As there are no huts or refugios serving dinner, bring your own stuff into the park and cook on the campgrounds.
As it is a rainforest quite humid, forest fires are not likely to happen.
However, if you are backpacking, you most probably will have your cooking gear with you.
It was a fantastic experience to pitch the tent on this wonderful quiet lake, and prepare the evening pasta, which we served with herbal tea.
And then - simply enjoy the dawn and relax :-)
Favorite Dish: Spicy pasta and hot herbal tea is usually the best possible food to cook outdoors.
Depending on the weight of your gear, a bottle of finest chilean red wine might be an option, too.
Within PN Alerce Andino, hiking is often a challenge. The park's treks are kept by the guardaria people, but nevertheless, rainforest grows quite quickly and demands back it's "space". The people told us that they walk along the trails every month to clear out most of the "backgrowing" bamboo, but still they try to keep the wilderness as natural as...more
Rainforests do provide a totally different environment than other areas. Rodents are attracted very easily, mainly after extremely wet winter periods.A native species of long-tailed rat has been known for carrying hanta virus.BUT:the rodents usually stay in dry places, e.g. refugios and huts, mainly if they are abandoned or not often used.SO:if you...more
Tabanos, a kind of bloodsucking horsefly are quite "popular" in the park in december - late january.They are large and red-black in color and make a terrible buzzing noise. Thus at least you can hear where they are.Insect repellents don't work, but there are methods to at least attrack less attention.One of them is to wear light colors, as the...more
Luggage and bags:
Backpack, and please use a rainproof cover;
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Leather hiking shoes are highly recommended; gaitors and rainproof jacket as well.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: The usual stuff you take for backpacking, water purification (e.g. Micropur or a filter).
Photo Equipment: Oh yes - photo equipment is neccesary. If travelling with non-digital camera, ISO 400 is highly recommended, as it can get quite "dark" deep inside the park.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: The usual camping equipment, but also here - it should stand the rain :-)
If you go there during january / feburary, you might want to take a swim in the lakes, so bathing stuff would be good.
If you plan to stay for some nights, bring enough to cook.
Miscellaneous: Hiking poles, as the trails are wet, and some of the trunks to climb over are slippery;
If you don't mind garlic - take some with you, it's said to prevent you from being an attraction for the horseflies (see my tip on "warning & dangers).
And last but not least:
bring good humor - as the rain can get on you - but nevertheless, it will be a rewarding trip :-))
Alerce Andino NP has an abundant wildlife - inumerous trees, bushes, scrubs, flowers.Among the ever green surroundings little red dots are fascinating highlights.Botellita is a kind of epiphyte, which prefers damp conditions - thus making it a perfect inhabitant of this rainforestry park.They grow on fallen trunks, and make their way also around...more
As mentioned earlier, the park guardians do their best to keep the trails in shape. However, they are "powerless" against the growth potential of rainforestal plants.But this also makes this park such a jewel - that it allows you to even become a a part of this rainforest.Bamboo is very prominent in the park, and it nearly grows at an almost...more
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 ;-(more
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...more
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 :-)more