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Nestled in the Andes of southern Chile, in a little nook of the Patagonian Forest, you will find the Huilo-Huilo Biological Reserve, and inside it is Deer Forest (in Spanish, Bosque de Los Ciervos). As its name indicates, it is an extensive territory of trees and grasslands where the red deers receive their food and are protected by a program from the Reserve.
The Deer Forest trail has a footbridge that is nearly a mile long (1.500 meters) and it goes right through a forest with trees that are centuries old, such as Magellanic winter barks, “Olivillos” (Aextoxicon punctatum), Mañío (Podocarpus nubigenus), Chilean Dombey beeches (Nothofagus dombeyi), and Lenga beeches (Nothofagus pumilio), which are typical of the Patagonian forest.
This space is part of the touristic and educational program of the Reserve. Human intervention has been reduced to a minimum and, to enter, strict protective measures are in place, including being quiet, not running on the walkways and to avoid scaring the animals.
The walk along the “Bosque de los Ciervos” path takes about one hour, depending on the fitness of the visitors. It is a great family activity, suitable for young and old. At the end of the trail you can visit the museum, which exhibits a large number of objects found in the area, such as silver jewelry, utensils and Mapuche images. There is also the tusk of an Asian mammoth, whose species became extinct in the 5th millennium BC.
We look forward to seeing you in the Andes of southern Chile, immersed in a unique ecosystem of flora and fauna in the Valdivian Rainforest.
You can reach the Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve by car, bus, boat or plane. This place is located within the Valdivian eco-region and in the biosphere reserve of temperate rainforests that are in the southern Andes in the town of Panguipulli.