The Ancient Alerce

Resembling California’s giant sequoia, the alerce flourishes in middle Patagonia’s temperate forests, growing only about 1cm every 20 years. As one of the planet's longest-living species, it can live for thousands of years. Individual specimens of this beautiful tree can reach over 4m in diameter and exceed 60m in height. Like the giant sequoia, it has suffered overexploitation because of its valuable timber.