The park is full of fallen trunks - so a certain balance feeling is neccesary to climb over them. Trekking poles are a must - they make balancing much easier, and help to find out how deep the mud or the water to cross is along the trails.
This picture was taken on the way back from Laguna Fría, and the trunks were extremely slippery ;-(
The park is beautiful - but mud is also nearly everywhere.
Make sure, your boots are waterproof (I have full leather boots). They don't not prevent the feet from getting wet - but they surely prevent them from getting SOAKED :-)
The trail part where the picture was taken was a little muddy area, but with the dead wood and the trekking poles it was at least possible to step more or less safe through it :-)
Rainforest means rain.
And PN Alerce Andino has a lot of it :-)
Make sure, you have rainproof gear with you when trekking into it's deeper areas.
Gaitors and a rainjacket are a must !
If you take a closer look at the picture, you'll see that even the gaitors don't prevent the upper parts of the trousers of becoming muddy :-)
You can reach the northwestern entrance of PN Alerce Andino (Correntoso Entrance) coming from Puerto Montt or Puerto Varas by taking a bus to Correntoso (45 min drive).
Leave the bus and turn right through the village, until you reach a bridge with a beautiful little waterfall.
Turn right here, pass the campamento Pangal and the CONAF / Park general office.
Then, it's a gravel road of approx. 7 km until the park's entrance gate "Correntoso".
But don't worry - usually there is traffic (timber industry), and hitchhiking is not a problem.
At the park entrance, you can grab water, register, talk with the guaradaria people, who are very helpful for any question you might have.
No entrance fee.
The park has two major entrances. Probably the most frequented one is the northwestern entrance "Sector Correntoso".
Fondest memory: Map has been taken from this website:
(for more information on the park and it's facilities please check out the site)