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

Location: Región de la Araucanía, 145 km southeast of Temuco. 33 km east of Pucón

How to get there: Santiago-Temuco by air (any season), public or private transportation, from Temuco to Pucón buses or private vehicles. Santiago-Pucón by air is only possible in the summer. Pucón-Paillaco by public transportation. To get to the park, leave Pucón 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. 

When to go: Year round

Business hours; Mondays to Sundays from 8:30 to 18:00 hrs (high and low season) 

Climate: 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). 

Services: Rangers, accommodation, trails.

Admission fees

Adults:

  • Chileans: CLP 2.500
  • Foreigners: CLP 4.000 

Children:

  • Chileans: CLP 1.000
  • Foreigners: CLP 2.000 

Elderly:

  • Chileans: CLP 1.250
  • Foreigners: CLP 2.000 

Children under 6 years: free

People with special needs:children fee 

Huerquehue National Park Infrastructure and Services

Administration Office

It is located in the Tinquilco Sector.
Phone numner: (02) 1960242
Email: pnhuerquehue@gmail.com / parque.huerquehue@conaf.cl

Park Ranger Station

The park has two stations, one located in the administration area (the park's entrance), and a second one next to Los Lagos Trail.

Además el Parque cuenta con dos guarderías, una ubicada en el sector administración (a la entrada al Parque) y la segunda adyacente al Sendero "Los Lagos", in the Nido de Águila sector.

Camp Sites:

21 sites available and 6 picnic areas.

Chileans: CLP $10.000 (USD $20)

Foreigners: CLP $ 15.000 (USD $30)

Recommendations

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, Cañadón del río Renahue, Nevados River Valley, hills Quinchol and Araucano. With strong and steep gullies, the highest peaks are hills Araucano (2.000 mts), San Sebastián (1.800 mts), Picos de Caburga (1.600 mts), and Lolle (1.800 mts). 

There are also lagoons like Avutarda, Pehuén, Los Patos, Seca, Huerquehue, and Los Cóndores; rivers like Renahue, Lefincul, and Liucura; and streams like Playa Blanca, Pichiblanco, Follico, El Puma, and La Cascada. 

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-Pucón-Licanray.  

What to do

  • Excursions: everywhere in the park.
  • Wildlife observation
  • Environmental information: environmental information center.

Trails

  • Los Lagos: 8.8 kms, 7 hrs round trp.
  • Quinchol: 5 kms, 4 hrs round trip.
  • Los Huerquenes: 20.7 kms, 2 days.
  • San Sebastián: 8 kms, 10 hrs round trip.
  • Ñirrico: 0.8 kms, 1 hrs round trip.

Natural Heritage in Huerquehue National Park

Flora: 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 Araucanía 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. The araucaria (Araucaria araucaria), which is currently considered vulnerable, is the most outstanding species.

Fauna: The park protects several species, some of which are: 

Mammals:

  • Kodkod (Endangered)
  • Pudús (Vulnerable)
  • Long-clawed mole mouse  (Rare)
  • Andean fox (Not sufficiently known) 

Birds:

  • Peregrine falcon (endangered)
  • Chilean pigeon (Vulnerable)
  • Black woodpecker (Vulnerable)
  • Condor (Rare)
  • Black necked swan (Endangered) 

Amphibians

  • Darwin's frog (Vulnerable) 

Hidrography: 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 Cóndores, among others. Those water bodies belong to the hydrographic basin or Toltén river. 

Cultural Heritage in Huerquehue National Park

The Araucaria: The Araucaria is a common species in this park. Its distribution coincides with the distribution of the Pehuenche people, who have historically used the piñón (araucaria seed) as a source of food. Some pottery and clay remains have been found in this area, indicating that there was once a certain degree of ocupation.

 


Recommendations

The weather on this place is oceanic and rainy, with a bit of Mediterranean influence, there’s abundant and constant rainfall, even in summer. The annual average temperature is 11° C.

We advise you to wear clothes that are suitable for rain, because the weather is constantly changes at any time of the year.

Stores in rural areas are open all day, but they close between 13.00 and 15.00. We advise you to carry local currency (Chilean pesos), since it isn’t possible to pay with debit or credit cards in kiosks and rural stores.

Do not litter on parks or streets. Taking care of our environment is everyone's responsibility. Avoid fines by following the rules.

Activities

  • Horseback Riding
  • Trekking
  • Mountaineering
  • Culture and History
  • Birdwatching
  • Wildlife Watching
  • Fishing

Flora & Fauna in Huerquehue National Park

This is only a small presentation of flora & fauna you can find in Huerquehue National Park

Hotels close to Huerquehue National Park

This is a list with some of the hotels close to Huerquehue National Park

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    Villarrica, at 14 mi from Huerquehue National Park

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  • Enjoy Pucón - Gran Hotel Pucon

    Villarrica, at 14 mi from Huerquehue National Park

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  • Valle Corralco Hotel & Spa

    Temuco, at 45 mi from Huerquehue National Park

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  • Hotel Montaña Magica

    Temuco, at 47 mi from Huerquehue National Park

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  • Nothofagus Hotel & Spa

    Temuco, at 47 mi from Huerquehue National Park

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