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La Campana National Park (Parque Nacional La Campana)
La Campana National Park (Parque Nacional La Campana)

La Campana National Park (Parque Nacional La Campana)

Free admission

The Basics

Those wanting to recreate Darwin's journey can take the El Andinista Trail (Sendero El Andinista); though it's a difficult climb, the summit rewards with a plaque commemorating Darwin's accomplishment and panoramic views of the Andes and surrounding coastal valleys. Day trips typically depart from Santiago and include convenient round-trip transfers and lunch, as well as ensuring you don’t lose sight of the original track. If going it alone, don’t forget to register at the checkpoint for important guidelines to follow while trekking.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • La Campana National Park is a must-visit for hiking enthusiasts and naturalists.
  • Ensure you wear sturdy hiking shoes, warm clothing, and sunscreen if you’re planning to embark on the El Andinista Trail.
  • The park has a visitor center that provides detailed information and has restrooms and water stations.
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How to Get There

The district of Limache is the gateway to La Campana National Park; buses depart to the park entrance from here and you can reach Limache via the metro from Vina del Mar or Valparaiso. From Santiago, the park is a 1.5-hour drive via Ruta 5.

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When to Get There

The park opens between 8am and 5:30pm. If you plan on reaching the summit of Cerro La Campana, it's recommended to start your climb as early as possible, in order to beat the heat. For the average hiker, the climb takes around 5-6 hours excluding breaks.

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Wildcard

WIldlife in La Campana National Park It’s not all about hiking in La Campana National Park, which is home to some diverse wildlife species that brought Darwin there in the first place. With luck, you’ll see hawks, alligators, eagles, snakes, owls, and giant frogs during a walk around the biosphere reserve but, to increase your chances, stay silent and explore.

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