Darwin's Route: Traversing The Chilean Palm Forest - Santiago

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Overview

Lets cross La Campana National Park hiking through the Chilean Palm Forest, andexplore this lands ofgreat biodiversity,likeCharles Darwin didin 1834.This activity offers the chance to contemplate and be enchanted by a rich flora proper to the Chilean mediterranean climate, set in the Coastal Mountain Range.

Highlights

  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Separate driver ensures your guides full attention throughout the day
  • Vegetarian meal option available
  • All-inclusive tour

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The driver and the guide will pick you up at your hotel. It will take an hour and a half to reach the entrance of the park from where the hike begins. The hike will take you across the entire park from north to south on a trail of 8.7 miles (14km). You'll cross a hill path of 3,697 feet in altitude - with an elevation gain of 2,360ft-, and descend to Olmué sector.  This is where the driver will be waiting to return back to the Chilean capital.

The excursion begins at the northern sector of La Campana National Park, which was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1985. From there head south towards Olmué. The first step of the route consists of three hours hiking up hill through a beautiful trail surrounded by perennial forests and Chilean palms, with gorgeous views of La Campana Mountain on the right.

Following the trail reach the Ocoa Hillpass, an excellent spot for lunch and rest while enjoying the beautiful views. Afterwards begin the descent towards the traditional town of Olmué, passing through a forest of Santiago Oak (Nothofagus obligua var. macrocarpa) which is one of the northernmost relic trees.

Join this excursion of excellence and have an exciting and unique encounter with nature which will become a wonderful lifelong memory.

Activity highlights include:

  • Full day tour
  • Medium difficulty hike
  • Total distance is approximately 14km (8.7mi)
  • Elevation gain is 720m (2,360ft)
  • Max elevation is 1,127m (3,697ft)

Inclusions for Darwin's Route: Traversing The Chilean Palm Forest

  • Professional guide
  • Confortable transport
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • National Park fees
  • Binoculars
  • Trekking poles
  • First aid kit
  • Box lunch per person:
  • Sandwich
  • Cesar salad or similar
  • Cereal bar
  • Chocolate or cookies
  • Tea and coffee
  • Two fruits
  • Water

Exclusions for Darwin's Route: Traversing The Chilean Palm Forest

  • Accident insurance
  • Personal clothing

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking

Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund

The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions

A minimum of 2 people per booking is required

Not recommended for participants with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions

Not recommended for pregnant women

Minimum age is 13 years

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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  • This excursion with Coigue Expeditions is a wonderful full on day hike through Parque Nacional La Campana declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO set in the dry, dusty mountains of the coastal range. It is a good hour and 45 minutes drive each way from Santiago 110km NW of but as the trip is limited to a small group this was a comfortable car journey rather than being in a cramped minibus. The walk commences in the northern Sector Ocoa and follows a 7km Sendero through the beautiful Palmar de Ocoa, a grove of Chilean Palms in their natural habitat and one of just two remaining in the country. A steepish climb leads to the Portezuelo Ocoa viewpoint from where a 5.5km sendero descends in the shade through the beautiful contrasting woods of southern Sector Cajon Grande. An enthusiastic walking companion accompanied us on this cross-park trek in our friendly guide Nicolas who shared his knowledge and local insights to enhance our experience of this unspoilt natural environment. Apart from a brief encounter with a local horse rider we had the path to ourselves - unbelievable for such an attractive national park. Sadly wildlife, especially bird encounters were limited but such is the vagary of nature. Walking sticks and lunch are provided but additional bottled water is a must. The guidance notes concerning level of difficulty, sunscreen, clothing etc is sensible, important and not to be ignored! Our car with driver Felipe was waiting for us on our return and further welcome insights, including on local music, added to our enjoyment as we drove the Pan American Highway chatting all the way back to Santiago.
    Understandably not a cheap option but highly recommended if you want a different, challenging and more personalised experience away from the hustle and bustle of Santiago rather than the standard mass day trips out in the Andes foothills.

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