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Flora of the Puerto Fuy area
On this page we would like to present you with some of the unique flora of this area.
 Southern Chile's evergreen temperate rainforest - also known as the Valdivian rainforest- contains some 25% of the world's remaining reserves of this vastly productive forest community and may be earth's most extensive temperate rainforest. The age of the trees and the biomass of the rainforest make the Chilean "cold jungle" one of the most successful biomes ever studied. More than half of all native plants in Chile are found nowhere else in the world.
 The Copihue (Lapageria rosea)
The Copihue (Lapageria rosea) is the national flower of Chile. It is the only species in the genus Lapageria, and is an evergreen climbing plant reaching up to 10 m high among shrubs and trees. Upheld for the beauty of its deeply red lily-shaped flowers with six tepals, the fruit is an edible berry with numerous small seeds.Its three to four inch flowers, borne from summer to early winter, possess a distinctive thick waxy cuticle, and hang like red to rose bells from the upper leaf axils. In the wild the plant is pollinated by hummingbirds.
 Alerce tree (Fitzroya cupressoides)
The monarch of the ancient Chilean forest is the Alerce (Fitzroya cupressoides). With older trees measuring up to 4 metres in diameter, among the largest trees in the southern hemisphere . Named lahuén by the mapuche Indians, the Alerce seeds only when 200 years old and lives up to 3,600 years. Like the Sequoia and the Red Cedar of the Pacific Northwest, Alerce produces a straight-grained, rot-resistant, red-brown wood. The wood is easy to work with and is widely used for split shakes and shingles.
 Arayan tree (Myrtus communis)
This tree belongs to the family of the Myrtaceae, and its scientific name is Myrtus communis. The tree may reach up to 10 meters (approx. 30 ft.), it is a slender tree with a smooth bark the color of which may vary from almost white to grayish green. The name for the Arrayan tree comes from the Arabic Ar-Rayhan or Rihan ("the aromatic"). The Myrtus or Arrayán tree contains Mirtol in its leaves and fruit, a highly aromatic and antiseptic essence. The fruit is round and resemble small guavas measuring about 1.5 centimeters in diameter. The taste is delicious, sweet and a bit tart. Their color is yellow when ripe.
 Murta (Ugni Molinae)
Ugni Molinae is native to Chile. The shrub is commonly known as Myrtus ugni, Eugenia ugni, Chilean guava, Murta and Murtilla. The plant is beautiful and grows to 2m by 1m at a medium rate. It has a mounded shape; dense shrub with fine texture. It has small, cup-shaped, white-purplish flowers in terminal clusters of 2-5 with recurred sepals and dark-purple filaments with brownish anthers. Fruits are simple berries, dark-red, about 15mm in diameter and are freely borne even on small plants. They have a strawberry taste. The flowers have many stamens. Extracts from Murta leaves are used by Chilean natives for their benefits on health and cosmetic properties.
 Colihue (Chusquea culeou)
Colihue) is a gramineae perennial bush of the bamboo subfamilly that grows in the humid temperate forests of Chile. Its hairy lanceolate leaves have a spine on their end, and its flower is a whisk of light brown colour. The plant also produces a caryopsis fruit. After blooming and releasing its seeds, the plant dies. The cane is straight, of up to 6 metres in heigh, and was used by the Aboriginals for the pole of their spears. They are still used by the Mapuche people for a musical instrument known as trutruca. A particularity of this Chusquea is that its wood is solid, differentiating from most of the bamboosoids, with hollow interiors.
 Chilean rhubarb ( Gunnera tinctoria )
The Chilean rhubarb, is a plant species native to southern Chile and neighbour zones in Argentina. It is a large-leaved perennial plant that grows up to two metres tall. It is introduced in large parts of the world as an ornamental and edible plant. Gunnera tinctoria is a giant, clump-forming herbaceous perennial. The leaves can grow up to 2.5m across. It has erect spikes of cone-shaped inflorescences (to 1m) from spring to early summer, with small flowers. The fruit is orange. The number of seeds is estimated from 80.000 per seedhead to 250.000 per plant..
 Ampe ( Lophosoria quadripinnata )
Lophosoria quadripinnata, also known as ampe, many times mistaken to be a tree fern. Although this fern develops a small trunk thru the years, it is not a tree fern. This gorgeous fern is spreading vigorously by clumping and forming adventitious shoots. Lophosoria has large fronds, with very fine-textured leaflets. The fronds can reach a total size up to 2-3 m. It may occur that multiple trunks are developed by this tree-fern-lookalike!
The weather in Puerto Fuy
Mon. 02  max. 19°C
Tue. 03  min. 9°C
max. 20°C
Wed. 04  min. 7°C
max. 23°C
Thu. 05  min. 5°C
max. 24°C
Fri. 06  min. 6°C
max. 25°C
Marina del Fuy Lodge

Located on the shores of the lake and surrounded by volcanoes and mountainous peninsulas populated with native flora and fauna, the exuberant nature of the place creates an atmosphere ideal for a comfortable almost magical stay.
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Cascade International Cycling Tour

Cycling the Lake District
For 12 days you will be visiting protected wild areas and observe endemic birds, learn about some of the most active Chilean volcanoes, and hike through native temperate rain forest.
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Crossing the Pirihueico Lake in kayak

Duration: 4 days 3 nights.
Pirihueico Lake is one of "The Seven Lakes" in southern Chile. The lake is of glacial origin and it is enclosed by mountain ranges of the Andes.
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Rafting and Trekking in the area

Rucapillan expeditions provides guided trekking tours (including volcano ascents) in the area as well as rafting on the Fuy river.
Grade of Difficulty: Class III-IV (scale I-VI), no previous experience necessary.
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