Fray Jorge National Park, La Serena

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Explore 10,000 hectares (24,710 acres) of biodiverse cloud forest at Fray Jorge National Park, featuring various species of trees and plant life exclusive to southern Chile. These endemic species number over 250, thriving in the dense fog that rises from sea and becomes trapped in the high mountainous terrain. Patient and diligent visitors might catch sight of some of the wildlife here, including foxes, partridges, falcons, quail, hummingbirds, and Chilean mockingbirds. Head to the information center with a Spanish-speaking friend (info written in Spanish only) to find out more about the plants and animals to look out for on your tour. Put Fray Jorge National Park at the forefront of your travel plans using our La Serena trip itinerary builder.
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  • In March taking advantage of a trip to Serena decided to once more visit this park, he visited him for at least 50 years, and I feel like every time is reduced more and more, it is clear that ever disappears, its importance lies in that it is a silent witness of the climate changes affecting our planet, this little redoubt that survives thanks to a micro-climate produced by the mist that every day invariably and that rises from the coast clashes in these trees condensing moisture to drop time and maintaining the damp ground, are trees and shrub of the Valdivian jungle, and tells us that one day this area of semi-desert as it is the fourth region was jungle. Returning from Serena by route 5 there is a signposted turn-off and must go toward the coast along a dirt track suitable for all vehicle. It is a must-see, worth it, take our children and show you what causes climate change.
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  • A relic of a forest surrounded by near-desert. Great views towards the valleys and to the ocean. Make sure you stop on the way at the small experimental park at Peral Ojo de Agua where the 2 Velázquez...  more »
  • I returned to fray Jorge after 12 years, the road goes bad to worse, the first part is terrible for small vehicles and the ascent to the forest is also! The ideal is to go on a 4 x 4 vehicle, however I was in my car, a Chevrolet Aveo (two-door) and we were able to get up above! With difficulty but managed it! After the entrance to the park there is a picnic area where there are bathrooms and a room with information, then gets into the forest, which is located at the top of a mountain and it is here when the road gets rough, go with caution! The forest is beautiful and magical, unique in the North of the country by what the effort is worthwhile! (Y lo mejor de todo es que existe un sendero habilitado para sillas de rueda =) we are a few brothers in peral Ojo de Agua making a guided tour towards fray Jorge and a conservation area where we saw a Fox, many birds and met a lot of typical flora of the area! An amazing place!
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  • Microclimate eco tourism. They close earlier than you'd expect, 5:30 I think. Nice picnic areas. Hot in summer. Go in spring to see the flowers
  • great views, takes longer to get there than to do the hike.
  • I saw the wildlife and it made me think of Chili which made me think of chili
  • rare ferns
  • We went today day Saturday 27 of may 2017, arrived at 14:00 and we have closed lock, fantastic! We did all the way to not see anything, if the irresponzables that they would have to adhere to the schedule do not, at least they could put up a sign at the beginning of the road.
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La Serena provides a varied selection of sleeping options, with the area between the main bus station and the town center featuring at least one hostel on every street. Despite this abundance of lodgings, many hotels book up fast at the height of the tourist season (summer: January-February), and some refuse visitors on single-night stays. If you're looking for the ultimate in space and comfort, consider renting a furnished apartment on the coastline.
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