Monumento Natural Lahuén Ñadi
Little native forest remains near Puerto Montt, but substantial stands of alerce, ulmo, mañío, coigüe, and other species survive in this 200-hectare woodland between the city and Aeropuerto El Tepual, despite the steady encroachment of trophy houses surrounded by high fences and guarded by Rottweilers.
Located on the private Fundo El Rincón, the Conaf-administered park features a small visitors center, a cafeteria, a short nature trail, and one slightly longer hiking trail. Midway between the Panamericana and the airport, a bumpy gravel road leads to the park, about three kilometers to the north; water can cover parts of the road when rains are heavy, but the surface is firm gravel and vehicles without four-wheel drive pass easily.
Any airport-bound bus will drop you at the junction, which is about 30 minutes’ walk from the park. Admission costs about US$3.
© Wayne Bernhardson from Moon Chile, 2nd edition