PN Conquillo with Volcan Llaima and Sierra Nevada is one of the best stops someone can do if heading south into Patagonia starting from Santiago.
I stayed there to warm up with hiking before going for mountaineering further south.
I didn´t meet to many people there. It´s not a crowded place at all.
Yes for sure, I travelled all through the Chilean region that got it´s name from the tree.
Do you know the old indian story, how the tree got it´s native indian name? It had been the daughter of an indian king once upon a time ago (her name was Araucaria) and her father was banned to spend his life on the moon. His daughter died of sorrow but her soul went into the araucaria-trees and because she wanted to see her father so much those leaves were growing in the direction of the moon.
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world."
--Oscar Wilde on Absinthe