We will take the opportunity to warm up before the hike, while our tour guide relays information about the terrain of the 80km² park. Of the many paths there, we will take La Cascada (11 km approx.), where we will be able to see wildflowers and butterflies. We will stop at an awe-inspiring viewpoint to gaze out over the Chilean palmas; a tree native to Chile that can grow up to forty meters. In prehistoric times, they covered the entire length of the country, but today, are only found in a few places, such as this park. We’ll eat our box lunch with a view of the 30-meter high waterfall, surrounded by rocks, cacti, and quartz. When we get down, we’ll be able to view animals such as degus, foxes, pumas, chingues (a type of skunk), many different species of birds, and even reptiles.
On this tour, we will explore La Campana National Park, founded in 1967 and located just 100km northwest of Santiago in the Valparaíso region of Chile. Along with the Lago Peñuelas National Reserve, it was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1984 for its importance to the environment, science, education, culture and leisure activities. The park´s name – meaning “the bell” – derives from La Campana mountain, scaled by Charles Darwin in 1834, so-called because of the shape of its peak.
Pickup is at 8 am and from there, we transport you directly to La Campana National Park. Located two hours outside of Santiago, it’s situated in the middle of the coastal mountains, in a unique and incredible micro-system that has been very important for the development of many species native to Chile’s central zone.
We will arrive at the park entrance and attend an introductory talk on the day’s activities, also touching upon how to go about our hike without interfering with the natural surroundings. We will have a short warm-up and then begin the hike. Our mission will be to reach the waterfall so that we can rest a while and look out over the Chilean palm forest. During the trek, there will be many things for us to observe, such as the Chilean palma (Juaeba chilensis) – one of the planet’s oldest palm trees. Endangered, it is a fundamental element of the park as this is a protected zone for the conservation and preservation of endangered species. If we’re lucky, we’ll also see countless types of birds such as turcas, house wrens, hen harriers, tit-tyrants, and long-tailed meadowlarks, as well the famous fox and different types of insects such as the Chilean rose tarantula and Acanthinodera beetles. As we walk, we will see how the ground becomes more and more clay-like and littered with fragments of quartz. When we arrive at the waterfall, we will stop to enjoy our food, rest a while and contemplate the beauty of this biosphere reserve.
We will arrive back at the park entrance around 5 pm, we will arrive back between 7 – 8 pm at the hotel.
Availability: All year
Duration: 1 day
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