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“Go see the 3,000 yr old tree”

Parque Nacional Alerce Andino
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Seattle, Washington
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117 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Go see the 3,000 yr old tree”
Reviewed 1 February 2014

This park has well-maintained trails and good signage. Worth a visit. But unless you have a car and speak Spanish, you need to book through an agency. We had the luck to find BirdsChile, who sent us Carlo. What a terrific guide. He drove us on a wonderful birdwatching tour along the coast south of Puerto Varas and then hiking in Alerce Andino park. He knew the flora and fauna, geology and local native culture and satisfied our endless questions. He did not hurry us when we wanted to examine closely a crazily made spiderweb or photograph a flower. The hike to the falls and to see the 3,000 year old Alerce tree was a highlight. We didn't sight the Magellanic woodpecker or wire-tail but the sighting of the huala (grebe) and the flightless steamer ducks made my day!

Visited January 2014
5 Thank FlorafromHawaii
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Avondale, Pennsylvania
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“Fun hike in the rain”
Reviewed 18 January 2014

While our guide was rather uninformative and it rained throughout the day of our hike so some of the steeper trails were closed, we had a great time exploring the hike to Laguna Sargazo. The rain let up and the sun came out for the half hour when we had lunch at the lake. The trail could be slippery in places but the vegetation was pretty amazing.

Visited December 2013
Thank BobN06
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Santiago, Region Metropolitana, Chile
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“amazing place”
Reviewed 10 January 2014

This is in the austral road. The place is amazing, but must be visited by walking. The car only arrive to the conaf parking from there you can choose to walk 4 km until the water fall and to the 3500 years old tree, or you can walk even more until the end of the road. 10 kmts in total.
If you want to walk all the road you must arrive here in the morning and you clothes and shoes must be for mountain walk.

Visited January 2014
2 Thank Alexis R
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“Great place to hike”
Reviewed 15 December 2013

The Parque Nacional Alerce is a lovely place to hike and see these famous trees. As others have noted, there are two access points for the Park – from the north to go to Sector Correntoso and from the southwest to go to Sector Chaicas. If you want to see groves of the Alerce trees, access the north (also to see Lago Chapo). If you want to see the millennial alerce (very old tree) and the waterfall, go to the southwest entrance. We entered the park at the southwest access. Information on how to get to this park was minimal (at least in Puerto Varas), however it is well signed once you leave Puerto Montt. From Puerto Montt, take highway 7 out of the city to the east. This highway follows the coast, comes inland slightly to circumvent a bay, and a short distance from the city, you will come to a junction – signs will indicate Lago Chapo to the left or Alerce National Park straight ahead. Go to the left if you want to access the northern part of the Alerce National Park. We went to the southern route, which stays on Highway 7, and continues right along the coast. The road is a good road, paved. When you come to the town of Lenca, there will be a sign indicating Parque Nacional Alerce to the left. Turn here. You will be on a gravel road, for over 7 km, to the park entrance. The gravel road is a bumpy, but reasonably good road, single lane for the most of the distance, if driven at a speed of 10 to 20 km/hr. It will need a patient driver, to avoid bottoming out the rental car. The weather was wonderful when we traveled, so not sure about rainy or wintry conditions. The Park entrance is after the camping area, has bathrooms, picnic table, and information about the park. Several bridges over streams have been reconstructed. There are several hikes that start at the entrance, several maps posted on these hikes. The hike to the millennial tree starts on what might have been an old timber road, following a stream. There are occasional benches along the way. Lots of birds.

Visited December 2013
18 Thank celticmorning
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 426 helpful votes
“Great for walking”
Reviewed 28 November 2013

You definitely need your own transport to get to this park, preferably a 4 wheel drive as once you turn off the main road it is about 7kms of dirt road to the park entrance and it is not the best maintained piece of road and neither is it flat!
There is a small charge for entering the park and you must sign the book given by the park ranger.
There is a really nice walk to a waterfall and a 3000 year old tree. It's about 4 kms to the tree and waterfall and you walk the same way back. Most of the walk is close to a beautiful river.
The park has camping facilities but we didn't use them.

Visited November 2013
4 Thank Bezi
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