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Yerba Loca Sanctuary
Just outside Santiago lies Yerba Loca Sanctuary, a diverse natural reserve in the heart of the Chilean Andes, replete with glacial ravines, rocky peaks, and wildflower-covered meadows. Known for La Paloma Glacier, the looming peaks of Los Piches and El Altar, and the densely wooded forests of Villa Paulina valley, Yerba Loca Sanctuary is a popular day-trip destination.
The Basics
A visit to Yerba Loca Sanctuary is the ideal foil for bustling Santiago. Go horseback riding or camping, try your hand at mountain climbing, or pack a picnic and take a leisurely hike. Yerba Loca Sanctuary is home to more than 500 plant and animal species—watch for Chilean condors, cordilleran hummingbirds, and culpeo foxes. If you’re short on time, join a half-day tour with round-trip transport included.
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Yerba Loca Sanctuary is a protected area. Fires are prohibited, and travelers must stay on established trails.
  • The sanctuary has an admission fee.
  • If you’ll be camping, take your own supplies and equipment.
  • The sanctuary isn’t accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
How to Get There
Yerba Loca Sanctuary is 15 miles (24 kilometers) from Santiago, just over an hour’s drive. The sanctuary is reachable by public transit, but requires transfers. If you don’t have access to a car and want to make the most of your visit, consider joining a tour with round-trip transport included.  
When to Get There

Open daily year-round, Yerba Loca Sanctuary is an all-weather destination, though heavy snow can sometimes lead to last-minute closures. For warmer weather and longer opening hours, visit between September and March.
Camping in Yerba Loca Sanctuary

Given the scenic surroundings and numerous activities, many travelers wish to spend more time at Yerba Loca Sanctuary. There are six authorized camping spots, only one of which—Villa Paulina—has tables, grills, and bathrooms. Take backup batteries as there’s no electricity, and be prepared for temperamental weather.
Address: Lo Barnechea, Santiago, Chile
Admission: Varies
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Hiking Tour in the Andes Mountains - Half Day Trip from SantiagoHiking & Camping

Hiking Tour in the Andes Mountains - Half Day Trip from Santiago

Escape the city and breath in the mountain air on this tour to the Yerba Loca Sanctuary from Santiago. Keep your camera close by as you set out on a leisurely 4-mile (6-km) hike, soaking up views of the Villa Paulina valley, La Paloma Glacier and the looming peaks of Los Piches and El Altar. Look out for wildlife like grey fox and Chilean condor along the way, then tuck into a picnic lunch (included) before heading back to the city.
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