The Lake District Travel Guide

The Lake District Sights

Santuario El Cañi

  • Santuario El Cañi Map It
  • Pucón
  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 01/20/2011

Fodor's Review

Chile's first private nature preserve, this park hosts one of the last remaining, extensive Araucaria forests, a magnificent tree species that can live up to 2,000 years and that is oft nicknamed "monkey puzzle" because of its tangled branches which swirl around its treetop. With about 500 hectares (1,235 acres) altogether, this is one of the best treks you can do in southern Chile. The hike to El Cañi's highest ground (1,600 meters), called El Mirador, is a three- to four-hour steep climb, but rewards you with some of the most beautiful views to be found of the region's lakes and volcanoes. The sanctuary can provide a guide (required in winter) and prices start at 45,000 pesos. There are camping sites and a refugio for overnight stays. Located about 20 km (12 miles) east of Pucón, the park is accessible via the road to Lago Caburgua (take the turnoff at Km 14). Then turn on the paved road with the sign "Termas Huife" and drive until you reach El Cañi. It is also possible to arrive by bus.

Sight Information


Santuario El Cañi, Pucón, Araucanía, 4920000, Chile

Map It


9-9837–3928; 9-897–38147

Sight Details:

  • 5000 pesos

Published 01/20/2011


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