Learn about Native Flora & Fauna of the Patagonian Temperate Forest
Located in the Patagonian Andes in Chile, Huilo Huilo is part of the Valdivian ecoregion and the Biosphere Reserve declared by UNESCO in 2007. It is placed in one of the most valuable and most threatened ecoregions on the planet, sustaining a grand diversity of species of great natural value.
On this wonderful journey you can travel through the Patagonian temperate rainforest and the “hot zones” of flora and fauna in the Reserve. You will learn more about this delicate habitat and its principal protagonists, including some endemic species that will most definitely surprise you!
Seasons Available: Year-Round / Scheduled Outings: Everyday on request / / Minimum to depart: 2 people (in double room. Single Room Supplement USD 211 per person) / Child Rate shared or additional bed: USD 681 per person.
Arrival to Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve: the adventure begins!
The trip begins when our team picks up our group at Puerto Montt airport. We’ll head to Neltume, a small town 3 km from Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve hotels, in Panguipulli county. We’ll arrive at the hotel and have dinner before heading to our lodgings in Nothofagus Hotel & Spa. (Hotel Check in: 3pm)
Pilmaiquén Grasslands and the Fungus or Bryophyte Route.
After breakfast, our voyage begins. We’ll dedicate our morning to discovering the amazingly diverse flora and fauna that the Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve is home to. We’ll go by 4×4 vehicle to the ‘Los Patos’ (The Ducks) lagoon, located in the Pilmaiquén grasslands. After a 15-minute walk, we’ll arrive at a fauna-sighting tower, a fantastic way to observe all the species that make this lagoon their home. The lagoon is fed by rainwater during the rainy season, and tends to dry up during the summer, evidence of changes in temperature that create an abundant amount of food for nesting birds of the area. After 45 minutes walk, we’ll make our way to a second tower, which is located in front of the Guanacos sector, an ideal place to view the great variety of species of the area. After 30 minutes of observation, we’ll make our way to the Guanacos base camp to enjoy lunch accompanied by a selection of Chilean red wines.
Once we’ve had lunch, we’ll begin our descent by vehicle towards our day’s last activity: the Fungi Route. A spyglass and manual will be provided during this activity and our expert guide will teach us how to identify the different species of fungi (mushrooms) that thrive in this Patagonian Temperate Rainforest. Afterwards, we’ll head back to the hotel to a nice dinner and the comfortable accommodations of the Nothofagus Hotel & Spa.
Botanical Trail and Cua Cua River Wetlands
After breakfast, we’ll head towards Huilo Huilo Portal to begin our trek. Although the elevation does not change during the trek, the trail showcases several contrasting and beautiful sights. During our easy-paced trek, which will last approximately 3 hours, our expert guide will tell us the most relevant and interesting facts about each specie that lives in the riverbanks south of Fuy River. We’ll then arrive at a curious little lagoon and make our return through the area’s grasslands, which have a beautiful view of the Mocho-Choshuenco Volcano.
We will return to the hotel for lunch, and in the afternoon, our last adventure of the Wildlife Safari will take place. We will go on a soft off-road excursion on 4×4 Jeeps and explore the wetlands of the Cua Cua River, home to many diverse species of birds, from a wide variety of duck species to the native black-necked swan. In some selected areas, we’ll explore trails by foot, and then finish the excursion by vehicle. We’ll arrive at the Quilmio Bridge to enjoy some coffee, tea, ‘mate’, and hot chocolate, and then return to the hotel. We’ll have a last meal together, share the photos and videos from our adventures, and enjoy our last night in the Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve.
Hasta Pronto Huilo Huilo!
After a restful night, we’ll enjoy breakfast and make our way toward the airport. (Estimated 4 hrs drive). (Hotel Check-out: 11am)
- Hiking Shoes
- Comfortable clothes
- Sun hat & Protector
- Water/windproof jacket
- Fleece jacket
- Trekking Poles (optional)
- Binoculars (optional)
Included In The Price
- 3 nights in Standard Room at Nothofagus Hotel & Spa.
- All transportation & excursions as mentioned on the itinerary.
- Entrance fee to the Biological Reserve
- Full board (First meal on day 1 dinner. Last meal on day 4 breakfast)
- Bilingual guide (Spanish/English)
- Guide group ratio 1:6
- Access to Lawenko SPA (heated pools and sauna)
- Flight Tickets
- Beverages not included in meals.
- Travel Insurance (We recommend it for this trip)
- Personal Items
- Tips & gratuities for guides & hotel staff.
Meet your guide
Huilo Huilo is a 100,000 hectares private natural reserve located in Los Ríos Region, North Patagonia, Chile, whose development is based on three pillars: Conservation of Flora and Fauna, Community Integration and Sustainable Tourism.
Regarding Sustainable Tourism, the Reserve offers various types of accommodations -some worldwide renowned, like Montaña Magica Lodge- and outdoors activities like trekking, flora and fauna watching, snow center, canopy, kayaking and many more, for both domestic and international visitors.