Cerro Castillo National Reserve

The melting of glaciers, which landed on this territory thousands of years ago, gives life to the trails and valleys that today make up this reserve.

The melting of glaciers, which landed on this territory thousands of years ago, gives life to the trails and valleys that today make up this reserve. Its untamed nature reflects the natural, geological and volcanological changes that this region has experienced for centuries.

The Reserve stands out for the protection of species such as the huemul or South Andean deer (Hippocamelus bisulcus,) the puma (Felis concolor,) the guanaco (Lama guanicoe,) the Patagonian chingue (Conepatus humboldti) and the culpeo fox or zorro colorado (Pseudalopex culpaeus,) among others.

In regards to flora, the predominant vegetation in deciduous forests are the lenga beech (Nothofagus pumilio), the ñirre (Nothofagus Antarctica,) the notro (Chilean firebush) also called ciruelillo (Embothrium coccineum) and the calafate (Berberis buxofolia).

This area has a tendency to get a cold steppe climate as well as a continental trans-Andean climate that degenerates into steppes, including a great section of the Andes Mountain Range, with very cold temperatures and snowfall during the winter.

In the vicinities of the crossing towards Puerto Ibáñez, the majestic mountain Cerro Castillo dominates the view from the heights; with its glaciers and snowdrifts and 2,675 meters of height, it has become a popular spot for those who love outdoor activities.

a- General Information

Year of Establishment: Established on the 19th of June 1970

Total Area: 138,164 hectares.

Location: It is located to the south of the Aysén region, at 65 kilometres from the city of Coyhaique.

Nearby Towns: Coyhaique, Puerto Ibáñez, Villa Cerro Castillo

Distance and Estimated Time from Coyhaique: 65 kilometres, 1 hour.

Fares:

National. – Adults $2.000; children under 6 years of age: free; children between 6 and 18 years of age: $1.000; elderly people (over 60 years of age): $1.000; adult with disability: $1.000; children with disability: free.

International – Adults and elderly people: $3.000; children: $1.500

Facilities: Camping site: $5.000 per day; Picnic: $3.000. Sendero de Chile: $5.000/ pax.

b- Access Routes (by land/ by sea/ by air)

By land

c- What to do / Activities:

Cerro Castillo National Reserve stands out for the trekking trails that lead to its main summits: Cerro Castillo (2,318 meters above sea level) and Cerro Las Cuatro Cumbres (2273 meters above sea level.) In addition, it is equipped with camping facilities.

TRAILS

Link to map of Cerro Castillo National Reserve