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Nevado Tres Cruces National Park (Parque Nacional Nevado Tres Cruces)
Nevado Tres Cruces National Park (Parque Nacional Nevado Tres Cruces)

Nevado Tres Cruces National Park (Parque Nacional Nevado Tres Cruces)

Open daily Oct - May
Ruta 31, Copiapó

Practical Info

The two, completely separate sectors of Parque Nacional Nevado Tres Cruces are spread out across49,000 hectares (182 square miles), beginning about 150 kilometers (94 miles) from the sunny city ofCopiapó. Public transportation isn't really an option for exploring the park, but you can hire cars in town.

Copiapó is a major population center and historic copper mining town, bleached pale in the intense sunshine. While most people arrive on buses from Santiago or elsewhere along the Pacific Coast,Aeropuerto Desierto de Atacama (DAT), 40 km (25 mi) north of Copiapó, has direct flights to Santiago and around Chile. Tourists are catered to with several hotels and restaurants, as well as a recommended historical museum and handful of pretty, if not extravagant, wooden churches dating to the early 1800s.

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