1. How to get there: The network is located in the Cordillera de la Costa, Osorno Province, and department of Lagos. Osorno City, capital of the province of the same name, lies 920 km from Santiago, from where it can be reached by land through Route 5 South, a journey of 10 hours. By air, the trip is done in 1 hour a direct flight. Once in Osorno, you still travel 65 km to reach Maicolpue community, which is the northern entrance to the parks network.
2. Ecosystem: Given its abundant flora and fauna, this area is considered one of the 25 global priority sites for conservation. The ecosystem of the region has been recognized by the World Wildlife Fund and the World Bank as one of 200 global ecosystems that conserve biodiversity and cultural elements unique to the planet. The extensive network of over 50 km is connected by an ancestral path which allows you to enjoy the extraordinary rainforests containing species as significant as the "Larch", ancient tree declared national monument, as well as the coastal olivillo and cinnamon. This area is home to birds and animals unique in the world, among which highlights the mountain monkey.
3. Tourist attractions: In this region there are natural and cultural attractions of great value, among which highlight the 9 indigenous communities, who have inhabited since ancient times. The South River Community Maicolpi has an unusual topography characterized by having high and rocky cliffs. The Community Loy Cumilef has a beautiful sandy beach with a river and a park where you can walk and relax. Caleta Condor Community has a beautiful beach with the same name and Cholguaco River of crystalline waters. The Community of Manquemapu takes Manquemapu Heritage Park, with Lliuco River Manquemapu, Galpón y Campanario, where visitors can swim and relax. Dante Mawi Community has a white sand beach, the Hueyusca River with calm waters and cliffs, 5 minutes from the beach, and can be visited by motorboat.
4. Tourist activities: Visitors can take walks, go horseback riding and boating, activities in which you will appreciate beautiful landscapes, native species of flora and marine animals such as sea otters and dolphins. Also you can swim and enjoy the beautiful local beaches. Ecotourism and culture activities are made in the company of native guides, trained to provide historical, ecological and ethno botanical interpretation. Travelers can stay with the communities sharing their traditional activities such as fishing, find families who produce beautiful crafts made from wood and articles made in looms by women in the communities.
5. Tourist services: The communities in this network offer tour guides, food and accommodation in family houses or in tents. These services are provided with a program previously developed in terms of preferences and the visitor’s available time. We do not provide transportation services from the airport or bus terminal to communities.
6. Suggested tour package: We offer excursions and hikes from 2 to 7 days through forested areas which include guides, breakfast, picnics, accommodation in family houses or in tents and a boat ride. The price depends on the services you hire, as well as the number of tourists or hikers to form a group.
7. What to bring: Clothing should be adapted to hot weather: shorts, pants, t-shirts, sweater, jacket, waterproof coat, appropriate footwear. For your protection bring sunglasses, sunscreen, medication, and personal hygiene items. If you want to camp: waterproof sleeping bag, mountain tent. To enjoy hiking: food (chocolate bars and cereal), as well as flashlights with extra batteries.
8. Our organization: Community Parks Network set up in 2001 as an initiative of a group of Mapuche communities "Huilliche," who decided to join around a common strategy for regional economic development, and to collectively cope with the multiple external pressures that exist for its exploitation. Among the communities that make up this network are Melillanca Guanqui, Maicolpi, Maicolpi South River, Hueyelhue, Nirehue, Loy Cumilef, Caleta Cóndor, Manquemapu and San Pedro, which are located in the Cordillera de la Costa, Osorno Province belonging Lagos department. One of the objectives of this network is to preserve the forest for future generations, rescue and revalue traditional collective knowledge and generate alternative employment and income for families in communities through ecotourism, handicraft production and other activities compatible with the conservation of natural resources. In the past, the "Huilliche" people had great presence in the sea, by fishing and gathering shellfish and algae, source of livelihood, means of transport and communication between communities.
9. Booking information For reservations, sales and travel information, contact Mapu Lahual Indigenous Association:
- Phone / Fax: (+ 56) 64-201-055; (+ 56) 9-8186-3083; and (+ 56) 9-9013-
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
- Website: www.mapulahual.cl and www.norpatagoniachile.cl
- Address: Freire 585, Ciudad de Osorno, Lakes Region, Chile.
- Contact: Valentino Hinostroza Alonso Matus (Network Coordinator).