Outdoor sights in Puerto Montt
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Although lightly visited, the mountainous 40,000-hectare (98,842-acre) Parque Nacional Alerce Andino provides excellent opportunities to hike through rare and protected old-growth alerce forest. Lush evergreen forest ranges from sea level to 900m (2953ft), a thick twisting medley of coigue and ulmo, ferns, climbing vines and dense thickets of quila.
You can camp at a dozen Conaf campgrounds, and backcountry camping is another possibility. Several agencies in Puerto Montt and Puerto Varas arrange hikes and tours of the park. It's well worth the effort, if you have the time!