Huerquehue National Park
A beautiful, pre-Andean park with an area of 12,500 hectares (27,500 acres), characterized by its mountainous geography and crystalline lakes and lagoons. Easily accessible in the summer, this park offers the visitor a wide range of recreational options, from simply admiring nature to camping and sport activities. There are some incredible views from the park, like the Pucon river to the Villarrica volcano. If you are lucky enough, you may even catch a glimpse of the majestic condor.
Huerquehue National Park Basic Information
Santiago-Temuco by air (any season), public or private transportation, from聽Temuco to Puc贸n buses or private vehicles. Santiago-Puc贸n by air is only possible in the summer. Puc贸n-Paillaco by public transportation. To get to the park, leave Puc贸n by the road to Caburgua. At kilometer 20 on the right is the turn towards Paillaco. After this point you will arrive at Lake Tinquilco, and after another two kilometers you will arrive at the park entrance.聽
Mondays to Sundays from 8:30 to 18:00 hrs (high and low season)聽
Villarrica National Park, Caburgua, Lake Caburgua.
Fishing, swimming, mountaineering, trekking, wildlife observation, horseback riding, cultural tours, photography.聽
There are two types of climate: a warm climate with less than four dry months, and an icy climate, caused by the altitudes. The most rainy months are between May and September, with an annual rainfall index of 2,045 mm. (80 in).聽
Rangers, accommodation, trails.
Chileans: CLP 2.500
Foreigners: CLP 4.000聽
Chileans: CLP 1.000
Foreigners: CLP 2.000聽
Chileans: CLP 1.250
Foreigners: CLP 2.000聽
Huerquehue National Park Infrastructure and Services
Phone numner: (02) 1960242
Help Conaf to protect the park's natural resources by considering the following recommendations:
- Protect the vegetaton.
- Protect the fauna, its nesting areas, and the natural refuges.
- Camp and picnic only in authorised areas.
- If you have doubts, contact a park ranger or the area administrator.
- You will need a gas or coal stove for camping.
Attractions in Huerquehue National Park
What to see
The park has amazingly beautiful areas, such as lakes Verde and Toro, Ca帽ad贸n del r铆o Renahue, Nevados River Valley, hills Quinchol and Araucano. With strong and steep gullies, the highest peaks are hills Araucano (2.000 mts), San Sebasti谩n (1.800 mts), Picos de Caburga (1.600 mts), and Lolle (1.800 mts).聽
There are also lagoons like Avutarda, Pehu茅n, Los Patos, Seca, Huerquehue, and Los C贸ndores; rivers like Renahue, Lefincul, and Liucura; and streams like Playa Blanca, Pichiblanco, Follico, El Puma, and La Cascada.聽
This park is a good alternative to visit with your family, since it is a very varied space, with a privileged location, near the tourist complex Villarica-Puc贸n-Licanray.聽聽
What to do
- Excursions: everywhere in the park.
- Wildlife observation
- Environmental information: environmental information center.
- Los Lagos: 8.8 kms, 7 hrs round trp.
- Quinchol: 5 kms, 4 hrs round trip.
- Los Huerquenes: 20.7 kms, 2 days.
- San Sebasti谩n: 8 kms, 10 hrs round trip.
- 脩irrico: 0.8 kms, 1 hrs round trip.
According to the classification proposed by Gajardo (1996), Huerquehue National Park is located in the region of the Andean-Patagonian Forests, and within it, in a sub-region called Araucan铆a Mountain range. The park also belongs to the region of deciduous forests, and within it, to the sub-region of the Andean deciduous forests. The first sub-region features the High-Andean deciduous forests with araucaria, while the second has the mixed Andean deciduous forest.聽The araucaria (Araucaria araucaria), which is currently considered vulnerable, is the most outstanding species.
The park protects several species, some of which are:聽
Long-clawed mole mouse聽 (Rare)
Andean fox (Not sufficiently known)聽
Peregrine falcon (endangered)
Chilean pigeon (Vulnerable)
Black woodpecker (Vulnerable)
Black necked swan (Endangered)聽
Darwin's frog (Vulnerable)聽
In general, the basins in this area are exorheic, both lentic and lotic.
The largest water courses are the rivers Renahue Blanco and Quinchol. Besides, there are several permanent, minor courses. There are 20 lagoons, most of which are smaller than 7.5 ha. The most important water sources are the lakes Toro (27,5 ha) and Verde (32.5 ha), and the lagoons Chica, Los Patos, Huerquehue, Escondida, Seca, Clara, Las Avutardas, Angelina, Los C贸ndores, among others. Those water bodies belong to the hydrographic basin or Tolt茅n river.聽