The Valdivian jungle in Southern Chile is a great destination for family trips. Here you will be able to hike through a family friendly trail in the Punta Curiñanco Protected Area, which is one of the last unaltered coastal areas in Chile. This area is characterized by its extraordinary endemism and the great antiquity of its biogeography. The hike is very friendly for families and children from all ages. Children will be able to discover different types of plants and trees, as well as learn about bird species and enjoy amazing views of the Pacific Ocean. Amity Tours is working hard to design a memorable experience in this area, which will be launched on our website in September 2016.
This temperate rainforest is considered a priority conservation site by conservation organizations. Many birds, mammals and plants that do not exist anywhere else on Earth inhabit here. If we are lucky we will be able to see a Pudú, which is one of the three smallest species of deer in the world, measuring just 18 inches high at the shoulder and can only be found in the southernmost reaches of the South American continent. This area is also home to the monito del monte or “mountain monkey”. This is a marsupial that’s barely larger than a mouse, considered a living fossil because it is the oldest marsupial in the world and the only representative of the Gondwana period.
What´s more, approximately 58 bird species also inhabit the Valdivian Coastal Range. Through this trail, if you pay attention you will hear the Magellanic woodpecker, which is the largest woodpecker in the world, and the red-legged and the rock cormorants, which use rocky outcrops to nest and raise their young. Also the Elegant Tern lives in this rainforest. This is a migratory bird considered to be near threatened due to its restricted breeding range.
Rare and endangered flora flourishes in the Valdivian rainforest as well, including the Olivillo trees, which are endemic and can grow up to 65 feet. They can survive more than 400 years and are especially adapted to the coastal saline environment. They represent relict populations that survived the breakdown of the Gondwana continent. In our hike we will have the chance to see these as well as the native Murta bush, which yield berries similar to blueberries, and can be harvested to make jam and syrup.
We look forward meeting you and your family in this new adventure trip. For further information and requirements visit our website www.amity-tours.com