Pan de Azucar National Park, Chanaral

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#1 of 6 in Nature in Atacama Region
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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  • September 13, 2017
    The crossing of this reserve is beautiful if you pass the corner dan! Not to be missed! You can come across not fierce local wildlife. A delight for the senses.
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  • September 9, 2017
    Important "Not permitted entry into the park with pet". So you can have the caution not to your dog, because you risk fines from the Conaf park guards. The Park is ideal if you like trekking and tranquility. There is no cell signal (at least for Entel and wom). There are many places awarded sites for camping (8,500 per day) almost all possess the same facilities (site for acampar+sector of baths and shower with cold water). Inside the park there are many paths, needed to improve signage, but it is understandable that many of them were destroyed in floods. It is important to bring warm clothes.
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  • September 8, 2017
    For my La Serena is the city that separates Chile between North and South. It is a very beautiful city with more churches than pharmacies (rather rare today in Chile). Visit it both in summer and winter. I prefer it in low season since anda few people and is very quiet. Recommendations: Punta de Choros, Valle del Elqui, observatories, centro historico, beaches, Caleta de Coquimbo, La Cruz, nearby beaches as Tongoy, Guanaqueros etc. There are a variety of restaurants and places for a drink. The summer is very strong especially in February, fed up with nocturnal activity, beaches full and tired taco, ideal for the more young people.
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  • June 7, 2017
    Great place to do some camping and relaxing. Beautiful ride on the way in to the beach!
  • January 31, 2017
    Southern entrance along coast has some nice camping spots. A little trashy though. Beautiful coast. Don't trash it, people!
  • March 2, 2017
    Nice empty beaches and desert landscape. The road from beach through the park to inland is closed
  • July 4, 2016
    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.
  • December 1, 2014
    nice scenery. good hiking. camping in front of shore

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