number of ancient myrtles which have created an amazing ancient forest which is well worth a good look. After that the route back takes you through a forest of coihues, cypresses and ñires which again are really interesting.

Towards the end of the climb there is an uphill section that takes ypu to some amazing view points the last of which are the best. They are signed posted off to the side of the main past and make sure you take the detour to see them.
Written October 28, 2019
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Trek-Always
Alpharetta, GA2,537 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Friends
We arrived via boat on a crossing of the lake to Llao Llao. There is a well marked, guided trail close to the dock.

The Arranyanes forest is lovely, and there are multiple vistas of water, mountains, sky, and many creatures.

Well worth an hour or two to see the beauty in this area.

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Written February 25, 2015
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Fabian R
Wilmington, DE61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2012 • Couples
We spent 3,5 hs walking through Península de Quetrihué to get to the Arrayanes forest, what a magical experience!
Written May 15, 2012
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FL family
Maggie Valley, NC5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
that trees were interesting, but scarce and the ferry was expensive and the trail was closed. I remain surprised by how often they close the entire Parque Nacional de Nahuel Huapi for high winds. I wish i knew both of these things before driving the hour and a half to get there. without the hike back, I wouldn't bother again.
Written November 30, 2019
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hernanes338
Prague, Czech Republic40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Solo
I rented a bike in order to visit the park. Even if the start point is full of stairs and tracks not suitable for bike, after 1km it is just amazing for riding. If you prefer hiking the way it is the same as the one for biking. 12km each way.

At the end of the forest you can access some hidden “beaches” which are not crowded at all.

I enjoyed all the way and the interaction with all the people visiting, mostly locals, which made the day just wonderful.
Written February 7, 2018
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Jose Nodar
Naples, FL115 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Family
we drove through the park to cross the border over to Chile and it was an amazing experience to feel we were a miniscule part of that great forest
Written November 27, 2014
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