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Getting to and Away from Parque Nacional Alerce Andino

Ruta V-65 goes from Puerto Montt to Correntoso village, then on to ranger station at Lago Chapo (46 km/28 mi). From Correntoso pueblo to Guardería Correntoso it is 2.5 kilometers (1.5 mi). Sector Sargazo is also accessed from this village (10 km/ 6 mi). The Carretera Austral (Ruta 7) from Puerto Montt passes through Lenca (40 km/24 mi). A rough road, suitable only for 4x4 vehicles, heads to Valle del Río Chaicas and Laguna Chaiquenes (15 km/9 mi). At Km 17 is the ranger station for Sector Valle del Río Chaicas.


Buses for Correntoso, Lago Chapo, Charcas, Arena, Parque Nacional Alerce Andino and other destinations southeast of Puerto Montt depart of the west end of that city’s bus terminal (Avenida Diego Portales s/n, Tel.: 065-34-9011).

To Correntoso: Buses JB (Monday-Saturday 7:40 a.m., 4:15 p.m., 5:15 p.m.; daily12:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., $2, 45 minutes). Continues to Lago Chapo.

To Chaicas / Caleta la Arena: Fierro, Expresos Austral (every 30 minutes 7:45 a.m.-7 p.m. $3 / $4, 1.5 hours / 2 hours).

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