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Nahuelbuta National Park

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See Chile from the Sea to the Mountains

Nahuelbuta National Park is one of the few parks located in Chile's Coastal Mountain Range. Created in 1939, it consists of 6,832 hectares situated just 162 km northeast of Temuco. Nahuelbuta (Mapuche for "big tiger") is a sanctuary for araucaria trees, with specimens dating back 2,000 years. Though these are the only trees you will find at the highest altitudes of the park, you will see coigüe, ñirre, oak, lenga, orchids, carnivorous plants as well as birds like the black woodpecker and mammals like the puma, Darwin fox and pudú (a small Chilean deer) in the lower lying areas.

The park features 30 roads and 15 trails which you can explore by car or on foot. The Conaf information center and camping area are both found in Pehuenco, where the most popular route begins. Following it will treat you to over four kilometers of scenic paths before ending at Cerro Piedra de Águila (1,379 meters). The peak offers a terrific view of the park's exuberant and pristine natural wonders, the immensity of the Pacific Ocean to the west, and an impressive chain of Andean volcanoes to the east. At sundown, you can enjoy the most sublime postcard view Nahuelbuta has to offer: a sky marked by red and pink hues framed by hundreds of thousand-year-old araucarias.

 

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Nahuelbuta National Park


 

Getting There

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By Bus
Bus service is available daily from Temuco to Angol.
Local buses depart Angol each morning except for Sunday and head to Vegas Blancas (7 km from the park entrance and 12.5 km from its facilities). In January and February, the buses go all the way to the park entrance. You are permitted to bring bicycles.
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By Car
From Santiago, take Route 5 south to Collipulli (576 km) and then head west to Angol (30 km). The park is located 35 km west of Angol.
 

 

Tips

01

Bring Provisions Better in Summer  
The camping area has bathrooms, cold showers and picnic tables, but there are no stores or restaurants, so you have to bring provisions for your stay.

 

The average annual temperature ranges between 8 and 10ºC, and the park tends to be covered in snow during the winter. The best time of year to visit is from November to April.  

 

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Nahuelbuta National Park is one of the few parks located in Chile’s Coastal Mountain Range. Created in 1939, it consists of 6,832 hectares situated just 162 km northeast of Temuco. Nahuelbuta (Mapuche for “big tiger”) is a sanctuary for araucaria trees, with specimens dating back 2,000 years. Though these are the only trees you will find at the highest altitudes of the park, you will see coigüe, ñirre, oak, lenga, orchids, carnivorous plants as well as birds like the black woodpecker and mammals like the puma, Darwin fox and pudú (a small Chilean deer) in the lower lying areas.

 

The park features 30 roads and 15 trails which you can explore by car or on foot. The Conaf information center and camping area are both found in Pehuenco, where the most popular route begins. Following it will treat you to over four kilometers of scenic paths before ending at Cerro Piedra de Águila (1,379 meters). The peak offers a terrific view of the park’s exuberant and pristine natural wonders, the immensity of the Pacific Ocean to the west, and an impressive chain of Andean volcanoes to the east. At sundown, you can enjoy the most sublime postcard view Nahuelbuta has to offer: a sky marked by red and pink hues framed by hundreds of thousand-year-old araucarias.

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