Reserva Nacional Cerro Castillo, Coyhaique

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Cerro Castillo National Reserve is a nature reserve of Chile located in the Aysén del General Carlos Ibáñez del Campo Region, south of Coyhaique. The reserve is named after Cerro Castillo, its highest mountain and main attraction. The Carretera Austral passes through the reserve.Mammals in the reserve include South Andean deer, guanacos, pumas and canines of the genus Lycalopex. Notable birds that inhabit in the area are the austral parakeet and the Andean condor.Lenga is the most common tree species in the reserve.The northern portion of the reserve is part of Aisén River drainage basin, whereas that the southern portion is included in the basin area of Ibáñez River.
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Where to stay in Coyhaique

Most options remain close to the river on the western side of town, where you can find a range of hotels and guesthouses. For a slightly more refined experience, look for resort-style accommodations with pools and onsite restaurants. Alternatively, consider staying at one of a handful of campgrounds in and around town.
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  • This is amazingly breath taking beautiful contact with pure unspoiled nature. The nature that people so mindlessly devastate in so-called 'first world'. Don't go there to spoil it - just be happy it's...  more »
  • A fantastic 4 day trek around Cerro Castillo, or shorter options. If lacking time, you can do a horseride plus walk up the emergency track to the lake and stunning views of the mountains and glacier. ...  more »
  • The hike to the laguna on Cerro Castillo was amazing- takes 5 hours total. Views of Lago Carrera are incredible on a clear day. It's a difficult hike (very steep) but well worth it! Can be cold at the...  more »
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  • I did a 4 day hike (starting in Las Horquetas) to the lagoon and it's very difficult but rewarding at the same time. The 1 day hike it's difficult as well and dangerous, but still worth it. I will do it again for sure, even it is not an easy hike (it has high difficulty)
  • Not an easy day hike to the lagoon, but in good weather the views are amazing. Park entry fee of 5000 CLP for foreigners. The camping near the enterance to the park is quieter than the camping in the back of Villa Cerro Castillo
  • From the top of the hill you can have an amazing view of the valley, the Cerro Castillo Hill and lagoon. The short hike (you leave from Villa Cerro Castillo) takes about 6 hours, and it is a difficult climb, but totally worth it.
  • The lagune is amazing !!! The reserve a lot of place to do camping
  • I did the 5 day hike and it was one of the best hikes I did in Patagonia (probably anywhere). It is extremely beautiful and not crowded as most of them are down there! Then only bad thing is that it can snow on any day, and it is also extremely windy!