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Excursions by car

Suizandina lies in a region where the varying landscape and beautiful natural surroundings can easily be discovered by car.

If you would like to profit from your rental car and you dont want to hike too far, we would suggest that you take advantage of one of our excursion suggestions.

Depending on the road conditions and the amount of snow in wintertime parts of the proposed tours may not be passable. However, usually most of the roads are accessible from November to July for all types of cars. Please contact us for updated information regarding any of the following trips.

Conguillío National Park

The Conguillío National Park with its smoking volcano, its lagoons and wonderful old forests is one of Chiles most beautiful protected areas. The Park ranges over 60.000 hectres and its highest peak, the active volcano, Llaima, measures 3.125 m. The park is situated approximately 60 km from Suizandina.

Visiting the Park by rental car is ideal as it enables you to see all of the sights according to your own schedule. However, if you are travelling without a car, we can organise a day trip by minibus which brings you to the nicest places in the Park, from where hikes can be undertaken.

The Conguillío National Park is an easy day trip. We recommend the following routes:

Conguillío direct
Drive directly from Suizandina to the Parks entrance and after a stop at the Laguna Captrén, visit the visitor centre and the Laguna Conguillío found at the heart of the Park. On your drive further through the Park, its worth taking a look at the turquoise colored Laguna Arcoiris. Time permitting, the Laguna Verde, on the Parks south side provides the perfect turning point. Otherwise we suggest that you drive directly to the Playa Linda at Laguna Conquillíos south-end so that you have enough time to enjoy the wonderful hike in the direction of the Sierra Nevada (app. 2½ hrs).

Conguillío via Ruta Interlagos
Travel towards the Conguillío National Park and follow the signs Ruta Interlagos before reaching the Parks entrance. The newly built road leads you to the right of the volcano Llaima, direction Cunco-Melipeuco. Here you will also see signs with interesting historical information. Via Melipeuco the National Parks southern entrance can be reached. As described above, we recommend that you visit the four lagoons and hike in the direction of the Sierra Nevada (opposite way around).

Conguillío via Lonquimay and Icalma
Travel eastward, over the Paso de los raíces through varying landscapes to the village of Lonquimay . Then travel southward over the La Fusta pass, through forests and to Icalma. This area is largely populated by the Pehuenche and Mapuche aborigines. Shortly before arriving in Melipeuco turn right in the direction of Conguillío National Park. As described earlier (Conguillío direct) we recommend that you visit the various sites of interest in the Park. Exit the Park, direction north, and drive back to Suizandina via Curacautín.

Tolhuaca National Park
In most travel guides this National Park has been unjustly overlooked.
Many day hikes to waterfalls and lagoons can be undertaken in the Park, which lies approximately 72 km away from Suizandina.

You reach the park after a 35 km northerly drive from Curacautín. Past the Termas Tolhuaca a gravel road leads you over a plateau to the Parks entrance.

Shortly after the entrance a footpath to your right takes you to the Laguna Verde. This path leads you through a mixed forest which is typical for this area. After about 1½ hrs you will be reach the beautiful Laguna Verde, the perfect place for a well-deserved rest. After returning on the same path, drive to the Laguna Malleco. Here a shady path leads along the lagoon to the imposing waterfall Malleco. This is an easy two hour walk.

Without a car this National Park is difficult to reach; however we can organise a minibus.

 
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