We visited Rosales national park today, only a 50 minute drive from Puerto Varas, where we’re living for a couple weeks. The park is easily accessible from many towns in the region, which we learned once we arrived.
There were busses full of American and other foreign tourists in the park and at the well-traveled trailheads. Many of the trails were flat or even paved in stone, and throngs of people moved about these easier trails. It appears a huge Viking cruise ship had arrived at some nearby port, perhaps Puerto Montt, about 25km from Puerto Varas. Viking guides, drivers, and senior-aged passengers were everywhere.
Our experience in Rosales was by far the most commercialized and jam packed experience we’ve had in a Chilean national park. We had to quickly adjust our expectations for the kind of day we were going to have. We still had a great time, exploring the short trails around the river, the Laguna Verde, and driving to a visitors center high on the slopes of Volcan Osorno.