We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Fray Jorge National Park

Address: Route 5, La Serena, Chile
Improve this listing
87%
Ranked #14 of 41 things to do in La Serena
Type: National Parks, Nature & Parks
Owner description: The multiple ecosystems in this immense park include Valdivian forests overflowing with ferns and...
More attraction details
Attraction details
Type: National Parks, Nature & Parks
Owner description: The multiple ecosystems in this immense park include Valdivian forests overflowing with ferns and cinnamon trees, and is home to a variety of species including eagles, pumas and guanacos.
Write a Review

62 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    24
    30
    5
    1
    2
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Toronto, Canada
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

rented a KIA cerrato and made the trek all the way to the cloud forest. Park ranger told us its all about the driver making the drive through the narrow drive on the sierra. WORTH IT. even 20 k drive to get to the park entrance is enchanting- if you go early you can drive through the coastal fog and... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
La Serena, Chile
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

It is quite a trip out of La Serena, but if you go for the day to have an outside Barbecue or something it is well worth it, the mountain forest is well worth seeing but the tour is only about 30-60min long, so if that is all you are going to do you will probably be disappointed.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
232 reviews 232 reviews
95 attraction reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

The Fray Jorge National Park is a nationally important remnant of once more extensive cloud forest. It's approached from route 5 (the Pan-American Highway) by around 25km of dirt road, which is not in too bad a condition - don't be lulled into a false sense of security by the first kilometre which has been surfaced! To a Northern European... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Oakland, California
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

We found the road to be a washboard in many places (it gets smoother if you drive a little faster) but definitely does not require 4WD at all. Any ordinary car can make the trip.

Was this review helpful? Yes
London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
61 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

This is a unique park, and with only one trail will not take long to get around, which leaves you time to visit other attractions in the area. The park is beautiful, especially the lookout over the coast on the walking trail. The drive up was fairly easy (more or less 600 meters altitude) but you need a 4X4 or... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Barcelona, Spain
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

I believe that, although the visit is worth it, the amount of miles by car discouraged me a bit. However, I enjoyed it. The hidrofillic forest and the very nice abrupt change from the pre-forest to the actual park is something you cannot miss.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Rome, Italy
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

Wood in the middle of a desert... It's hard to get there, but the 30minutes walk around the woods offers a wonderful view of all the plants and the coast as well.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Santiago, Chile
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

Maybe, its just me, but a forest in the atacama??? WHat is that all about? It never rains! So, we checked it out. The drive is quite far, I would say aonther 1,5 hours from the ruta 5, however I think it is worth while. The forest actually gets all its water from the clouds which are formed at the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Düsseldorf
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

Important - if U do not want to make the last 5Km walking you need a 4 x 4 car. I was crazy enough to do the first 1km of the trail to the Park wiht a normla car and thanks God ntohgin happened. To reahc the top it took me then 40 Min ca. The microcliam of the park... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Portland, Maine
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

Beautiful, enchanting area. Beware though, long trip off highway on dirt road. Truck or 4WD required

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Fray Jorge National Park also viewed

La Serena, Coquimbo Region
La Serena, Coquimbo Region
 
La Serena, Coquimbo Region
La Serena, Coquimbo Region
 

Been to Fray Jorge National Park? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Fray Jorge National Park and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Fray Jorge National Park staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?