"13a. downhill again and further on to Laguna" Villa Cerro Castillo Things to Do Tip by Trekki

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  Cerro Castillo and the remains after an avalance
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  • Cerro Castillo and the remains after an avalance - Coihaique
      Cerro Castillo and the remains after an avalance
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  • Estero del Bosque - Coihaique
      Estero del Bosque
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We continue along the right (north) river bank downhill, untill our little river meets up with the one coming from Laguna Cerro Castillo to form Estero del Bosque and flow down to Villa Cerro Castillo. Now we need to head upstream to reach our next overnight stop at the laguna. Hiking now becomes quite difficult, as the forest here is more of a clearing, left as a result of a heavy avalance some years ago, which has destroyed most of the trees. The trunks are still there, dried and weathered, and scrub demanding the space now. We head as close as possible along the river, but need to back into the forest from time to time, as some of the dead wood piles are too high to climb over with our heavy backpacks. Finally we're done, and the path becomes moderate again, through gorgeous and cooling almost fairy tale forest with a lot of barbers' lichen hanging in the trees again, which add to the magical atmosphere, on the right (east) side of the little river.

Awesome views ahead of us, of the main massif of Cerro Castillo, the white water river and the immense thick forests. River crossing here and there was neccesary again, as the forests and scrubs are really that dense so that it is impossible to carry on hiking only along the right river bank side. In between the crossings some stops for hot tea (which comes handy if the feet have been cooled down to freezing point? loool).

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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