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Friday, 01 January 2016

Parque Nacional Conguillio (Conguillio National Park), Chile - Page 2

Written by Dan Duke
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Chile´s 9th region (Araucanía). Northeast of Melipeuco and 110 kilometers east of Temuco; approx ref: -38.658703, -71.618961

How to get there?

We drove from Temuco to Melipeuco then another 28 km to the park entrance. The park website details another route, as well as access by bus through Melipeuco.

Walking with the Dinosaurs

If you recall the BBC/Discovery Channel series “Walking with the Dinosaurs”— it was filmed here at Parque Nacional Conguillio, chosen for its hypnagogic, ancient volcanic landscapes filled with the ancient and armored appearance of the araucania trees that stand everywhere like Mesozoic umbrellas.

When is the park open?

Spring through Autumn {November–April}. We were there just after the park opened for the season, and at the time all the snow had melted in the lowlands.


Humid and temperate weather. Northern extension of the Valdivian temperate rain forest. It could be raining at any time of the year. The temperature fluctuates widely between day and night in the interior, and it gets much colder in the highlands (similar to what you would find in Lake Tahoe). We were all comfortable. We lit the wood stove each night, but it wasn't really necessary.

Surrounding Attractions

Gorraluo Ski Center, Collico Lake, Galletue Lagoon, Malalcahuello, Conguillío National Park, Tolhuaca National Park, Alto Bío Bío National Reserve, Dillo River, Indio Waterfalls, Manzanar Springs, Llaima Volcano. In the area you can also find canopies, ziplines, a few eco-tourism spots, hotsprings (termas) and many fishing opportunities in the countless rivers and lakes. The Argentina crossing to Villa Pehuenia is also not far away.


The entrance costs are approximately $1 (US) for children and $6 (US) for adults. Campsite Cabins vary in cost and are subject to availability. You should check the website and make reservations as early as possible. We made our reservations by credit card without a hitch.


There are one-, two-, and three-day trekking options with many chances for viewing wildlife, fishing, and relaxation along the way. If you have the gear, it´s a perfect destination for hiking and sleeping under the stars.



©Dan Duke


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