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Villarrica National Park:
  Mirador Los Cráteres
  Los Nevados
  Valle Turbio
  Quetrupillán Ascent
  Villarrica Traverse:
  First Part:
Ski Center - Chinay
("Challupén - Chinay")
  Central Part:
Chinay - Puesco ("Los Venados" and "Las Avutardas")
Huerquehue National Park:
  Los Lagos Trail
  Quinchol and San Sebastián
Villarrica National Reserve:
  Laguna Huesquefilo
Other areas:
  Santuario El Cañi


Laguna Huesquefilo – Villarrica National Reserve
It is a short walk to this remote small lake in the Andes, surrounded by araucarias. It offers wonderful views to the snowy summit of the Sollipulli. However, since it is a long drive from Pucón, it is better to combine it in a circuit with other excursions, instead of planning it as a day trip.
General Information:

Distance and duration:
Until the beach in the south shore of the Laguna Huesquefilo there are 14,2 km roundtrip, 1¾ to 2½ hours uphill, 1½ to 2 hours back. Starting point at 990 meters, maximum height 1.320 meters, total ascent 380 meters.
From Reigolil there are extra 11 kms until the start of the excursion, mostly flat. In time there are about 2 to 3 hours, depending on how much weight are you carrying around.

Physical demand:

Easy. There are no signs to the start of the trail, but once you are there, it is very easy to follow.

Best time to do it:
December to May.

We recommend trekking boots; with dry weather good sport shoes are fine.

Entrance fee:
There is none.


How to get there:
From Pucón, take the good paved road to Curarrehue until km 37. After this town there is a turn to the left with the sign Reigolil. You have to cross the bridge over the Trancura River and immediately afterwards turn again to the left. Now you drive through a good gravel road. At km 38 we reach another bifurcation and you have to take again the road to the left. At km 46 we cross a bridge over the Maichín River, which runs in a tight bed. Always driving through the main road of the valley, at km 49 there is the impressive catwalk “Basas Grande” which is well worth a visit. The road continues through the valley along several hamlets and the small villages of Quiñenahuín (km 65) and then Reigolil (km 79). Until this point there is public transportation once a day. If you are not driving your car, you can cross using the catwalk and continue through a dirt road upriver, always along the main valley, until reaching the entrance to the reservation.
From Reigolil the gravel road continues along the valley which gets wider now and it is possible to see the Nevados de Sollipulli at the bottom. The Nevados is a chain of summits, which actually is the border of a huge crater 3 to 5 kms wide. At km 83 you have to turn to the right and take the road that crosses the Sollipulli River and continues to the north. We come back getting closer to the main river. At km 86 we reach another bifurcation to the right, we cross the Reigolil River and immediately afterwards we turn to the left to get more into the valley. Now the road gets difficult to follow and, if you are not driving a high clearance vehicle, it is better to continue on foot. At km 90 there is a welcoming sign to the National Reservation. After another kilometer we reach a gate and the path gets so bad that it is better to park here.
Route description:

The valley gets narrower and the trail gets closer to the mountain slopes. You can hear the torrent of the River Reigolil or Curinemo further below, but you scarcely see it through the foliage. This first part passes through a well worked countryside, crossing gates and fences limit the trail. After walking for about 20 minutes, you have to take the path to the right which is well marked with a big CONAF sign. Through the trail that continues to the north it is possible to get to Melipeuco in a long walk.
The trail starts to climb the mountain slopes. There are parts with open prairies and others under shadowy forests. There are parts where the trail seems to split, but many times it gets back together. In case of doubt, it is better to always take the one to the left. Walking for another 30 minutes from the beginning of the ascent we reach a plateau, a prairie with araucarias, coigües and bamboo. It is clear that this zone was once exploited; the slopes show remains of old timber fires provoked by the pioneers. To your back there is the southeast slope of the Nevados de Sollipulli with a chain of prominent summits, waterfalls made by the thawing ice that precipitate to the valley.
After walking for another half an hour we reach the shore of the Lagoon Huesquefilo, a water body about 1.000 meters long and 300 meters wide, at a height of 1.295 meters above see level. The shadow of a group of araucarias invite to a picnic.
On the opposite shore you can recognize a sandy beach. To get there you have to follow a path that gets to right (south) and continues along the shore. Several small rivers flood the path and make it difficult to follow, but after 30 minutes a detour to the left will take you to the beach. Other paths continue to the border landmark with Argentina, which is nearby.
From the beach there is a beautiful view to the Lagoon Huesquefilo with the Nevados de Sollipulli at the bottom. Only to get this view, the entire excursion is well worth. Officially it not allowed to camp here, but remains of many bonfires indicate that this prohibition is not quite followed.
The way back is using the same path.


Support for this hike:

You can hire an English or German speaking guide for this excursion for Ch$ 80.000 (US$ 100).

If you don't have your own transport, we can organize the transfer for you (please ask at least with one day in advance). These are the different options, all rates for the ride with up to 4 people:

Transfer to the trailhead
Ch$ 70.000
Dropping off and picking up (on the same day):
Ch$ 100.000
Transfers both ways, including bilingual guide on the hike:
Ch$ 120.000

For larger groups over 4 people, please ask for rates.
Note: The rates do not include possible entrance fees.

GPS Rental:
We can also rent you a GPS device with the uploaded track and waypoints you will need.
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Area map

Path among bamboo and araucarias

In the shadow of araucarias

First meeting with the Huesquefilo lagoon

Sandy beach on the southeastern shore

Huesquefilo lagoon with the Nevados de Sollipulli in the background

The access is not easy


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