Refugio Tinquilco

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How to Reach Tinquilco

Please note: Tinquilco is a wilderness location. As such, it is remarkably easy to reach, but nevertheless, the last stretch of access road is difficult, especially in the winter, and requires the care and preparation necessary for a wilderness trip.

By Bus

JAC and Turbus, among others, offer good service of regular and luxury transportation between north (Santiago, Valparaíso) or South (Valdivia, Puerto Varas) and Pucón. Fares vary by as much as 50% depending on the season. From Pucón, you can travel by local bus to the entrance of Huerquehue National Park. Buses leaves from a small terminal across the street of the very well know Buses Jac Terminal. From the Park entrance to the Refugio is another two kilometers towards the lakes path that you can leisure walk. If you decide this option, please DON´T carry luggage, only back packs. Taxis are available between Pucón and Huerquehue National Park, for a charge of between CLP$ 22,000‐ 24,000 (1 US$ = CLP$ 660 aprox) If the weather has been good, taxis can reach the Refugio itself. In the summer, there's also a local van service between Paillaco and the National Park.

By Car

It takes about ten hours to drive the 650 km from Santiago to Temuco. South of Temuco you must turn east in the small town of Freire, taking the Villarrica/ Pucón road. In Pucón, follow the (paved) road toward Lake Caburgua, turning off before reaching Lake Caburgua and taking the road to Paillaco and Huerquehue National Park. From Paillaco (a small village, with a school on the left side of the road and a small grocery store, labelled "Oasis" on the right), take the switchback dirt road up the mountain to the Park entry. There, we request that all visitors planning to stay at the Lodge and visit the park, pay the appropriate park entry fees. If you are planning to visit several national parks in Chile, you should get an annual pass ticket, for only CLP$ 10,000 at any office of CONAF. In winter or on rainy days, it's best to leave the vehicle in the park parking lot, continuing on foot along Ñirrico Path, then along a dirt road through a neighbour's property (there's no need to pay at the gate if you're visiting the Refugio) and along a dirt road, over a river and through a forest, until you see the Refugio across a field on the left-hand side of the road. The distance from Park entry to the Refugio is 2 kms.

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