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Fray Jorge National Park

Route 5, La Serena, Chile
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Ranked #8 of 26 attractions in La Serena
Type: National 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... more » 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. « less
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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165 reviews 165 reviews
61 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 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

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Oakland, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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.

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London, United Kingdom
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61 reviews 61 reviews
46 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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

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Barcelona, Spain
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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.

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Rome, Italy
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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.

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Santiago, Chile
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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

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Düsseldorf
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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

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Portland, Maine
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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

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Santiago, Chile
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13 reviews 13 reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2012

We really enjoyed the detour to Fray Jorge National Park but there are a couple of things I would add to the other reviews. The park entrance is about 40 minutes from the highway and from there it's another 15 minutes up hill to the trail. The park closes at 4:30. We arrived at 3pm and the attendant was a... More

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Toronto
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

A Valdivian forest in the middle of a desert? It´s true because it gets moisture from the clouds. Pretty neat. Well worth the detour from Route 5.

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