Barely a stone's throw from Cochamó, the mountainous 398-square-km (154-square-mile) Parque Nacional Alerce Andino, with more than 40 small lakes, was established to protect some 20,000 endangered alerce trees. Comparable to California's hardy sequoia, alerce grow to average heights of 40 meters (130 feet) and can reach 4 meters (13 feet) in diameter. Immensely popular as a building material for houses in southern Chile, they are quickly disappearing from the landscape.
Many of these are 3,000 to 4,000 years old.
Carretera Austral, 35 km (21 miles) east of Puerto Montt, Puerto Montt, Chile