Alerce Andino National Park

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Alerce Andino National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
Map showing the location of Alerce Andino National Park
Map showing the location of Alerce Andino National Park
Location Los Lagos Region, Chile
Nearest city Puerto Montt
Coordinates 41°34′41″S 72°32′39″W / 41.57795°S 72.54414°W / -41.57795; -72.54414Coordinates: 41°34′41″S 72°32′39″W / 41.57795°S 72.54414°W / -41.57795; -72.54414
Area 393 km²
Established November 22, 1982
Visitors 12,189[1] (in 2012)
Governing body Corporación Nacional Forestal

Alerce Andino National Park is located in the Andes, in Los Lagos Region of Chile. This national park covers about 393 km². It is bounded by the Reloncaví Estuary on its east and south sides, and by the Reloncaví Sound to the west (excluding a coastal fringe of a few km). To its north lies Chapo Lake.

The park contains about 50 lakes and natural ponds.

Management of this and other national parks in Chile is entrusted to Corporacion Nacional Forestal, CONAF.[2]

Flora[edit]

The centerpiece of this lush and mountainous protected area are the Fitzroya cupressoides (locally known as Alerce) forests, which consist of pure and mixed stands comprising a total surface of about 200 km².

Fauna[edit]

The park provides important habitat for species such as Pudú and Monito del Monte.

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Forest Corporation: Estadística Visitantes 2012, 11 January 2013
  2. ^ "Parque Nacional Alerce Andino". Corporacion Nacional Forestal. Retrieved 2012-03-20.