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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  • August 9, 2017
    There are locals willing to take their own fields and rustic to share a barbecue or fishing in rivers without the traditional trappings of organized tourism. they are amazing places that traditional tourism does not know. We must reach the people and ask for jorge garcia and takes you to your field and makes you a roast that the breeding animals. just bring a good bottle of wine. If you like fishing the takes you to the river and you can catch and eat your piece to the embers. that if not expect amenities. never eat something more organic than that
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  • August 2, 2017
    You should certainly visit it. Drive with caution by Huemul, generally the time from 4 to 5:30 pm app. If after a car stopped, safe is because they saw one
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  • July 11, 2017
    The reserve Cerro Castillo is a lovely place, a beautiful nature to learn and contemplate, great for hiking, and if you're lucky, you can see huemules, I saw two! If you have the opportunity, do the route of walking through the reserve, not be regret!
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  • March 6, 2017
    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)
  • February 10, 2017
    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
  • February 1, 2017
    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.
  • January 23, 2017
    The lagune is amazing !!! The reserve a lot of place to do camping
  • February 12, 2015
    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!

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