Tagua Tagua Hike



1 Day

November to late March

What I liked most of this hike is that provides with a rich insight of the unspoilt environment of the temperate forest. This private park called after a bird ( Tagua Tagua) is part of a concession made from the government to the Universidad Mayor. Encompass a rich variety of trees, fungi birds and with a limited amount of visitors per day ensures that the trails are not eroded but well kept.

Tagua Tagua Lake
Tagua Tagua Lake

An outstanding project of private park in the Lake District. From Puerto Varas we will meet you and drive towards the area of Ensenada from where we will continue bordering towards Ralun and Cochamó on the shore of the Reloncavi Sound. These still unspoilt destinations and paradise for trekking and kayak. The views become more spectacular as we proceed and it feels as if we are leaving the modern world behind . On very good road with scenic vistas to the lake Llanquihue and volcanoes Osorno, Calbuco and Yates , the country road leads us to the Tagua Tagua Lake, a natural lake section of the Puelo river catchment which has its origin in a lake of the same name in Argentine Patagonia territory, flowing north-west through the Andes into the Reloncaví Estuary of the Reloncaví Sound at the northern end of the Gulf of Ancud. Once we arrive to Puerto Maldonado a public ferry boat will take us sailing on the clear blue waters to the Mitico Puelo Lodge who owns the concession for the private Tagua Tagua Park.

After another short but beautiful ride across the lake to the shore of the beginning of the trail we will disembark at the hidden entrance of Parque Tagua Tagua. After a steep scramble ascending 300 feet (100 m) to the top of a waterfall, we begin our hike up the valley and through a pristine temperate rainforest protected within the borders of this private park. After walking 4.5 miles (7 km), we will arrive at Refugio Los Alerces, a charming cabin bordering a stunning lagoon, where we will rest and enjoy our box lunch.

Return back the same way enjoying at your own pace and on time to get the ferry boat back before 4.30 pm. Drive back to Puerto Varas.

Starts and Ends : 7.15 am Puerto Varas. Take the ferry boat at 9 am and return 4.30 pm , back to Pto.Varas at 7.30 pm aprox.Need at least 96 hs prior notice for this hike, due to its logistics and cost there is possibility to do this on public transport as a choice.Please contact us.

7.15 am Puerto Varas. Take the ferry boat at 9 am and return 4.30 pm , back to Pto.Varas at 7.30 pm aprox.

Location: Park Tagua Tagua, Lake District, South of Chile.

Difficulty level: Moderate Terrain: Could be muddy, walking in forest, undulating and some steep short sections.

Transportation: Private vehicle. Ferry crossing and boat drive

Equipment to bring:Water, warm clothes according to weather and time of the year. Trekking shoes, rain jacket, sun and skin protection (sunglasses, hat).

Safety: Emergency equipment communication by Radio VHF.and first aid kit.

Included: Box lunch, entrance fee to park ,boat trip to the park, land transportation.

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