Parque Nacional Laguna del Laja, Antuco

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Laguna del Laja National Park is a national park of Chile located in the Andes, between 37°22’ and 37°28’ south latitude and 71°16’ and 71°26’ west longitude.GeographyThe park features spectacular mountain landscapes, whose main attractions are the Antuco Volcano, Sierra Velluda and Laguna del Laja (Laja Lake). The latter gives the name to this protected area, but it only borders the park. The park ranges in elevation from 976 m to 3585 m at Sierra Velluda. Although a little snow caps Antuco volcano, much more snow adorns the two major summits of its southern neighbor, even during Chile’s summer. Sharp ridges and deep valleys carve this rugged region, which alternates between bare rock and lush vegetation. Another summit in the park, although least prominent, is Cerro Cóndor at 1,668 m.The park forms part of the Bío Bío River basin. Some small tributaries of Laja River originate in the park.BiologyThe park lies within the Valdivian temperate forests ecoregion.It is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including the cougar and foxes (particularly the chilla and the culpeo). In the park have been identified 47 bird species.Endangered and rare vegetation species are found in the park. Among them are: ciprés de la cordillera, araucaria, maitén del Chubut and radal enano.
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  • Your best postcards are in winter when the volcano is nevado and Park also, but without a doubt, is welcome to visit the rest of the year since there is a beautiful Lake, a river, and the volcano. I think that a bit of clarity is missing to inform tourists but is accessible by car and there are a couple of paths of low, medium and high difficulty. If you only want to have a ride in the car, you can reach the memorial of the tragedy of Antuco, surround the lagoon and taking pictures from the vantage points. Much more is filled when there is already snow since there are ski fields. When still fails the snow landscapes are beautiful and so many people. In July starts the winter schedule, you can enter only until 14: 00 hours.
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  • We took a drive to Antuco region in late April and we got surprised with its beauty and imposing scenery. The National Park was virtually empty allowing us to stop in many different places to take pic...  more »
  • This is a beautiful place, where the immensity and beauty come to feel that one is tiny. It is also a place of meditation knowing that so many young people were killed in the sector.
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  • If you avoid weekends, this is a nice drive up a good gravel and cinder road. The road goes on one side of Lake Laja but never gets very close. the views are dramatic and the road on top goes through relatively recent lava and cinder fields. The Campground a kilometer inside the park is great.
  • Amazing place, good snow, you'll have a very nice experience up there.
  • Amazing view! The "cabañas" are great!
  • Just beautiful. Desolate, barren allmost like what you would expect on the moon!
  • Beautiful place to stroll, this lagoon? The mountains, in the winter snow, really entertaining. There are cottages at good price, the town of antuco is very close.
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