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“Great familia hike”

Alerce Andino National Park
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Alerce Andino National Park from Puerto Varas
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Owner description: The endangered alerce tree dominates this Lakes Region park. The alerce is in the same family as the California Redwood and some are said to be 4000 years old.
Reviewed January 10, 2014

We visited the Alerce Andino Park with my family (2 kids: 11 and 8) for the day early January. The park is one hours drive from Puerto Montt, most of it paved, with a short span of dirt road. We decided to do the hike to the waterfalls and the "alerce milenario", a 3000 year old tree. The hike took us 3 hours at an easy pace, following a well mantained trail that runs beside the river. The scenery on the hike is amazing, and the falls and alerce are well worth the walk. Another nice feature: very few visitors. We met three people in the 4 hours we stayed at the park. All in all a great day trip from Puerto Montt and a good place to go hiking with kids.

4  Thank KevinNCL
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Reviewed March 1, 2013

Who knew they had sequoia trees in South America? Not really, but the Alerce is the second oldest living thing on earth (after the bristlecone pine) at over 3700 years and looks for all the world like the sequoia. This a great place to hike off all the excess food and beer consumed during your three week trip to Chile. There are two primitive but pleasant campgrounds at the southern unit of the park, one drive in and the other walk in. The drive to camp is set along the river valley and is surprisingly enjoyable with picnic shelters and running water bathrooms. Much better than the walk in campground. There are certain places in the park where you look up and see what looks like Yosemite valley towering above. The entrance road can be negotiated slowly in dry season in a regular car. Lots of blind curves on the one lane road! The river has some great places to take a dip, skinny or otherwise.

2  Thank ras828
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Reviewed December 25, 2012

Nice and comfortable hike from the side of Chaika. The path is in good condition, and there is what to see and take pictures. Real rain forest - many birds, waterfalls and beautiful flowers.
The end of November is the best time to visit it. We had accommodation in Puerto Varas and it took approx. 2 hours to be on the place by car. On the back trip we visited Puerto Mont and its Mercado with different kinds of fish, you can have a dinner in one of many restaurants in the neighbourhood. I was excited from the beauties of The Alerece Andino National Park.

4  Thank Jitule
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Reviewed August 21, 2012

If you are looking for a half day trip, amazing views, easy hikes, and the opportunity of being almost alone in the middle of a beautiful forest, this is your deal. Before going to the park you have to be very informed, since there are different ways to reach it and several trails. But in any case the result is the same, almost not tourists and amazing millenarian Alerces (kind of redwoods that you can only find in Argentina and Chile). In Chile you don't have big animals crossing the paths, but it is plenty of birds that you can listen while walking on the trails. If you are lucky you can even see the Chucao, a very small pretty bird with red chest that is like the soundtrack of Chilean national parks.

The park itself is not the only highlight, you have to consider the whole trip. The road to the Park is amazing, great views of the sea and the mountains. depending on the time you'ill see the amazing tide changes. You'll cross typical villages where you can buy some kuchen (kind of pies) and pan amasado (homemade bread).

Good to know: There are two roads for reaching Alerce Andino National Park, my husband and I took the southern one that it supposed to be the hardest one (only 4x4). Although it is not a super easy road, you can make it in a regular car. To enter the park you have to pay a fee, but is about US$2.5 each person.

7  Thank Maria303
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Reviewed February 5, 2012

During our travels in Chile we arranged to take a trip into the Alerce Andino National Park, it was glorious. A very easy track that took us to the Alerce trees, in a region south east of Puerto Varas. Whilst we never saw any wildlife, we could hear the birds. Saw various types of insects - large, brightly coloured bumble bees. A fantastic hike somewhere between 3 - 4 km (round trip 7km). Well worth doing if you want to go somewhere that has no tourists and no noise.

1  Thank paddyNewZealand
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