El Cañi

sights / Parks & gardens

El Cañi information

Río Liucura Valley , Chile
Address
Extras Km 21
More information
www.santuariocani.cl
Prices
admission with/without guide CH$10,000/3000
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Lonely Planet review

The nature sanctuary El Cañi is proof that concerned citizens can make a difference and affect conservation of old-growth forests. When logging interests threatened the area in 1991, Fundación Lahuen, a small cluster of concerned folks with start-up funding from Ancient Forests International, formed to purchase the land and develop a drop-dead-gorgeous park with an emphasis on education and scientific research. This success story is now a reserve that protects some 500 hectares of ancient araucaria forest, all of which has been turned over and now successfully maintained by a local guide association, Cañe Guides Group .