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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  • 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 »
  • My husband and I drove through the park during our road trip through Chile. It is a magnificent park. We drove through the whole route and was awed the entire time. Two big thumbs up. Unfortunately we...  more »
  • We probably took 100 pictures inside the park. It is that beautiful! The views of the volcano and the glaciers are exceptional! The lake is gorgeous too. Stay clear of the buses rumbling through: they...  more »
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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!
  • It is a beautiful park with trails of very different landscapes and colours, volcanic landscapes, rushing waterfalls, verdant forests and Lake. It has very nice interpretive trail adapted for person with reduced mobility (wheelchairs) in much of its route. Beautiful by where visit you. 100% recommended.
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