LLANQUIHUE NATIONAL RESERVE
Llanquihue National Reserve (located 60 km east
of Puerto Montt)
Its surface area is 33,974 ha., and it extends over an Andean mountain massif, separated from the Andes Cordillera and bounded on the south by Lake Chapo, on the east by Reloncavi Estuary and on the north by the Petrohue river.
You get there from Puerto Montt, which is 40 kilometers away by the road to Lake Chapo, and at the village of Rio Blanco taking a local country road northward up to the "Guarderia" de Conaf.
The vegetation is the evergreen forest type, featuring species such
as tepas, mañios, coigües, tiacas and lumas. In the lower
stratum, the quila is predominant.
Among the mammals in the area are found pumas, guiñas, pudus and wildcats, among others.
Among the birds, we find upland geese, peucos, and black-throated huet huets, as well as hawks and the occasional condor.
There is an 8 km excursion trail to Calbuco Volcano that starts at the Rio Blanco "guarderia" and takes one to a rustic lodge at the foot of the volcano. From there, walking for another 15 minutes, one gets to a lookout point.
Possible activities here are:
- Mountain climbing, which can include rocky and snowy sectors, but without technical climbing difficulty and only up to 5,000 meters altitude.
- Trekking, walks that may last several days, through the mountains and wilderness areas, organized in stages to learn about the landscape, the fauna, the flora and the native communities of the area from an anthropological point of view.