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Best Trails in Alerce Andino National Park

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Want to find the best trails in Alerce Andino National Park for an adventurous hike or a family trip? AllTrails has 4 great hiking trails, biking trails, running trails and more. Enjoy hand-curated trail maps, along with reviews and photos from nature lovers like you. Ready for your next hike or bike ride? Explore one of 1 easy hiking trails in Alerce Andino National Park that are great for the whole family. Looking for a more strenuous hike? We've got you covered, with trails ranging from 91 to 545 meters in elevation gain. Whatever you have planned for the day, you can find the perfect trail for your next trip to Alerce Andino National Park.
Description

The Alerce Andino National Park is located in the Los Lagos region, approximately 46 kilometers from the city of Puerto Montt. Characterized by mountainous landscapes, with more than 50 lagoons and smaller bodies of water hidden among its valleys but, above all, it is well-known for its forests full of vegetation among which the larches (from which it receives its name and occupy 50%) stands out, but also oaks, coigüe, and lenga can be found. Among the fauna it is possible to find rare species such as pudú (a small deer of the Andean forests), puma, mountain monkey, condor, black woodpecker, etc. The park has several well-maintained and signposted trails that can be accessed from three entry sectors: Lenca, Sargazo and Correntoso, depending on the sites you want to visit. Regardless of where you enter from, the experience in nature will be fantastic. You will also find parking, picnic sites and information offices. Keep in mind when planning your visit: in winter some trails are usually closed for maintenance.

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Sargazo Lagoon
#1 - Sargazo Lagoon
Alerce Andino National Park
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Length: 6.9 km • Est. 2h 32m
The Sargazo Lagoon is considered one of the must-see treks for hikers within the Alerce Andino National Park. To access the path that leads to it, it is necessary to enter the park from the sector that receives its name: Sargazo Sector, about 46 kilometers from the city of Puerto Montt. It can be visited by taking two trails: the first, forks to the right about 800 meters coming from the entrance of the Park and passes through the Lenca river, has a vehicular road until approx. half way of and then leads to a path that leads directly to the lagoon, between a thick forest. The other, continuing to the left at the fork, leads to the Lagoon not before passing through several of the ancient larches to carefully appreciate these amazing old trees. For a complete experience, why not visit it from both points? That way, you will not miss any corner of the incredible views and the colors reflected in its waters. Keep in mind that in winter the trails are closed for maintenance.Show more
Salto Río Chaicas
#2 - Salto Río Chaicas
Alerce Andino National Park
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Length: 7.6 km • Est. 2h 8m
At the trailhead there is a small parking lot, restrooms and an information booth. The path follows the Chaica river and the trail is surrounded by abundant vegetation, it is well maintained and well marked. In areas where there is a lot of humidity and some rocks, there are wooden walkways that facilitate transit. Finally, you will arrive at the Salto, which is a quite powerful waterfall that will amaze you. This is a very pleasant short hike inside the Alerce Andino Park. In addition, from there you can continue to visit other sectors (unless there are closures due to difficult weather conditions).Show more
Chaiquenes Lagoon and Triángulo Lagoon
#3 - Chaiquenes Lagoon and Triángulo Lagoon
Alerce Andino National Park
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Length: 16.1 km • Est. 5h 14m
A visit to these two beautiful lagoons inside the Alerce Andino National Park, whose views between larch forests and mountains will take your breath away. The trail from the entrance of the Park is well signposted and maintained, it even has wooden decks that makes transit in areas of mud and rocks easier. It is not a very difficult hike and you can find fauna such as pudú (a kind of deer from the Andean forests), puma, little monkey, condor, black woodpecker, among others. Keep in mind that although the park is open all year round, in winter time the trail is enabled only to the Chaiquenes lagoon.Show more
#4 - Huillifotem Trail
Alerce Andino National Park
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Length: 2.3 km • Est. 46m
This short and simple trail is considered a pleasant alternative to visit in the Alerce Andino National Park during the autumn season and enjoy the changes in the foliage of the abundant larch and oak forest. The path is well marked and maintained and has 2 viewpoints, which allow us to appreciate the valley of the Chamiza river and the native forest from above.Show more