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Parque Nacional Alerce Andino

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 01/20/2011

Fodor's Review

Close to Puerto Montt, the mountainous 398-square-km (154-square-mile) Parque Nacional Alerce Andino, with more than 40 small lakes, was primarily established to protect the endangered alerce trees that are spread out upon some 20,000-hectares (49,421 acres) of the park. Comparable to California's redwood trees, alerce grow to average heights of 50 meters (165 feet) and can reach 5 meters (16 feet) in diameter. Immensely popular as building material for houses and furniture in southern Chile, they have been nearly wiped out from the landscape. They are also the world's second-oldest living tree species, many living up to 4,000 years.

Sight Information


Carretera Austral, 35 km (21 miles) east of Puerto Montt, Puerto Montt, Los Lagos, Chile



Sight Details:

  • 4000 pesos

Published 01/20/2011


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