HUERQUEHUE NATIONAL PARK
Huerquehue National Park is located in eastern Pucón, over 12.500 hectares of protected soil. You can get there by taking Route 119 from Temuco, down the road to Caburga Lake and taking the detour to Paillaco. Other ways, depending on your starting point, is the Mamuilmalal Curarrehue International Road. Some roads are only open in summer time.
The best way to really see the park is on foot, so several excursion paths have been defined, which go over the entire territory and display the wonderful flora and fauna to the visitors.
The first path is known as Pampas de Quinchol, which is 4km long, mostly upwards. The trip is done in a little over five hours, back and forth, and on the way you can see the pampas of Quinchol Hill, Caburga Lake, Tinquilco Lake and the forests that connect them. It is open only in summertime.
Other paths are Tres Lagos and Ñirrico, which are educational roads where people can learn about the ecosystem of the park, how mankind has inflicted damage on nature and how catastrophes can be avoided if we learn how to be more careful with the environment.
Tres Lagos is 8km long and it begins in the administration of the park. It is a guided excursion that lasts about six hours, back and forth. You can see flora and fauna, several lakes (Verde, Toro, Chico), and it is a path recommended for everybody. It is open only in summertime.
Ñirrico, in the meantime, is a short path of only 700m. It is covered in about two hours and you do not need a guide. There are nine stations in it where you can learn about vegetation and fauna, all the species you can see inside the park.
After spending all day walking, you surely will appreciate some rest. To do that, Huerquehue National Park has defined 18 spots to camp by the Tilquilco Lake, where you can enjoy being surrounded by nature and relaxing in a well-kept place that includes a parking lot. In the same place you can use a cold water shower.
Activities to practice inside the park are:
- Tilquilco Lake:
- Fishing, swimming, excursions, observation of flora and fauna, panoramic view, boat rides, observation of cultural resources, environmental education, photography.
- Verde Lagoon and Toro Lake:
- Fishing, swimming, excursions, observation of flora and fauna, panoramic view, boat rides, observation of cultural resources, photography.
- Qinchol hill:
- Rock climbing, excursions, observation of flora and cultural resources.