New trails offer pristine views of Chile’s Valdivian Rainforest
Chile’s Valdivian rainforest is a the home of beautiful crystal clear rivers that run through the rich greens of the dense bamboo and ferns. While it was already possible to visit this lush oasis in Southern Chile, thanks to new efforts from the country’s forestry service (CONAF), you can delve deeper into the pristine forest than ever before. The Mocho Choshuenco National Reserve and the Alerce Costero National Park — both in Chile’s Los Ríos Region — gained miles of new trails that include vistas and lookout points for getting a bird’s eye view of surroundings. The newest trail blazed through the Mocho Choshuenco National Reserve is just under half a mile long and is named “Afquintue” — which in the local native Mapudungun language means “where you reach the view.” It takes about 30 minutes to stroll along the path as it winds past several lookouts, including one that opens up to a waterfall and another that give a stunning view of the Mocho Choshuenco volcano. The Alerce Costero National Park, located closer to the coast of the region, has a brand new 3.2 mile circuit. Named “Lanilahual,” the new route includes footbridges and even a suspension bridge. The circuit is part of a new project to connect the network of more than 17 miles of trails that run through the park. “We are highlighting the value of these parks in the Los Ríos Region with the help of CONAF and regional funding,” Eduardo Vial, executive director of CONAF said. “It is important to preserve this heritage for future generations and as an institution we are taking concrete steps towards making this happen.” These parks are opening their new trails as more and more visitors are exploring Chile’s many protected zones of pristine wilderness. From Arica to Torres del Paine, millions of tourists — Chilean and international alike — explored the country’s national parks last year alone.