National Parks, nature beauty and wildlife encounters

The region is home to 30 protected sites that allow visitors a rich natural experience. Huerquehue, Vicente Pérez Rosales and Nahuelbuta are a good choice for the flora and fauna enthusiasts. 

Monday, July 27, 2009  
Nahuelbuta Nahuelbuta (Photo:Conaf)

Huerquehue National Park is located near Pucón, in the Araucanía region.  Situated in the middle of the Andes Mountain Range, the park is known for its amazing views of the Caburga River.  The 12,500 hectare park is also a destination for hikers wishing to trek along its paths. 

In Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park, which covers 231,000 hectares, the Todos los Santos Lake is the main point of interest.  Both the Osorno and Puntiagudo Volcanoes are located within the park, prominently displaying their snowcapped peaks.  The Petrohué Waterfall also attracts a significant number of visitors.  A rout known as the lake crossing begins from the shores of Todos Los Santos Lake and continues to Bariloche by sailing the series of lakes consecutively.  The route is breathtaking. The park is located less than 80 km from Puerto Varas. 

The Nahuelbuta National Park is one of the few protected areas in the coastal mountain range. The park was created in 1939, covers 6,832 hectares, and is located 164 km northeast of Temuco.  The natural surroundings boast a wide array of plant and wildlife, 2,000 year old araucaria trees.