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The Sendero de Chile in Parque Nacional Puyehue - Trekking Parque Nacional Puyehue - Chile

An important part of the Sendero de Chile connects with a trail in Parque Nacional Pérez Rosales, bordering PN Puyehue to the south. The trail covers 75 kilometers (45 miles) and is divided into two legs:



Anticura – Antillanca (Distance: 50 kilometers / 30 miles, Difficulty: medium to high): This route goes from Sector Anticura, passing through Pampa Frutilla, to the Raihuén crater on Volcán Casablanca in Sector Antillanca. It is open all year, though there are winter restrictions in the highest part. Challenges of this trail include lava fields and snow. Birdwatching is excellent.


Antillanca – Santa Elvira (Distance: 25 kilometers / miles, Difficulty: medium to high, with some steep (30º) slopes): You can begin this trek from Santa Elvira (65 kilometers / 39 miles from Osorno) or from the park administration at Aguas Calientes. Highlights include lagoons, waterfalls, virgin forest, and abundant flora and fauna (especially birds).

Parque Nacional Puyehue, Chile


Travel Tips: From December to March you won't need any special equipment, but you do need good footwear, as you will be walking across lava fields. In other months, when traversing volcanoes you'll need snow shoes, or you can sometimes cross country ski the trails (esquí de fondo, esquí de marcha). For more details on this trek, see


Elvira has lodging and camping, as well as other very basic services. For lodging and food options in the Anticura and Antillanca Sectors of the national park, see those entries.

Price Description: From Osorno there is public transportation to Santa Elvira. For Getting to the Anticura and Antillanca Sectors of the national park, see Getting to and Away from Parque Nacional Puyehue.

Relative price: Budget

Travel Skills: None

You Need to Bring: Good camping equipment (able to tolerate cold and wet conditions), camp stove and fuel, sufficient food supplies.

Currencies accepted
Chilean Peso

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