Tepuhueico Park
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Zones and location

Explore nature in its variety of forms

Lake Zone

The peaceful Lake Tepuhueico is located in the center of the Isla Grande de Chiloé. Despite its scale, 14 km² of surface, it is one of the least inhabited and intervened lakes of the island, thus consolidating a natural reserve of native flora and fauna. Its waters flow through the Rio Bravo, forming an impressive waterfall to finally take the momentum that leads them to decant into Lake Huillinco.

Forest Zone

Between the lake and the mountain range lies the most unexplored area of the park. Virgin and evergreen forests whose density invites the discovery of a wide range of native flora and fauna. These forests are characterized by their dynamism and variety of aromas. They are often referred to as “forest society”, since they are home to specimens in different stages of maturity that in their evolutionary process have negotiated a balance that has consolidated their subsistence.

Cordillera Zone

In the middle of the park, 200 meters above sea level, lies the Pirulil mountain range. This 10 km wide strip is made up of stunted forests, dominated by tepúes and cinnamon trees. On the summits are formed plateaus saturated with water that give rise to peat bogs. Its landscape of low mosses is accompanied by millenary cypresses that, when they die, leave exposed their trunks erect in varied shapes and sizes. The scenic beauty of the area is colloquially known as the “Valley of Sculptures”.

Coastal Zona

The uniqueness of the landscape of the open coast of Chiloé is given by its geography. Steep gorges sculpted by an impetuous sea build the scene and fossil rocks tell us of its geological past. While the winds from the Pacific enter in an east-west direction modeling the stunted forests and white sand dunes, the rivers from the west descend to the coast giving rise to coastal lagoons. In these lagoons, seabirds converge with the characteristic avifauna of the interior forest. The lightness of the vegetation favors bird watching.

Zona Bosque - Ubicación

A 40 km al sur de castro. Siguiendo la carretera 5 Sur, se toma la ruta W-80 hacia Cucao (cruce Notuco). Pasado 3 km el Pueblo de Huillinco, a mano izquierda, se llega al cruce del Lago Tepuhueico (indicado por el letrero TEPUHUEICO 2). Desde el cruce son 7 km hasta la portería.

Zona Costa - Ubicación

A 60 km al sur de castro. Siguiendo la carretera 5 Sur, se toma la ruta W-80 hacia Cucao (cruce Notuco). Llegando al Pueblo de Cucao, se debe virar a mano izquierda (camino a Rahue) continuando 10 km hasta la Portería, a unos 900 m del acceso al Muelle de las almas.

Forest Zone - Location

40 km south of Castro. Following highway 5 South, take route W-80 towards Cucao (Notuco crossing). After 3 km past the town of Huillinco, on the left hand side, you reach the Tepuhueico Lake crossing (indicated by the TEPUHUEICO 2 sign). From the crossing it is 7 km to the gate.

Coastal Zone - Location

60 km south of Castro. Following highway 5 South, take route W-80 towards Cucao (Notuco crossing). Arriving at the town of Cucao, turn left (road to Rahue) and continue 10 km to the Portería, about 900 m from the access to the Muelle de las almas.