One of Chile’s biggest attractions are its national parks, which comprise 14 million hectares spread out from the Atacama Desert in the north...
to the Patagonia in the south, with thousands of kilometers of tourist trails that let you gaze upon the diversity of the unique flora, fauna, and scenery.
Recently UNESCO announced the designation of another World Biosphere Preserve: the biological corridor of Nevados de Chillán-Laguna del Laja, where you’ll find the park of the same name, with over 11,600 hectares lying right in the center of Chile.
Laguna del Laja National Park is an extremely important environment for world biodiversity, characterized by an abundance of outstandingly unique species, such as the condor, huemul, Magellan carpenter bird, vizcachas (a type of “mountain rabbit”), and the Tucúquere, an owl that inhabits the mountainous area of the preserve.
Part of the Chilean Trail (a system of hiking trails throughout the country) runs through the park, extending over 36 kilometers, and the last 25 are accessible by bicycle. The trail meanders along the border of mountain cypress forests and crosses a lava river, from where it’s possible to glimpse all kinds of volcanic activity.