In a high roadless area about 21 kilometers east of Pucón, the Fundación Lahuen administers 400 hectares of mixed araucaria forest in the Santuario Cañi, Chile’s initial private nature reserve. A project is underway to create a “Sendero Pehuén” to connect the reserve with Parque Nacional Huerquehue, as part of the ambitious Sendero de Chile project; it will have campgrounds, refugios, trail markers, and hygienic facilities.
For the moment, access is limited to guided hikes under the auspices of the Fundación Lahuen through Hostería ¡Ecole! (Urrutia 592, Pucón, tel. 045/441675, fax 045/441660) and other local operators. For information in the United States, contact Ancient Forests International (Box 1850, Redway, CA 95560, tel./fax 707/923-3001).
© Wayne Bernhardson from Moon Chile, 2nd edition