This trek leads along the “Sendero de Chile” up to UFO airfield Enladrillado. The view from Enladrillado is stunning. Under our feet the canyon drops down 700m to the river Rio Claro. Behind the river you can see the Andes with the distinctive "Descabezado Grande" sticking out. Experienced hikers can do the trek in one long day or spread it out over two days and pitch a tent for one night. This hike should be really not missed in-between all the other hikes through Chile. Who doesn’t want to carry their backpack can organize horses for little money which carries the luggage.
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From the park entrance we follow the track for 20 minutes up to the first building and parking lot. We walk about 5 minutes to the administration office where we have to pay entry fee. Whoever wants to camp must present his own cooker as campfires are prohibited. From here we walk 15 minutes to Camp Antuhuara which has a good infrastructure. People who want to camp here may drive up their car up to here. Now we follow the 40 minutes long-distance trail Sendero de Chile to the Camp Las Lengas which also provides water. Shortly afterwards we cross a stream. And after another 15 minutes we arrive at a junction. To the right it goes up to Laguna Alta but we continue straight ahead. After 15 minutes we pass point 3. Up to here park rangers can take their 4 wheel drive. From here another 10 minutes and you will reach the lookout. Now you walk downhill for half an hour through beautiful roble beech forest and at Camp 5 you cross the bridge. We reach the most beautiful campsite after another half an hour, the number 6. There are tables, water and toilets. From the entrance to here there are about 3 hours walking time. Anyone who wants to camp here should not miss the 1 hour hike up to the Mirador Valle Venado in the afternoon.
We continue walking by following the white / yellow markings along the way. The dusty path leads in serpentines up to the southern slopes. After 40 minutes we leave the forest. 15 minutes later a few trees provide us with the last shade. The distinctive rabbit rock shows us the direction. The view extends to the highest mountain of the province, the 4.080 m high Cerro Azul. Here you might see the first condors which are flying above our heads. In slightly more than half an hour we climb up a steep rocky path. Now we reach the plateau where the trail brunches off. Turn left and walk up 500 m to the Enladrillado with its gigantic panorama. For the ascent from Camp 6 to Enladrillado we need approx. 1.5 hours.
After a long lunch break we return on the 500m path back to the crossroads. Now we walk along the spectacular mountain ridge. Further north the ridge breaks off downhill in the valley. The path leads uphill again, provides us with the most beautiful views and leads in serpentines into a cauldron-shaped valley which we reach from the Enladrillado in about 1 hour. Until the summer there is clean drinking water in the brook, in autumn it is often heavily overgrown with algae. The trail leads over the brook, rises slightly up and drops again into the valley after a few hundred meters. One turnoff leads alternatively to Camp 5. 15 minutes after the junction we reach the shady forest again. We need another 45 minutes for the steep descent to the main trail which we passed this morning. Here we have come full circle and return to the Camp Antuhuara in 45 minutes….and after another 45 minutes to the park entrance.
From Talca by public bus to Vilches / Altos de Lircay. The bus will take just over 3 hours for the 70 km. The bus leaves at around 7:30am but it gives you enough time to hike the first stage on the same day.
With a car take the international road to Argentina. In San Clementet you will find a supermarket and petrol station. 20 minutes later to the left is the turn off to "Vilches" which is well signposted. The last kilometers are on gravel road which are quite feasible with a car.
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