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Hiking - Hiking Futaleufú - Chile

Several day hikes can be made from Futaleufú. The shortest one is around Laguna Espejo on the eastside of town. Off this path is one that goes up to Cerro Mirador. Another viewpoint is Mirador de la Virgen, a 131-meter (426-ft) knoll southeast of town.


Following Calle Aguirre Cerda west out of the village is the departure point for other hikes. After just a few kilometers, past the bridge, is a right-hand trail to Piedra del Águila, the best place to snap a photo of the entire valley (3 hours). Nearby is Laguna Pinto off another side path (3 hours from Futaleufú). The main trail crosses Río del Noroeste, climbing to Lago Noroeste where the fishing is good (5-6 hours). Continue the main path to reach Lago Las Rozas.


Another adventure from Calle Aguirre Cerda is to take the left branch of the trail, following the Río Espolón to Las Cascadas and Lago Espolón (4 hours).

Futaleufú, Chile


Travel Tips: All times are one way. Ask for more information and a map at the Departamento Turismo Municipal office. Overnight treks are not now recommended due to the large amount of volcanic ash.

Price Description: Free.

Relative price: Budget

Travel Skills: None

You Need to Bring: Take along water; the streams are not suitable for drinking thanks to the volcanic ash. Also take food; warm clothing, sun screen.

Currencies accepted
Chilean Peso

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