Llanquihue National Reserve

View of Llanquihue Lake and Osorno Volcano from Llanquihue National Reserve

View of Llanquihue Lake and Osorno Volcano from Llanquihue National Reserve

Llanquihue National Reserve (Reserva Nacional Llanquihue) is located in the Province of Llanquihue, commune of Puerto Montt, in the X Region. Llanquihue National Reserve has an actual surface of 83,946 acres, extending over a mountainous Andean massif, which is separated from the rest of the Andean mountain range by the Chapo lake to the South, by the Reloncaví estuary to the East and the Petrohué River to the Northeast.

The current morphology of Llanquihue National Reserve has been determined by a historical succession of Teutonic processes and glaciers, from which stands out the cone of the Calbuco volcano with an altitude of 6,610 feet above sea level, whose last eruption occurred in March, 1961.

You can access Llanquihue National Reserve by the route towards Correntoso and then taking a detour to the Chapo Lake; it’s 24.8 miles away from Puerto Montt, from which only 6.2 miles are paved. There’s an excursion trail of 4.9 miles long that gets to the Calbuco volcano, and which has access to a viewpoint, from where you can appreciate a large part of the valley.

The vegetation of Llanquihue National Reserve corresponds to the “evergreen” forestal type, standing out species such as tepas (Laureliopsis philipiana), mañíos (podocarpus nubigena), coigües (Nothofagus dombeyi), tiacas (Caldcluvia paniculada) and lumas (Myrceugenia fernandeziana). At the inferior strata predominates the quila (Chusquea quila).

Llanquihue National Reserve located in the Chilean Lake District

Llanquihue National Reserve located in the Chilean Lake District

On relation to the fauna of the area, the mammals of Llanquihue National Reserve there are pumas (Felis concolor), guiñas (Felis guigna), pudúes (Pudu puda) and the gato montés (Felis silvestris), among others. And the birds that predominate besides the condor (condor) are the upland gooses (caiquenes), Harris’s hawks (peucos), the hued hued (huet huet) and hawks (halcones).

At Llanquihue National Reserve several activities can be practiced: hiking, an activity destined to the ascension of mountains, which may include or not areas with snow and rock, but without technical climbing steps and up to a maximum limit of 16,404 feet of altitude; trekking, walks that can last several days, through mountains and natural spaces organized by sections in order to see the landscape, fauna, flora and the communities that live in these areas from an anthropological point of view; fauna and flora observation, a contemplative trip to observe animals and woods on its natural environment; birdwatching, observing birds, their movements, behavior and habitat; excursions and canopy.

In Llanquihue National Reserve there’s an excursion trail going towards the Calbuco Volcano that starts at the Warden’s station of the Blanco River. It runs for 4.9 miles until reaching the rustic shelter on the hillsides of the volcano, giving access to a viewpoint 15 minutes away from the shelter.

Attractive sites within Llanquihue National Reserve:

Calbuco Volcano

(Blue waters)

The Calbuco Volcano is located in the Andes in the southern area between the southeast bank of the Llanquihue Lake and the Chapo Lake in Llanquihue National Reserve. The Calbuco Volcano reaches an altitude of 6,610 feet above sea level, and it’s about 4,921 feet above the level of the local peaks. Due to its altitude and extensive mass, the volcano dominates entirely the panoramic view in the nearby areas of Puerto Montt.

Its summit region is composed by a platform close to 4,921 feet of extension covered by ice and snow. The highest point, its southern peak, is known as “The Pyramid”, due to its triangular shape formed by group of rocks. Its last activity cycle was observed on August 12, 1996, having smoke rings during the entire day. Its structure presents marked features of erosion and a triangular morphology of a truncated cone, due to an “avalanche volcanic depression” of 1.2 miles of diameter opened towards the Northeast.

The Calbuco volcano is easily accessed from Puerto Montt, by the valley of the Blanco River, in the area of the Chapo Lake. It counts with a rustic shelter built by CONAF, which is easy to reach after hours of walking among forests and streams.

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