Pan de Azucar National Park, Chanaral

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Situated on a coastal bluff 800 m (2,624 ft) above sea level, Pan de Azucar National Park offers a range of activity on land and in water. The rocky desert landscape gets no rainfall, yet coastal mists nourish plant life such as cacti and shrubs. Fish, swim, or snorkel in the clear waters, or hire a guided boat tour to the surrounding islands for the chance to glimpse rare Humboldt penguins in their natural habitat. Trek north of the park to a lookout point that offers excellent views over the entire panorama. To visit Pan de Azucar National Park on your holiday in Chanaral, and find out what else Chanaral has to offer, use our Chanaral trip itinerary site .
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  • Arriving in Chañaral, Terminal was lucky to find a collective that made trips to the Park, the glass had a sign indicating that he was going to sugar loaf. The ride has a total cost of 15000 ida weights and other 15000 turn. To take into consideration if traveling backpacker type or without a vehicle. The very kind Lord led us to supermarket to buy water as us down 2 nights camping and water in the Park is low and must be boiled before consuming. We have 2 cans of 5 litres of water, as well as some vegetables and fruits, as well as the food that had already referred to those 2 nights. After leaving the city and after 20-30 minutes of travel by a path with several choices of beaches, we entered the sector of the Park and we begin to see the camping options, we had already decided what to go... How data there are 5 camping options, 3 of them are found in the initial area of the section and the other 2 are in the sector where is la Caleta. The value varies between the 7000 and 8500 per person in all the camping. The Park has no signal for cell phones, except one or two very specific points close to the area of control of Conaf (clear and Entel). The value by entering the Park is 3000 pesos per person, which are not included in the payment of any of the campsite. There are 4 or 5 trails to travel inside the Park, the best known and most travel is towards the "Mirador", having the possibility of choosing between the "Mirador main or large" and "Small viewpoint". A path of difficulty moderate, advisable to is carry water, at least 2L per person. The Sun is intense and it becomes a challenge at times walking for 6 hours in the intense heat. The reward reach the mirador is absolute, a beautiful view to the intense blue of the sea mix, bread island is sugar and the desert. After completing the descent of the trail, we decided to go to the Cove, where there is the option of eating in one of the restaurants, buy some food, eggs, ice, drinks and some sweet, among other options. Rich pies, small but tasty. Walking from la caleta camping sector were about 15 minutes a step slow. How data stayed at the campsite "Sugar Loaf Lodge" which also much cabins. A privileged sector of beach, peace and security without a doubt. Do not hesitate to visit this wonderful park, disconnect from the technology and connect with nature and enjoy the company.
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  • It's beautiful! It is worth every time. Solo, necessary to relax, think and enjoy beaches suitable for swimming, without being teeming and nobody bothered. You can leave your things in the sand and everything is still there when come back, free parking. Well signposted. I love it! Beautiful scenery!
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  • Yesterday's travel from English Bay with my family. They are like two hours to the park itself. Upon arrival, we entered a Conaf Office which charge an entry of $3,000 for adults Chileans. There a Park Ranger told us the Park in general, paths and how to reach the famous viewpoint. We were also told that you could access in auto viewpoint between 16:00 and 17:00 hrs in the evening. Very close to this place is the Caleta Pan de Azúcar, where there is a beach, a campsite and as 3 restaurant where you can eat well (type possibilities), water is scarce in the bathrooms and obviously there is no phone signal and less redcompra. Then, if one follows you reach the viewpoint, which is the main attraction. To get there had another house with a Park Ranger named Sunday who told us that no vehicle can enter, only that older adults and people with reduced capacity, lead obviously argue because at the entrance to other Rangers told us what I mentioned above, but have not paid; We ask you to please let us go in car since my mom is coming out of a treatment of chemotherapy and has trouble walking before which the "Knight" told us that do not and that we had been given a paper at the entrance There is obviously very bad information among them. Before the negation and because we had already paid the entrance we had to make the path of 2.5 km to all Sun and obviously in the desert, the surprise was that we saw several cars enter and lucky two were older adults. When you reach the viewpoint, in which you can appreciate the landscape and is very beautiful, another Conaf Ranger is strange that my mom with her medical history not let it pass and Yes to a family with already adolescent girls because "they tired walking" was obviously very angry MOS; already up "Don Domingo" wanted to offer us a solution but I was all done, so to turn (walking again with the Sun full up and hopefully two places on desacanso) we went to make a claim. So if you go, be prepared to walk on average 1 hour of back and forth because it's a lie that they leave to go to the MIRADOR in AUTO, the information given by the Park Rangers is terrible. I really would not go to that Park.
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  • Beautiful coast lines. Be careful not stay in the park at night! Camp outside the park to avoid any inconvenience
  • It's an amazing place, but a little difficult to find information while in the park
  • Southern entrance along coast has some nice camping spots. A little trashy though. Beautiful coast. Don't trash it, people!
  • Great place to do some camping and relaxing. Beautiful ride on the way in to the beach!
  • This isn't a standard backpacker destination and you really do need your own transport (you 'can' reach it on public transport but it will take a lot of time and hassle to sort out and you may get stranded thus relying on hitchhiking to get out again) but I would still recommend it. The wildlife and trekking options available are limited but what you do get is something very different from other destinations. Camping on the beach (organised campgrounds) is really nice and you have the extraordinary combination coast and dry arid mountains all within walking distance. If you want to see the penguins then you have to pop into the small settlement and get a boat to the island (it does not land), bear in mind the boats will either not run or cost a lot more off season.
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