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“Great way to spend a day”

Huerquehue National Park
Ranked #3 of 67 things to do in Pucon
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed May 10, 2013 via mobile

Took 8:30am bus, arrives in about 45 minutes. There are restrooms at the entrance. We hiked Los Lagos to the first lookout in about 2 hours, stopping for pictures. Took about 1hr and 15 minutes to get back down with time to spare to catch 2:10 bus.

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Reviewed May 7, 2013

Some useful information: There is a bus running at 7.30 or 8.30 from the centre. There are just two times for going back by bus: 2.10pm and 5.10pm. If you don't make too many breaks on the los lagos-Tour you'll catch the 2.10pm Bus.
I was there when it was really foggy, so we couldn't see much at the miradores, but anyway it was beautiful. And exhausting, because there are a lot of steps made of wood or stone, be aware of that and wear good hiking shoes. :) Enjoy

1  Thank Marina_4321
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Reviewed May 5, 2013

We hiked the Los Lagos trail, which takes about 7 hours (return) to complete, including breaks. While pretty, the lakes here can't really compare with those in the national parks in Bariloche and San Martin in Argentina, which we had just came from. Still, it was a great hike. We did the hike in low season in April and loved that there were hardly anyone around. We practically had the whole trail to ourselves. Note that you can do the short version of the Los Lagos trail by using a shortcut (marked on the map that you can get from the ranger office at the entrance). The short version will take about 5 hours.

1  Thank Mei L
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Reviewed April 30, 2013 via mobile

This is my first trekking experience and I'm glad I didn't know what was involved or I would have freaked out! The day started with the bus ride at 830 and costed 3600 pesos for a return ticket. We bought some sandwiches at the convenien store in the bus station but would recommend getting provisions at the supermarket instead. Lots of water is recommended because there will be lots of sweat and hardwork involved! We were dropped off at the entrance of the park and paid 4500 pesos each as a foreigner. They do provide a map at that point. There are some trails, and we decided the Los Lagos trail that could be done in a day.

This started off easy with nicely paved gravel roads, but quickly turned into something else. After the first hour it was all mountainous terrain with muddy slopes and steep accents we quickly realized why most turned back. We did not have a walking stick and was quite fortunate to find a previously used bamboo stick in the woods. Would recommend getting one for support as the climb up was tough! Certainly felt the strain with every step up but the views of the lakes are amazing. We even drank from it and water tasted fresh. We also saw two waterfalls on the way and rested at the sight of any logs along the way. The plan was to catch the 2.10pm bus back into Pucon but that wasn't going to happen if we wanted to do the entire trail, so 510 (the last bus) was the better option. We had about half an hour at the entrance to spare after the hike.

In all, it was a fantastic experience but be prepared to work hard for the views. The distance is deceiving if you assume you have plenty of time as the very steep accent (45 degrees up muddy terrain towards the top) will strain and slow the pace. If you can, training in the gym on the steps machine will do you plenty of advantage.

1  Thank Kailin Y
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

This is a beautiful national park with walks for all levels, however make sure you wear good walking shoes. Lakes, mountains, water falls, volcanoes and forests. Lots to explore and see.

1  Thank sva777
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