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Located 93 kilometers to the East of the City of Los 聲geles, in the pre-Andes, this national park was created in 1958 and occupies a surface of almost 12 thousand protected hectares.

Laguna del Laja National Park from Los 聲geles

Laguna del Laja National Park is made up mainly by El Laja Volcano and by the lagoon bearing the same name. The latter was formed by the eruption of the Antuco Volcano in 1853 and it became the largest lagoon in the country.
    
Reaching this place is an incredible experience. As we follow the road, we appreciate how a native forest perfectly seen in the district of Antuco begins to disappear and how the geography becomes wilder, rough and, why not?, volcanic.
    
Though surrounded by high walls, the Laja River escorts us along the entire journey, until we almost lose track of it and then we spot it again a few hundred meters away, under a huge cliff. Fascinating. The mountains begin to gain a brownish color and then all of them turn black.
    
There is lava and volcanic sediments that reached this place after several volcanic eruptions and are only moved by the effect of the wind or by some natural avalanche.

Laguna del Laja National Park from Los 聲geles

The park is accessed through a small control booth called Los Pangues, where the way up to the highest part of the volcano begins.
    
Ski trails may be seen on one of the hillsides, along with dozens of buildings and mountain refuges which make us imagine the important recreational activities developed in this resort during the winter season.
    
Getting Deep into the Park
    
Even in the low season, visitors may take a break at the old refuge located at the Club Esqu where, in addition to observing ancient photographs and unimaginable anecdotes, they may taste a lomo a lo pobre (beef with French fries, fried egg and onion) that makes this visit totally worth their while.

Laguna del Laja National Park from Los 聲geles

Only 2 kilometers ahead lies the famous lagoon, whose turquoise crystal-clear waters invite visitors to take pictures from several spots. It is also possible to enjoy salon fishing, with specimens mostly weighing over five kilos.
    
Sierra Velluda is another great attraction in the park. It is an old extinguished volcano whose glaciers attract and amaze hundreds of visitors with the beauty of their ice caverns.
    
This volcano also gave origin to the Verde Lagoon, the destination of many excursions, horseback rides and hiking tours in the summer.
    
Las Chilcas and El Torbellino Waterfalls are the source of the Laja River, which springs strongly from the water leaks generated by the volcanic dam.

Laguna del Laja National Park from Los 聲geles

Undoubtedly, summer is the most favorable season to enjoy the park. Dozens of natural trails may be toured at this time of the year going across areas such as Los Pangues, Lagunillas, La Herradura, Valle de la Luna, Anfiteatro, Viejos Arrieros and the zone known as Los Barros, where the Customs Office stands and where the road opens into the Pichach幯 International Pass to cross into Argentina.

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Location

Caracteristics

Duration

half day

Difficulty

low

Tour type

contemplative

Useful Data

Bear in mind

The Pichach幯 International Pass is open between November and April and joins the districts of Los 聲geles (Chile) and Chos Malal (Argentina). The heavy snowfalls hitting the region make it impossible to cross during the rest of the year.


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