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Trekking and mountaineering in the Andes

You can begin your hikes right from our front door. Marked hiking trails run along our property and offer a wide range of touring possibilities. Relatively easy hikes, longer trekking tours, or difficult glacier and snow crossings are all accessible. Furthermore, you have a good chance of spotting a magnificent condor in flight while hiking.

We put the nicest hiking tours together and described them for you. Of course there are many more possibilities to discover our area by foot. They can as well be combined. At Suizandina you get more detailed information for having a varied stay.

Informationen zur Nationalreserve Nalcas - Malalcahuello
important: please read bevor you visit the Nationalreserve Malalcahuello-Nalcas

Malalcahuello Nationalreserve

The National Reserve Nalcas-Malalcahuello with its administration at the main street in Malalcahuello is one of the most attractive spots for our guests. First of all you can start directly at Suizandina and then the foresters made some of the nicest walking-paths of this region in there. The leased ski-area Corralco is situated in the National Reserve as well.
The volcano Lonquimay lies inside this area and since shortly they ask for an entrance and hiking-fee. You need to registrate and pay a fee for the Natural Reserve as well as for the ski-center.
At the moment its not easy to see through all of this. We try to let you know the updated information, please contact us.

What else can you do in the National Reserve?
The access to the area is very easy. Its nice to take your car to the foot of the volcano Lonquimay and to the vantage point near the crater Navidad. The landscape is very varied and guarantees people with little time a complete impression of the area.

Not only the main crater but as well the crater Navidad can be accessed. This is an easy and short hike.

The walking-path Piedra Santa, starting from the Conaf administration (forestry superintendents office) in Malalcahuello, is one of the nicest in the whole area. Its a circuit tour to the foot of the volcano through Araucaria woods leading directly to Suizandina.

In the Lonely Planet Trekking Guide as well as in the very complete trekking guide from Henk Filipos (Netherlands) you find the description for a 5-day-hike around the volcano Lonquimay. More and more people are doing it and they all are enthusiastic about it.
Its possible to leave some luggage at our place while doing this trail.

In the Northern part of the reserve you find the spring of the Cautin River. Its possible to follow the river from its beginning in a circuit tour. You can take a rest or even stay overnight in your tent in the area of the Paso de los Raices. Its a alp belonging to the Pehuenche Red Indians.

Piedra Santa hike

The easy hike takes you through Chilean virgin forest. The proud Araucaria, the Chilean national tree that can get more than 1000 years old, builds together with the giant Coigüe an impressive scenery.

The well-kept path starts at the CONAF administration in Malalcahuello and goes up to the timber-line and to the highest point of the hike, the Cerro Colorado. From there, you have a great round view to the valley of the Cautín River and the mountain chains around. Then you walk to the foot of the volcano Lonquimay and directly back to Suizandina. This hike takes you about 6 hours.

Lonquimay volcano tour

The Lonquimay (2940 m) is our house-mountain and for many of our guests the main attraction. If you are an experienced mountain climber you can reach the top of it on your own. But you shouldnt underestimate it - depending the season and the conditions you have to except snow and icy parts. You might need sticks, climbing-irons and maybe even a rope.
The hike starts at the ski-station Corralco, 20 km from Suizandina at 1600 m.o.s.. The first two thirds of the way are technically easy and no problem for people with good condition. But on the upper part you walk over ashes and stones what makes it harder. For the ridge on the last third you need to be free from giddiness and sure footed. Often there are strong winds blowing.
Going to the top takes you three to four hours. If the view is good, you can see up to 14 volcanoes in a 250 km radius up there.

If you want to go to the top of Lonquimay sure and without any incidences, we organize a local guide with international certificate for you. Please contact us.

Llaima volcano tour

The volcano Llaima (3200 m) is situated in the Conguillio National Park. To the Laguna Captrén (1600 m.o.s.) its a 1½ h drive.

For experienced hikers its possible to go to the top on there own. For less experienced ones we recommend to take a local guide on the tour. Please contact us.

You have to expect snow and icy parts the whole year through. You need good mountain shoes, sticks, climbing-irons and maybe even a rope.

The first three hours are technically easy and no problem for people with good condition. On the upper part its getting steeper (up to 45%) and you have to take care not to slide on the ashes, stones or even on snow-fields. Its a 5 to 6 hours hike. The nearer you come to the top the more you can smell the sulphur steam that comes out of its impressive throat.

If the view is good you can see several volcanoes in a radius of 250 km from the top. On the foot of the mountain you can spot the Laguna Conguillío, Captren and Verde and a bit further away the Laguna Icalma and the Lago Aluminè in Argentina.

Sierra Nevada day tour

This round trip takes you from Malalcahuello to the foothills of the volcano Sierra Nevada. On your way you enjoy a great view to the nearby volcanoes and the Araucaria-woods. After maybe 3 hours you get to the turning point. Here you take a rather steep walk downhill to the valley of the Colorado-River. Follow the river until you are back at your starting-point at the thermal spa of Malalcahuello.
This walks takes you about 6 hours.

Traversing the Sierra Nevada

This demanding trail leads from Conguillío National Park across the Sierra Nevada to Malalcahuello, only 3 km away from Suizandina. The remarkable glacier crossing, including overnight camping at a height of 2000 m, is challenging and must be undertaken with the proper equipment and the help of an experienced guide (something we can arrange).
To get to the starting point of the tour you need a transfer to the Conguillío National Park. The hike begins at the Playa Linda, at the south end of the Laguna Conguillío. The path leads through Araucaria forests and passes two vantage points with a breathtaking view over the Laguna Conguillío, the volcano Llaima in the background. After a 2 hours uphill walk you get to the timber-line and pass a high valley with colorful flora. The uphill climb in ice and rocks on the backside of the Sierra Nevada and the crossing to the top we recommend for experienced mountain climbers only. The Sierra Nevada Glacier is one of the biggest in this area and covered with snow the whole year through. Information from local people are important for finding the best descent from the top to the night camp. The great view over the central valley and until to the coast-cordillere rewards you for all the effort of the day. The next morning your descent goes on over the northern ridge and down to the village Malalcahuello. Here you have the possibility to relax in the hot water of the Termas de Malalcahuello.
You will need 10 to 12 hours for walking (without rests).

Tolhuaca Nationalpark

In many guides this National Park takes a small place only, which we think is wrong.
About 72 km away from Suizandina, this Park offers many possibilities for one-day hikes to waterfalls and lagoons.

You reach the park after a 35 km ride from Curacautín to the north. The gravel road passes at the Termas Tolhuaca and leads you to the entrence of the Park.

Shortly after the entrence a footpath to your right takes you to the Laguna Verde. You walk through for this zone typical mixed forest. After about 1½ h you get to the beautiful spot of the Laguna Verde. Thats the perfect place for a little rest. After the way back on the same path you drive to the Laguna Malleco, more in the center of the Park. The wood-path takes along the lagoon until to the imposing waterfall Malleco. This is an easy walk from barely 2 hours.

Without car this National Park is hard to reach. A minibus can be organised at Suizandina.