We walked along a trail that led us to a woods area made up by squat coihues, lengas and ñires which serves as a camping area. We were looking forward to seeing the huemules and spotted two of them at the top of a crag. We aimed at them with our cameras wishing they would not be scared and vanish. It was evident that they were used to visitors as they let us watch their elegance in movement.
Young specimens are usually seen in this area. When they grow up, they are freed to complete their life cycle in the wild. The bucks have two antlers and their body does not surpass a meter of height. Their average weight is 70 kilograms. Their coat varies from brown to golden with gray spots, according to season.
The information brochures we had been given said they were not the only species dwelling in the reserve. Foxes, guanacos, cougars, chingues, armadillos and vizcachas co-exist with the huemul. During our visit, we just saw huemules in different situations but always calm and enjoying the surroundings.
After having spent an afternoon at the huemul shelter, we resolved to go back to town to escape the wind and the cold temperatures of dusk. We carried with us the feeling of having been in a site where these endangered deer are guaranteed their species will survive.
2 hours approximately, with a 20-minute hike across the reserve.Difficulty
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Useful DataHow to get there
Travel 6 kilometers northwest from Cochrane bordering the Cochrane River. Then take the detour to the pier where the boats leading to the reserve are boarded.Opening hours
variable according to season.Bear in mind
During the fishing season, visitors may choose to combine both outings.