COLE COLE, THE INCREDIBLE HIDDEN BEACH OF CHILOE

Fotografia: Ana Pérez

It is said that in the Chiloé National Park there is a beach of clear sand and deep blue sea bordered by a lush jungle, you can hear travelers talking about this beach that only some have had the pleasure of visiting.

The instructions say that to get to Cole Cole from Ancud, the first thing to do is take a bus to Castro, the city of the palafittes. Once in Castro, you have to take a bus to Cucao by a route that takes approximately 2 hours to be traveled.

The walk from the end of the road in Cucao to the beach is 15.8 km, and this is only one way. For this reason, most of them trek with tent and lunch, spend the night on the beach and return the next day. Although there is also the option to make the round trip in one day.

After registering in the administration of the Chiloé National Park, you must return to the dirt road and continue north until the end. A little further on from the Chanquin bridge, at kilometer 5, the road ends and the walk begins.

The first thing is to cross a small lagoon that separates the road from the beach. The instructions say that you have to walk north along the river and the hills until you see a farmhouse on a hill. This would be the community of Huentemó.

The wind runs strong and there is no demarcated route. The chances of getting lost are and the adrenaline that this causes, accompanies them.

Once you have seen the town, you have to walk towards the hills in search of a bridge. The walk continues crossing and skirting the hill until you reach a booth where you have to register. The demarcated path starts here, two hours after having walked with uncertainty through the widest and wildest beach on the island.

From this point everything is accurate and the landscape changes drastically. From walking on an open beach framed on one side by the sea and on the other by the green mountains, we pass a narrow black dirt road surrounded by evergreen trees, bushes and climbing plants.

We are in the middle of the Valdivian jungle walking among coihues, alerces, tepas, quilas, arrayanes and cypresses of the Guaitecas.

It is a little traveled route, and this is good news because this increases the chances of seeing a Darwin fox (lycalopex fulvipes), endemic species in danger of extinction that only inhabits two places in the world: the Nahuelbuta mountain range and in the Chiloé archipelago.

After approximately 50 minutes, you will reach a cliff from where you can see the famous Cole Cole beach. It is a unique trekking of spectacular landscapes with a final reward that is really worth it.

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