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Published 01/20/2011

Fodor's Review

On the Pacific coast, about a three-hour drive from Osorno, is a network of indigenous parks spread over nine Huilliche Indian communities amid 50,000 hectares (124,000 acres) of pristine temperate rainforest. Day trips include a sail up the coast to visit a Huilliche settlement. The eight-person boat leaves from Bahía Mansa, but keep an eye on the weather as the boat won’t run if it’s really windy. Exploring the indigenous parks by land is a more intrepid trip, although trekking, horseback rides, and homestays (simple, basic accommodations) with descendants of the Huilliche are possible. Nature lovers will appreciate the native alerce forest as you cross the Chilean Coastal Range, home to 30 different bird species and an equal number of mammals, including the Molina’s hog-nosed skunk, mountain monkeys, and pumas. A highlight for those going by water is the beautiful, white-sand Condor Beach.

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Oficina de Turismo, Puaucho, Ruta U400, San Juan de la Costa, Osorno, Los Lagos, Chile

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Published 01/20/2011


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