Los Alerces National Park
An ideal spot for hiking, sailing and sport fishing in a gorgeous ancient forest.
Located in the Andes in Chubut Province, its western boundary coincides with the Chilean border. Successive glaciations have molded the landscape in the region creating spectacular features such as moraines, glacial cirques and clear-water lakes.
Designated a World Heritage Site in 2017, the park was created in 1937 to protect forests of alerce trees, called lahuán by the Mapuche people, and other examples of the flora of the Patagonian Andes.
The vegetation is dominated by dense temperate forests, which give way to alpine meadows higher up under the rocky Andean peaks. A highly distinctive and emblematic feature is its alerce forest in excellent state of conservation, the largest alerce forest in this country. The globally threatened alerce tree is the second longest living tree species in the world (more than 3,600 years). It is often compared in appearance to the Sequoia trees of the United States, reaching a very large size.
You can practice trekking, sailing by the lakes, sport fishing and observing flora and fauna. It is also possible to combine a boat excursion with walking through paths where you can admire the richness of a pure forest of alerces.