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Darwin's Route: Traversing the Chilean Palm Forest

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Retrace the steps of Charles Darwin with an excursion through the Chilean Palm Forest. You’ll hike 14km (8.7 miles) through La Campana National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Learn about the rich flora and fauna native to this coastal mountain area with its Mediterranean climate. This tour provides an excellent opportunity to experience biodiversity while getting some exercise in the great outdoors.
  • Follow Darwin’s path with a hike through an incredible palm forest
  • Learn about local biodiversity in this UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
  • Trekking poles, binoculars, lunch, and park fees included
  • Convenient hotel pick-up and drop-off

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This excursion with Coigue...
Kenneth T
, Mar 2017
This excursion with Coigue Expeditions is a wonderful full on day hike through Parque Nacional La Campana declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO set in the dry, dusty mountains of the coastal range. It is a good hour and 45 minutes drive each way from Santiago 110km NW of but as the trip is limited to a small group this was a comfortable car journey rather than being in a cramped minibus. The walk commences in the northern Sector Ocoa and follows a 7km Sendero through the beautiful Palmar de Ocoa, a grove of Chilean Palms in their natural habitat and one of just two remaining in the country. A steepish climb leads to the Portezuelo Ocoa viewpoint from where a 5.5km sendero descends in the shade through the beautiful contrasting woods of southern Sector Cajon Grande. An enthusiastic walking companion accompanied us on this cross-park trek in our friendly guide Nicolas who shared his knowledge and local insights to enhance our experience of this unspoilt natural environment. Apart from a brief encounter with a local horse rider we had the path to ourselves - unbelievable for such an attractive national park. Sadly wildlife, especially bird encounters were limited but such is the vagary of nature. Walking sticks and lunch are provided but additional bottled water is a must. The guidance notes concerning level of difficulty, sunscreen, clothing etc is sensible, important and not to be ignored! Our car with driver Felipe was waiting for us on our return and further welcome insights, including on local music, added to our enjoyment as we drove the Pan American Highway chatting all the way back to Santiago. Understandably not a cheap option but highly recommended if you want a different, challenging and more personalised experience away from the hustle and bustle of Santiago rather than the standard mass day trips out in the Andes foothills.

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