HUERQUEHUE NATIONAL PARK PROGRAMME
Araucanía Region, Chile
The Huerquehue National Park is located in the Andean foothills, 35 km from Pucón, on the route to Caburgua. Its 12,500 ha are managed by CONAF and have many tall hills and steep sloped ravines. Twenty lagoons exist in these ravines fed by springs, rivers and streams that flow down from the high peaks. A beautiful temperate rain forest, native of the southern cone of South America, compliments this astounding geography.
This park is an excellent destination to observe native and endemic bird species of the temparate rain forest. It is the habitat of southern endemic species such as the spectacular Chucao Tapaculo, Black-throated Huet Huet and the scarce Slender-billed Parakeet. Other wildlife highlights include the Andean Condor, Thorn-tailed Rayadito, Magellanic Woodpecker, Striped Woodpecker, White-throated Treerunner, Patagonian Tyrant, Green-backed Firecrown, Des Murs´s Wiretail. This excursion may also produce sightings of mammals and amphibians such as the Southern Red Fox, the Bufo Toad and the Darwin Frog. The most beautiful places to visit within the park are the Green Lagoon, the Small lake and Quinchol hill. Typical vegetation species include Monkey Puzzle Tree (Araucaria araucana), Lenga (Nothofagus pumilio), Mañío (Podocarpus salignus) and Michay (Berberis darwinii).
This full-day programme includes: private transportation from Villarrica or Pucón, snack, lunch, water and drinks, park entrances fee, and an experienced ornithologist guide. A visit to “Los Pozones” hot springs is an optional addition, entrance fee included. This programme is highly recommended for birdwatching , botanical excursions, photography and as an excellent opportunity to enjoy a family outing. The programme includes 4 hours of trekking.
Daily departures from Villarrica or Pucón are available during spring and summer.
Difficulty: Medium, slight slope.