La Campana National Park
Contact: Lila Bernabeu
Duration: 1/2 Day
Starting point: Santiago/Viņa del Mar/ Valparaiso
How to get there:
The northern part of the Park (Sector Ocoa) is accessed via the Panamericana Norte (Ruta 5.) 94 km north of Santiago a gravel road veers off to the left (to Palmares de Ocoa) and reaches the prak entrance after 14km. Right up to the spot where that road branches off the Panamericana all buses tha go to La Ligua from Santiago. From Valparaiso/Viņa, public transport will take you within 4 and 2 km respectively of the Park entrance via Quillota- La Calera to Hualcapo or Escuela Las Palmas. Another 1,500 m from the entrance, in the mids of palm trees, is the tent camsite La Buitrera. The two southern entrance of the Park (GRanizo and Cajon Grande) near Olmue 60 km or an hour by car inland from Valparaiso/Viņa del Mar. There are buses (via Villa Alemana/Limache) o the hamlet of Granzio (6 km east of Olmue), and from there, it`s about another 2 km to either of the park entrances where pretty camsites by bubbling brooks under a dense canopy of trees will be waiting for you, and where you will find people picknick in the summer.
Admission: USD 2,50; Tent camping: USD 10.00 per site (6 people).
From the Ocoa park entrance, take the road for about two kilometers to a place named "Casino" (don`t worry there`s no such thing); then take the well sign- posted "portezuelo" trail (to the right) along Quebrada El Amasijo. There, you will have numerous pictures view of Cerro La Campana and the forest below. The wellmarked trail climbs right through the "elephant`s legs" to the highest elevation of this tour, Portezuelo Ocoa, at approx. 1,100m (7 km, 2,5 hrs.). From there, either backtrack or take "Granizo" trail down to the southern Park entrance, passing though dense merges for a brief while with a road before it leads directly into the valley (Sendero Los Peumos). This day tour has an elevation gain appox. 700 m.
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