Pan de Azucar National Park, Chanaral

(4.4/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web)
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. Put Pan de Azucar National Park on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Chanaral holiday planner.
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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • The beaches of Sugar Loaf are huge and little visited. A very peaceful and beautiful place to spend a day of beach family.
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  • Returning to Antofagasta, by decision almost to the destination we turned to Sugar Loaf, the road has many curves, but is organized well. In time the landscape is exciting, almost as if you were recreating passages of chronic Martian. Until you get to Caleta Pan de Azúcar, and the view is beautiful, turquoise with a fishermen Creek waters. As I saw that were taking eels decided to lunch in the place. Not have more than 3 or 4 restaurants, entered to the first open and ask that Conger newly come out of the sea. A fine decision, the incomparable flavor! A place to visit and camping.
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  • We were eager to visit all the attractions of the Park. We are left wanting for lack of time... now it was late and the visits are at certain times to observe the fauna and flora of the place. Us is the explanation of the guide very full and the beaches traveled before arriving to the Park
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  • 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.
  • Nice beaches and campgrounds
  • nice scenery. good hiking. camping in front of shore
  • Unfortunate experience we stole from the campsite while we went for a walk by so we had to go since we were going to be able to go, not spends much worker in trucks what bothers noise, by the other Beach beautiful white sands and muucho wind is recommended a good tent!
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  • This year we were there unfortunately, it was a horrible experience, we arrived at night, the girl that we attended, initially was sympathetic, but the information was completely wrong, and the next day we were abysmal, with say that the administrator course, we continued up to the road, crossed us his truck and intimidated us, saying that we had not paid, I had lol give me to clarify the situation I swear that if it had not gone with my small children, would be another story, because desire not I missed to grip it, on the other hand after rinsing the issue forced workers to apologise us being that it was indicated on ask for apologies... personally I would not recommend it, not by the bad experience, but by the precarious infrastructure for the value that you have $7,000 people and pay until the youngest children eye... Note 2
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