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Alerce Andino National Park: Guided Day Hike
Explore the striking natural beauty of Alerce Andino National Park on a guided day hike. Discover the unique flora and fauna found in the temperate rainforests of the Southern Andes Biosphere Reserve.
- See the Alerce Andino National Park in the Southern Andes Biosphere Reserve
- Discover the flora and fauna along the scenic Salto Río Chaica Trail
- Explore the temperate rainforest and hike to the Chaica River Falls
- Visit one of the world's oldest living trees, Alerce Milenario
- Catch glimpses of hummingbirds, woodpeckers, and the Chilean chucao
DescriptionStep into the lush world of the Alerce Andino National Park, located in the Southern Andes. On this guided tour, hike on the scenic Salto Río Chaica trail and see rushing waterfalls, temperate forest, and a variety of indigenous birds. Visit Alerce Milenario, one of the world’s oldest living trees. Begin your tour with a hotel pickup from your accommodations in Puerto Montt or Puerto Varas. Enjoy the views of the renovated Pelluco Waterfront, the Pacific Ocean, and the Lenca sector as you drive to the Alerce Andino National Park. Once there, you'll first register and purchase entrance tickets. Next, learn about the park's trail markings and safety regulations before setting out on the trails. Begin your hike on the Salto Río Chaica Trail, about four kilometers and mostly flat. The Chaica River leads you past brilliant shades of green from the trees, reflected by the crystal-clear waters. Continue your tour and follow the music of the river deeper into the forest. Along the way, you may spot birds, such as the chucao, hummingbirds, or woodpeckers, as well as striking flowers and ferns. Climb a staircase to the Chaica River Falls and gaze in wonder at the waterfalls as you rest. After soaking up the natural beauty of the falls, continue your hike with a brief ascent to the mythical Alerce Milenario. Admire this massive tree, estimated to be at least 5,000 years old, while taking care not to tread too close to its roots. Then, return along the same path to finish your tour.
IncludesHotel pickup and drop-off Bilingual guide Guided hike
- Hotel pickup and drop-off is available from both Puerto Montt and Puerto Varas