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 possible.
A lot of trees have fallen on the trails, which are too thick to be removed - such as this one in the picture.
We had the choice of either winding ourselves through the little space between the trunk and the ground or climb over the trunk.
Nice choice if you wear your 20 kg backpack..... :-)
The 3 long-legged of us climbed over the trunk, the short-legged one (me) has chosen the hole :-)
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.
the rodents usually stay in dry places, e.g. refugios and huts, mainly if they are abandoned or not often used.
if you visit PN Alerce Andino, please check with the guardaparque people, they know the latest information - if there are the rodents present, and where they usually are.
When we have been there, they detailed informed us about the situation, told us which hut should not be used.
And if you are camping, there is no risk at all, but take all your gear (cooking, backpacks, shoes etc) into the tent when jumping in the sleeping bags at night..
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 saying is, tabanos are attracted by dark colors. For me, this worked - I wrapped a white cloth around my dark hair, and could really feel the attacks lessen. (the others were blonde, so didn't have that much tabanos around the head as I without my "turban").
The other method would be garlic - the sweat and blood then tastes to noxious for them.