Laguna del Laja National Park (Chile)

Laguna del Laja National Park (Chile)

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 18:31
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Laguna del Laja National Park is a Chilean national park located in the Andes. The park features spectacular mountain landscapes, whose main attractions are the Antuco Volcano, Sierra Velluda and Laguna del Laja.

Laguna del Laja National Park is a Chilean national park located in the Andes. The park features spectacular mountain landscapes, whose main attractions are the Antuco Volcano, Sierra Velluda and Laguna del Laja (Laja Lake). The latter gives the name to this protected area, but it only borders the park.

The park ranges in elevation from 976 m (3,200 ft) to 3,585 m (11,760 ft) at Sierra Velluda. Although a little snow caps Antuco volcano, much more snow adorns the two major summits of its southern neighbor, even during Chile’s summer.

The park lies within the Valdivian temperate forests ecoregion. Endangered and rare vegetation species are found in the park. Among them are: ciprés de la cordillera, araucaria, maitén del Chubut and radal enano.

Sharp ridges and deep valleys carve this rugged region, which alternates between bare rock and lush vegetation. Another summit in the park, although least prominent, is Cerro Cóndor at 1,668 m (5,472 ft). Laguna del Laja National Park forms part of the Bío Bío River basin. Some small tributaries of Laja River originate in the park.

Laguna del Laja National Park is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including the cougar and foxes (particularly the chilla and the culpeo). At least 47 bird species have been identified in the park.