The Patagonian cypress wood is soft, reddish and impervious to water. This prevents it from getting rotten. Therefore, it has been used uncontrollably for the construction of houses and boats. Old buildings covered by Patagonian cypress tiles may be seen even today. On the one hand, they look traditional and are proof of good taste and use. On the other hand, the wood industry has grown faster than the plantation of young trees.
We took several trails to walk amidst these admirable veterans. They are so high that we lost sight of their canopies. Their trunk is wrinkled and the wood made up by these specimens contributes to keeping the atmosphere free of pollution. Surrounded by thick vegetation, they share the natural reserve with other native plants and they represent the main attraction in the area. Likewise, lakes and ponds where motor boats are not allowed hide amidst mountains and forests.
Besides, it is usual to see small animals that live in the forest areas, such as foxes, vizcachas and monitos del monte. Cougars, kodkods and pudues can be spotted in some intangible sectors. As far as birds are concerned, we noticed their presence through their singing. Besides, the park ranger told us that the Magellanic woodpecker, the kingfisher, the Harris' hawk, the Chiloé wigeon, the sheldgoose and the huet-huet nestle in different nooks. When it comes to fish, perch, peladillas, as well as rainbow and brown trout dwell in the waterways.
The main attraction at this exploration tour around humid unspoilt forests of unrivaled beauty was our connection with nature in its pure state. We enjoyed its special shades and aromas within a relaxed atmosphere. In addition, we were impressed by the fact that the age of the Patagonian cypresses has helped understand the environmental history of the planet. The rings of their trunks are true open books.
½ day and all day.Difficulty
Low and medium.
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Useful DataHow to get there
Take the Southern Road at Puerto Montt and travel 45 kilometers up to the access to Alerce Andino National Park.Opening hours
All day.Bear in mind
The best time to visit this park is between November and March. A park ranger team offers their support to visitors during the tour. It is essential to wear comfortable waterproof clothes, as the place is constantly humid. Do not forget to bring your camera.