You will be picked up from your hotel in Puerto Varas early this morning and transferred to Alerce Andino National Park via Lenca. The Alerce Andino National Park is part of the Biosphere Reserve temperate rain forests of Southern Andes and has an area of 39,255 hectares/97,002 acres. You will hike through a forest of “canelos” trees and continue to towards the falls of Chaica River, through the forest of larch and other tree species, ferns, and lichens. You'll even pass by "Millennial Larch", a larch tree more than 2,000 years old. Along the way, you may see many mammals, birds, and fish including deer, pumas, guiñas (a type of cat), and monito del monte (tiny marsupial), Magellanic woodpecker, kingfishers, and the Harris ́s hawk. Stop to eat your box lunch and admire the surrounding nature before returning along the same path (round trip 8km/5mi) before returning to Puerto Varas.
Tour Duration: 7 hrs (4-5 hours of hiking, 2.5 hours of vehicle transfers)
Hiking distance: 8 km/5 miles
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This was our first trip to South America and we were a little nervous. But Adventure Life made things so easy! All our questions were answered before we left, and our guide, Vidal, was amazing! He gave us enough space to explore without rushing us along. He also knew where the best picture taking opportunities were, which was great.