Villarrica National Park
|Villarrica National Park|
View of Villarrica Volcano from the southeast
|Location||La Araucanía and Los Ríos regions, Chile|
|Area||630 km2 (243 sq mi)|
|Visitors||115,761 (in 2012)|
|Governing body||Corporación Nacional Forestal|
Villarrica National Park is located in the Andes, in the La Araucanía and Los Ríos regions of Chile, near Pucón. The centerpiece of the park is a line of three volcanoes stretching transversely to the Andean range: Villarrica, Quetrupillán, and Lanín. Other mountains in the park include Quinquilil volcano (2,050 m (6,726 ft)), also known as Colmillo del Diablo, and Cerro Las Peinetas, which lies on the border between Argentina and Chile. It ranges in elevation from 600 m (1,969 ft) to 3,776 m (12,388 ft) at Lanín Volcano.
A portion of the park is included in the Bosques Templados Lluviosos de los Andes Australes Biosphere Reserve.
Flora and fauna
The park protects Valdivian temperate rainforest habitat. Roble (Nothofagus obliqua) and Raulí (Nothofagus alpina) trees are found at lower elevations. Coihues occur in the wettest areas. At higher elevations, forests are dominated by the Araucarias (Araucaria araucana).
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