Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes

Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes

Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes
4.5
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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W8514PGdavidk
San Francisco, United States9 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Friends
I am not sure where all these five star reviews are coming from. This trip was not what we were led to believe. Let me start with something no one is mentioning (I suspect because most of these reviews are from “Local Guides”) - the majority of the special trees in the Arrayanes Forest looks dead (see photos). The trees were apparently shocked by a heatwave ten years ago and have not yet recovered, meaning their trunks are gray, not the orange you see in most the promotional photos. This was a massive disappointment, particularly having seen extensive crepe myrtle and madrone forests in the US. The boardwalk tour is fine but lasts about 20 minutes with not much in the form of information along the way. Everyone we encountered at the end of the boardwalk had a “Really? That’s it?” look on their face.

We opted for the bike ride out. It is not a leisurely affair as some have mentioned. If you are an experienced mountain biker, this would be great for you. Not for the novice. The first 2 kilometers are very steep up, then down, so you are pushing your bike most of the time (or even carrying it). This repeats several more times until you get to the famed forest, though there are long stretches of a gentle downhill. The return would be a continuous gradual climb back to the steep parts, which would have been really tough for that distance.

The trail is well maintained and the flora is nice enough but it would be hard to say this is a better choice than the other hikes in the area. There is only one bay overlook that I recall. The rest is deep forest.

We took the boat back (8000 pesos) along the Patagonia east side (instead of the bay) and that was actually quite stunning and the boat guide gave a nice talk.

I grew up in the National Park system in the US and I don’t like to besmirch anywhere people are trying to care for nature, but it seems, given the prices being charged by those enabling folks to visit this location, this is a conundrum - the parque needs the money to survive, locals need money to survive, but I guess I am just telling folks to not always believe what you read in reviews.
Written 26 February 2023
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Fu J
Hong Kong, China24 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
It is ridiculous that the parks charges you 5500 peso, but there is none maintainance of the road trail. Over the 12km trail, you don't even have one single place to rest, and the road conditions are horrible.

Apart from forest boradwalk near the lake, the rest 11km has NOTHING to see, I don't mean not much to see, but NOTHING, you keep walking in the middle of forest with no views or lookout.

During the date when we visit, the guy in the information center, I guess is the ranger, he just sit there and playing his cellphone, reluctant to serve you and tells you anything about the trail.

I get it. The 5500 peso is paying for the electricity, letting him to play.
Written 29 September 2023
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JudypHHI
Hilton Head, SC45 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We enjoyed this 3 hour long walk, 12 km one way. We would recommend walking the trail first from the town and then boating back. Otherwise the highlights are all at the beginning if you boat first, see the large arrayanes and then have a pleasant but nothing spectacular 3 hour trek. Otherwise, take the boat ride both directions and spend 20 to 30 minutes enjoying the unusual cluster of trees.
Written 7 March 2020
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Climber811936
Fort Qu'Appelle, Canada58 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Although this is a unique and nice forest it is not worth the rather steep entry fee. We took the boat to the end and walked the short circuit at the end. If you do not speak fluent Spanish this is not worth the 25000 pesos fee.
Written 19 November 2023
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LauraGrace1126
Elkhorn, WI500 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We took the boat over and completed the hike in 2 1/2 hours. Thoroughly enjoyed this easy hike. Appreciated the shade as it was quite warm. Most of the bike riders are considerate, but there’s always that 2% that are rude. The wildflowers are just beautiful. It’s not challenging but after some long, hard hikes we were in the mood for this. After the hike, treat yourself to a drink or coffee at Mirador Social Club. Amazing views!!
Written 13 January 2020
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Jesterinoz
Sydney, Australia237 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
We spent about 8 hrs doing a self drive trip through the 7 lakes drive. Well worth it and highly recommended. Some beautiful scenery.
Written 11 November 2019
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Europamonkey
London, UK100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Couples
We mucked up the timing of the boats heading out, so instead hiked out and got the 1445 boat back. The boat we intended to take out was fully booked, so if you are fixed to time or want to go both out and back by boat, consider booking in advance.

The park entrance fee is 250 pesos per person. The path through the park is well maintained throughout, with good signage and kilometre markings. The first kilometre heading out is a steep climb up mostly wooden steps, but after that it’s relatively level going. Good hiking footwear is recommended but not essential. Allow three hours for the 12km hike, with extra time to visit the small lakes en route. The path leads through attractive mixed woodland with occasional viewpoints of the lake. Occasional cyclists did go past us, but there are steep slopes up or down where bikes have to be carried.

At the end of the path, you arrive at a 600m informative boardwalk through the arrayanes woods, which is a curious and pretty end to the walk.

There is a cafe for drinks and sandwiches at the end, not great quality. The pier for the return boat is obvious, but I do suggest getting the ticket for the boat back before you set out on the walk. We paid 400peso per person for the boat ride back, plus the 250peso park entrance fee.

In short, a lovely 3 hour walk, reasonably easy, and an interesting woodland at the end, and a pleasant boat ride back. A good day out.
Written 24 January 2018
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HappyInBlueJeans
Calgary, Canada79 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
We left our hotel (about 6 km west of Bariloche) at 8:30 and drove to the port at Villa de Angostura, arriving about 10:00 am. We parked for free in the municipal parking lot immediately outside the wooden arch that denotes the park entrance and the trail head. As we had not arranged boat tickets in advance we purchased outbound passage only at a price of 650 pesos each on the Catamarán Futaleufú that departs from La Mansa Bay at 11:00. We then purchased our park entry tickets separately at a price of 350 pesos each (total cost per adult for boat trip out plus park admission is 1000 pesos). The park entrance tickets can be purchased either at the information office at the boat pier or from the ranger station located about 100 metres inside the park gate near the municipal parking lot, where there are also baños.
The catamaran holds about 100 passengers and was essentially full at departure. Several passengers, including a large group of school children, arrived with prepurchased tickets, so I was pleased we had arrived early enough to get seats. The boat trip out to the park took about 1 hour, arriving at noon. Narration in Spanish only was provided enroute. At the park there is about a 1 km interpretive boardwalk through the forest, a snack bar, tea house and baños.
We had brought a picnic lunch with us, so started the 12 km walk back to town after spending some time doing the boardwalk. The first km of the trail actually has larger and more interesting myrtle trees than we saw on the boardwalk. The trail is wide and well shaded with a good walking surface and reasonable grades on the various ascents and descents you encounter. Several people do the trail on mountain bikes.
The walk is tranquil and pleasant through quite open forest, but offers no views (miradors) until you are nearly back to town. The first one of Mansa Bay and San Patricia Bay is located directly on the walking path. The second one is located on a spur that branches off to the right about 700 metres from the end of the trail, just as you commence the descent down to the trail head. It offers a spectacular view to the north that is well worth the extra few minutes it takes to go out to it and back.
We arrived back at the parking lot about 4:30 pm, having had a picnic lunch enroute. With a 90 minute drive back to Bariloche it represented a full day outing...not outstanding or highly memorable but pleasant nonetheless.
Written 2 December 2018
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calgert
Sydney, Australia119 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
The 12 km path in the park is a good walk and there are some fine specimens of the trees near the eastern end of the park. However the 500 peso entry price for foreigners is hugely excessive. The trees can be seen elsewhere, Llao Llao has a few and we saw many on Chile’s island of Chiloe, especially at the national park near Cucao. The walk in this park is not special enough to justify the price for foreigners. Walking in the area around the Rio Correntoso is pleasant (and free).
Written 15 March 2017
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tjoyef
55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
A very small National park within the bigger park—just gorgeous! A very short -quarter mile?-walk thru an unusual forest of special myrtle trees with beautiful orange bark
Written 22 February 2020
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