Conguillío National park, which in Spanish means “settle in the pine nuts”, is today the first Geopark in Chile. Together with other protected wild areas in the region, are part of Araucarias Biosphere Reserve and Parque Kütralcura.
On the 60.000 hectares of Conguillío you can find the imponent and active volcano named Llaima and Sierra Nevada glacier. Also, there are four pure and crystalline water lagoons which are connected underground, all of them have a volcanic origin and are very rich in biodiversity. The park offers to the visitants a varied range of alternatives for recreation, learning, inspiration, resting, and perform physical activity.
The Llaima Volcano-The reappeared, Drainage, Trench, Blood vein. This are some of the meanings and names given to this Andean massif. Llaima in Mapudungún, Mapuche language, is one of the most active volcanoes in South America. Its 3.125 meters high, but its estimated that this dimension could have increased in 30 or 50 meters due to the last eruptions. Those events where registered during January 2008 and April 2009. The crater, 350 meters in diameter, registered 23 mayor events during XX century.
Llaima has shaped the geoforms of the park through its eruptions. These events have been registered as historic between 1640 to 2008, presenting more than 70 eruptions in that period. The water bodies present in the park are recent (about 100 to 600 years). They owe its existence to the restless volcanic activity. Lava plugs prevent the free flow of the rivers, originating the current lake system.
During La Baita existence, there has been two eruptive processes: the first one was in 1994, when we were starting with this dream, and the second one was on January 1st, 2008, when we were inaugurating the lodge.
The diversity of the flora of the park is enormous, standing out for its abundance of more than 20 native species...
In the surroundings of La Baita you will find an extraordinary variety of natural attractions, of a unique beauty.
Volcanoes, waterfalls, canyons, centenarian araucarias...