Chiloé National Park
Chiloé National Park is located in Chile.
Flora and fauna
There is a bus that arrives here from Castro that makes several trips a day. Be sure to check the return bus schedule before you leave.
You can rent a horse from people that live within or near the park.
This place is home to some of the Valdivian temperate rain forest.
Cole Cole Trek
An apparently popular hike in the park is the trek to Cole Cole. The map and guardaparques will tell you that there is a "sendero" ("trail") to Cole Cole; however this is very misleading as there is no real trail, cars may travel most of the route, and there are people, dogs, and livestock living nearly throughout (in short, it more closely resembles a random stretch of coastline than a national park). Nothing is marked but the route is approximately as follows (GPS coordinates in WGS84):
You can ford the river near the mouth at approximately S 42 32.306´ W 74 09.196´ (there may be a harmless but barking dog on the other side); there is also a bridge at approximately S 42 32.650´ W 74 08.986´, but it may be more difficult to get to the road over the hill from here.
Even if the guardaparques say it´s free to camp a man may come up on horse in the evening or morning to collect money from you 1000 or 1500 pesos per person.
As of December 2008, the trail to Anay is in disuse and extremely difficult/dangerous to take (lots of bushwhacking and lots of downed trees to hit your head on). However there are still wooden bridge / trail improvements so it is possible to follow the trail. In it´s current state it would probably take 2.5 hours to walk the 5 km to Anay. Note that according to guardaparques there actually is no Refugio at Anay.
There are some people that offer cabins or you can camp.
Very nice lodging place at a local farmer's house with friendly family, the ideal place for backpackers. Situated in Cucao. See their page:
You can camp in designated areas or in the land of residents who will charge you 2.000 pesos to camp (US$4).
This southern part of the park is best for hiking along the shore, in fact no decent maps are provided by the national park service, so you must hike along the shore. Absolutely beautiful, although you got to watch out for rains and storms, which though rare in the summer do occur.