Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park - Chile

Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park – Chile

Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park Chile
Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park Chile

Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park was established in 1926 and is the oldest not only in Chile, but also in South America. It is located in the Andean mountain range, in the province of Llanquihue.

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Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park Chile

Osorno volcano is the main attraction of the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park. Osorno is one of the most active volcanoes in the Chilean Andes. The top of the volcano is completely covered with snow and ice throughout the year, despite the fact that it is located in a region with a rather mild climate. The ice sheet is maintained thanks to the heavy snowfalls that fall here during the winter.

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Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park Chile

Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park Attractions

Symmetrical in shape, the summit of the Osorno volcano attracts skiers and tourists from all over the world. There is a ski center near the top of the volcano, which has everything you need to practice this sport. From the small village of Ensenada, you can climb to the top of the volcano. In time it takes about 6 hours round trip.

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Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park Chile

The second attraction of the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park is the Petroue River. It originates from Lake Todos los Santos. The famous Petroue waterfall is located on the river. (more…)

Nevado Tres Cruces National Park - Chile

Nevado Tres Cruces National Park – Chile

Nevado Tres Cruces National Park
Nevado Tres Cruces National Park

Nevado Tres Cruces National Park was formed on an area of ​​59,081.87 hectares on June 29, 1994 (46944, 37 hectares in the Laguna Santa Rosa sector and 12137.5 hectares in the Negro Francisco lagoon sector). Located in the communes of Copiapo and Tierra Amarillo (Copiapo province, Atacama region). In addition, since December 1996, the Negra Francisco – Santa Rosa Lake Complex has been protected as a Ramsar site. The park also includes a part of the Marikunga salt marsh.

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Nevado Tres Cruces National Park

The Nevado Tres Cruces National Park is located in the province of Copiapo, east of the city of Copiapo, in the Atacama region. The area is 59,081 hectares, divided into 2 parts. The first part of the park occupies the southern part of the Salar de Maricunga, the Santa Rosa Lagoon and the Lamas River Valley and covers an area of ​​4694, the Santa Rosa Lagoon and the Lamas River Valley, an area of ​​46944.5 hectares. The second part occupies the Negro Francisco lagoon and the mouth of the Astaburuaga river, with an area of ​​12136.50 hectares.

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Nevado Tres Cruces National Park

Nevado Tres Cruces National Park

A cold mountain desert climate with insufficient humidity is characteristic. The daily and seasonal temperature ranges are large. Winter precipitation falls in the form of snow, and occasionally drizzling precipitation, which is typical for the type of climate “Bolivian winter”. The average annual temperature is 6.90C, the amplitude is 21.90C (the average temperature in January is 16.70C, July is minus 5.20C).

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Nevado Tres Cruces National Park

According to the Gahaardo classification, the territory of the Nevado Tres Cruces National Park belongs to the region of the high-mountainous Andean steppes, the Altiplano and Pune sub-regions. There are plant communities of desert steppes of the Andean salt marshes and high-mountain deserts (such as the Andean saltpeter springs – Ojos del Salado). (more…)

Discover Osorno Volcano - Chile

Discover Osorno Volcano – Chile

Osorno Volcano
Osorno Volcano

The Osorno volcano is the main attraction of the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park and the entire region. Its almost perfect cone with a snow-capped cap is visible from afar and serves as a kind of photo greeting from the Chilean side of the Lake District. Wonderful views of the volcano open from Puerto Varas and Frutillara, from the Lianquihue and Todos Los Santos lakes, from the Petroue waterfalls and many other scenic spots. The snow-covered dome of Osorno Volcano is very similar in shape to the Japanese Fujiyama, which undoubtedly adds to its attractiveness.

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Osorno Volcano

Despite the rather mild climate of these places, the top of the volcano is always covered with snow – over the summer it simply does not have time to melt. Osorno’s height is 2652 meters.

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Osorno Volcano

Osorno Volcano

Osorno Volcano is an active stratovolcano, considered one of the most active in the Chilean Andes. On January 19, 1835, Charles Darwin watched its eruption during his trip to South America. Once upon a time, streams of incandescent lava spread over the surroundings, and today its frozen remains can be found everywhere and in the most unexpected places.

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Osorno Volcano

An excellent new road leads to the top of the volcano; from above, a stunning panorama of the picturesque surroundings opens up – transparent lakes, picturesque villages (in the German style), dense forests and clouds that are just under your feet. (more…)

Discover Atacama Desert - Chile

Discover Atacama Desert – Chile

Atacama Desert
Atacama Desert

The Atacama Desert is known for its extremely rare rainfall: in some places it has not rained for several hundred years. The temperature here is quite moderate and there are often fogs, but because of its dryness, the flora and fauna are not rich. However, Chileans have learned to cope with the peculiarities of their desert, extract water and organize exciting tours of the sand mounds.

Main characteristics of the Atacama Desert

Many have heard what the Atacama is famous for, but they do not know in which hemisphere it is located and how it was formed. The driest place on Earth stretches from north to south in western South America and is sandwiched between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes. This territory of more than 105 thousand square kilometers belongs to Chile and borders on Peru, Bolivia and Argentina.

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Atacama Desert

Despite the fact that this is a desert, the climate here can hardly be called sultry. Day and night temperatures are moderate and vary with altitude. Moreover, Atacama can even be called a cold desert: in summer there is no more than 15 degrees Celsius, and in winter the temperature rises to an average of 20 degrees. Due to the low air humidity, glaciers do not form high in the mountains. The temperature difference at different times of the day causes frequent fogs, this phenomenon is more typical of winter.

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Atacama Desert

The Chilean desert is crossed by only one river Loa, the channel of which runs in the southern part. From the rest of the rivers, only traces remained, and then, according to scientists, there has been no water in them for more than a hundred thousand years. Now these areas are oasis islands, where flowering plants are still found. (more…)

Discover Valle de la Luna - Chile

Discover Valle de la Luna – Chile

Valle de la Luna Chile There are many places on Earth with supernatural landscapes. One of them can be called Valle de la Luna, which means “Valley of the Moon” in Chile. His majestic lifeless paintings are reminiscent of the panoramas of Mars transmitted by interplanetary stations. Valle de la Read more…

Torres del Paine National Park - Patagonia

Torres del Paine National Park – Patagonia

Torres del Paine National Park Chilean Patagonia
Torres del Paine National Park Chilean Patagonia

They converged – wave and stone, tundra and forest, mountain and fjord, glacier and waterfall. The unique landscapes of the Torres del Paine National Park Biosphere Reserve in southern Chile are amazing: here you can see several natural areas at once. Translated from the language of the Mapuchi Indians, Torres del Paine means “blue towers”: stone spiers soaring into the sky are the hallmark of the National Park. Chilean Patagonia. These three needle-like granite mountains – ranging from 2,600 to 2,850 meters – are located in the central part of the park. In 1978, Torres del Paine was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Torres del Paine National Park area – 2,420 km². Foxes, llamas, cougars, condors and even the endangered Andean deer live in the park’s reserve, and cypresses and orchids grow in the forests.

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Torres del Paine National Park Chilean Patagonia

Scottish writer Florence Dixie is called the discoverer of the national park for the general public. After traveling through the Torres del Paine National Park in 1879, she wrote the best-selling book Through Chilean Patagonia.

Advice

You can travel to Torres del Paine National Park by car. Be careful: there is a speed limit on the territory due to strong winds and difficult road topography – 60 km / h. In addition, wild animals living in the reserve often run out onto the road.

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Torres del Paine National Park Chilean Patagonia

Chilean travel companies organize tours of Torres del Paine National Park of various lengths, including one-day bus excursions from Puerto Natales or Punta Arenas.

The Torres del Paine National Park offers excellent trekking conditions. There are routes for both beginners and experienced mountain hikers; the most popular is track W. On average, the routes are designed for 3-5 days. Hotels, hostels and guest houses have been built on the territory of the reserve, as well as camping sites where you can spend the night. It is better to take food with you: there are food interruptions in the park, and guest houses may not have the necessary products. Full board is available subject to hotel accommodation. It is better to book places in advance. Especially during the high trekking season from November to February.

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Torres del Paine National Park Chilean Patagonia

Torres del Paine National Park, Chilean Patagonia

Other activities in Torres del Paine National Park include rafting and kayaking.

When hiking in the Torres del Paine Nature Reserve, be sure to consider the region’s climatic conditions. It is almost always quite windy and cloudy here. In summer, the air warms up to + 10 ° C on average, and in winter it ranges from 0 to +7 ° C. The water temperature in rivers and lakes does not rise above + 5 ° C.

On Lake Pehoe, located in Torres del Paine National Park, motor ships run three times a day. They can take you to the Gray Glacier. Tickets can be purchased at the pier. (more…)