The Reserve is located in the XIV Region of Los Rios, in the South of Chile, South America. Part of the territory is in the townships of Panguipulli and Futrono, adjacent to the towns of Neltume, Puerto Fuy and the National Reserve Mocho-Choshuenco. The Reserve is bordered with the southern part of the Argentine province of Neuquén, being the Hua Hum frontier pass, near San Martin de los Andes the nearest access.
From a geo-environmental perspective, Huilo Huilo is located within the Valdivian eco-region and the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Temperate Rainforests of the Austral Andes, in the northern limit of the Chilean Patagonia, which is why we call our forests the Patagonian Jungle, as opposed to the steppe Patagonia that is in the extreme south of Chile.
From north of Chile
Take “Ruta 5” towards the south. After Temuco city, you must exit at Lanco (km 780) where the road joins the international CH highway 203 heading towards Panguipulli. Once in Panguipulli, continue on the international highway CH 203 heading to Choshuenco and bordering Lake Panguipulli. You will then arrive at the Puerto Fuy – Choshuenco crossroad. Continue along the international highway CH 203 heading to Puerto Fuy. When passing through the area of Llallalca, you will reach the Reserve and once in you will see several signs that will guide you to whichever may be your particular point(s) of interest.
From south of Chile
Take “Ruta 5” towards the north. After Osorno city, you must take the Los Lagos exit (km 858) where it joins route T39 heading toward Panguipulli. Once in Panguipulli, continue on the international highway CH 203 heading to Choshuenco and bordering Lake Panguipulli. You will then arrive at the Puerto Fuy – Choshuenco crossroad. Continue along the international highway CH 203 heading to Puerto Fuy. When passing through the area of Llallalca, you will reach the Reserve and once in you will see several signs that will guide you to whichever may be your particular point(s) of interest.
If you are traveling from Argentina, in particular from the city of San Martin de los Andes, take national highway 48 up to the Hua Hum border passage. Once through border control you will arrive at the small town Puerto Pirehueico from where you can board the Hua Hum barge; the ferry can transport both people and vehicles. After traversing Lake Pirehueico, a trip that takes approximately 1.5 hours, you will arrive at Puerto Fuy, a town adjacent to the Reserve and from where signs will guide you to whatever is your chosen point of interest.
The airports closest to the Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve are the following: Temuco, Valdivia, Osorno y Puerto Montt.
More details in the next chart:
|Airport||Kms aprox.||Miles aprox.||Aprox. time by car|
|Puerto Montt||313||194||4:15 hrs.|
For some of our programs, the Reserve has regular transfer options taking guests from the airports in Temuco, Puerto Montt and San Martin de los Andes (Argentina), as well as a few mid points between said airports and the Reserve. The service has specific pick up and drop off timetables.
The Reserve also offers private transfer services (for only yourself and travel companions) from the guests’ desired pick up point.
To find out more please contact Central Reservations.
There are several buses providing transport to the city of Panguipulli or Neltume that leave from Santiago, point of departure will depend on the bus company.
Companies that provide transport from Santiago to Panguipulli:
Buses Tur Bus: www.turbus.cl | +56 2 2822 7500 (until Panguipulli)
Once you have arrived in Panguipulli, you can take another bus at the Panguipulli Bus Terminal to the town of Neltume.
Companies that provide transport from Santiago to Neltume:
Buses Tepual: www.buses-tepual.cl | +56 44 2870 261 (until Puerto Fuy)
You can ask the bus driver to leave at the main complex of Huilo Huilo Biológical Reserve, or your place of interest.
To arrive by bus from other destinations in the country, please contact Buses Tur Bus.