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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  • Place where he mingles the vegetation and mountains. It is those places has no publicity but positively amazing.
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  • Opportunity to appreciate huemules even from the road, easily accessible from Villa Cerro Castillo. If you like to walk you can make a trek up to the mirador de Cerro Castillo by the day, seems to me not to be missed. About 18 km round-trip. It is worth by the panoramic views from the sector and above all the beauty of the Hill and its lagoon. You must pay by passing through a particular venue. Eye with the path, when you upload is easy to not lose the path going down you can deviate from the road without realizing.
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  • Departing from Coyhaique, Chile, our Wilderness Travel group van traveled south on the famous Carretera Austral (Southern Way), which is Chile’s Route 7 that runs 770 miles from Puerto Montt to Villa ...  more »
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  • Worth it. Really great hike. They had us pay 10,000 CLP to get in (hours to get in are between 8:30am and 1:30pm) through a small wooden door. The hike is pretty easy but it's a climb. The view is amazing.
  • The new Torres del paine. Should not be missed. Don't forget the side trails.
  • 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.

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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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