Parque Nacional La Campana
Parque Nacional La Campana
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Ionut G
Bucharest, Romania37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Solo
Two weekends ago I've been to La Campana National Park. I've read about it and it seemed to be one of the nicest national parks near Santiago. So, I took the bus from Universidad de Santiago terminal (Santiago city), which is right next to the metro station having the same name. The trip took around 2 hours, and I had to be very careful with the stop, becase Olmue (the place where is situated the park) is not the last bus stop.
Regarding the park, it's very well organized, with a guy at the entrance who offers support and informations, with a huge map with all the trails, their difficulty and the time you need for each, bathrooms and an astonishing view of the mountain. The trails are very well marked so very easy to follow.
Another tip: the trails can be made faster than specfied on the panel there. Really. Without being a professional climber / hikker or similar.
I tried the Granizo sector but I've heard that the north part, through Ocoa sector it's much nicer. The tricky thing is that the access is harder to get. Anyway, as a general conclusion, if you want national parks around Santiago, don't miss this one!
PS1: prices? see my picture.
PS2: you want to make the long trail through the La Campana summit? You have to be there pretty early, otherwise they won't let you go
Written June 4, 2014
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Spokanic
Spokane, WA63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
Americans and Canadians will recognize this as a familiar type of excursion: a four-mile, 4500'-vertical rocky trail to a view-spangled summit, starting from a low trailhead, so altitude is no issue. (Seattleites might compare this to Mt. Si, although this trail is steeper and rougher for the last mile).

You'll see an outstanding view of Chile from a peak that stands far removed from others. Catch a clear day and you can see a half-dozen of the tallest High Andes summits to the east, with Aconcagua reigning supreme among them. To the west, the Pacific and Valparaiso.

We drove from Valpo to the parking lot at the base in about two hours, with much of that just getting out of Valpo in rush-hour morning traffic. It cost 4 mil each to hike. Parking is easy. The road is great until the last few hundred meters, and then just bumpy; our rental sedan did fine.

You'll be asked to leave by 5:30, so you don't have time to dawdle. It's four hours to the summit at a steady pace, if you're in shape, and then about three coming down. It's a steep, rocky scramble up boulders near the top, with some handholds. No dangerous exposures, but rough on the knees on descent. The trail is extremely well marked, and the route is pretty direct: switchbacks working up to the right (east) side of the summit block and then up from there. The views are outstanding once you gain the ridge crest. The office will give you a rough map, but we found it helpful to download a couple from online as well.

On a mid-April autumn day the temps were perfect and the trail uncrowded. Four liters of water were plenty for two. Day packs, good hiking shoes and socks, lunch, and a jacket for the summit were all that we needed. We encountered only seven other parties on the trail, and as many cows. The parking lot at the base is by the park office, so car prowls don't look likely. I believe the bus stop is just a short distance down the road, in the residential neighborhood of El Granizo.

Note: a sign in Olmue directs you to the second park entrance at El Cajon, a bit east, from which there is no trail to the summit. Instead, you want the El Granizo trailhead and the Andinista Trail (Sendero Andinista), which you'll reach by continuing straight up the valley to El Granizo.

Do everyone a favor and don't cut switchbacks or leave used toilet paper along the trail, as too many do on this well-used route.

It's a classic trail with great rewards near the summit!
Written April 28, 2018
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EuroNomad91
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Couples
We set off from Valparaíso on a Saturday morning when the metro only opens at 8.30. We got to the park (the Olmué entrance) at 10.30 and were told there was not enough time to reach the top of the mountain (Cerro La Campana), as you have to be back down by 17.30.

Challenge accepted, we decided, and set ourselves a hard pace. We made it to the La Mina section in 1h30 (supposed to take 2h30) and then completed the much more difficult climb from there to the top in another 1h30 (this was supposed to take 2 hours). The final section is hard, especially if you gun it up the first 4km as we did. We stayed on the top for half an hour then made the descent in roughly the same time it had taken us to get up to the top. 6 hour round trip.

We were later told that the park doesn't actually close at 17.30, but the park rangers like you to be down by then for safety reasons. You have to leave them your phone number so I suspect after 17.30 they just call you to check you're okay...

We're both in reasonably good physical condition but I reckon if you're an experienced climber and are prepared to power up to the top without waiting once you get there, you could even make the round trip in 5 hours or less. 8-9 hours seems excessive unless you really want to take it easy.

In short, don't worry about starting later than 9.30 - it can be done! As a rule of thumb if you can make it to the summit by 14.00 / 14.30 you should make it down before 17.30.

Great views of the Andes from the top - worth the hard climb!
Written September 11, 2016
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tf2073
Washington DC, DC74 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Couples
This national park, situated close to both Santiago and Valpariso, has varied activities and sights including several long hikes. The park is divided into 3 sectors, each with a different entrance. We only saw the Granizo sector which is the starting point for the trail up the mountain. If you want exercise and to experience a long mountainous hike, this is the place for you, but bring hiking boots. The downhill trek is especially arduous if you don't have proper footware. If you are not interested in climbing a mountain on a hot, dry trail, try the lower trail to see the rare palm trees (still a long hot hike, but not so uphill).
Written October 12, 2013
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Val@live
Quilpue, Chile39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Friends
A lot of green and nature a beautiful place for trekking. Never forget implements and chocolate bars for energy. It takes like three hours to the top s nd the same to get back. Great adventure you on see native birds and little animals. Beautiful landscape it is amazing. Bring lots of water it is necessary.
Written March 3, 2019
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Richard254
Hebden Bridge, UK268 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Couples
A strenuous but well worthwhile climb / scramble up Cerro Campana. The enormous view does not open up until you get to the very top, all the way beyond the coast to the Pacific horizon and east to the high points of the cordillera. We are reasonably strong walkers and it took us from 9am to 4.30pm to do the round trip, including a lunch stop at the top. Our legs are still feeling the effects two days later! This was the last of many CONAF sites we visited during our three months travelling in Chile. All of them well worth the visit and all of the campsites well equipped, with tables, benches, fire-places for cooking etc. Many are in remote areas of natural beauty and all of them had places available, even in high season, provided we arrived by mid afternoon. Not all of them are peaceful. It's normal in Chile for fellow campers to play radios or music quite loud - that's just the way it is. However the camping area at Granizo, lovely though it is, was the noisiest site by far at night. We were the only campers in our section, so were not disturbed by other campers. The problem comes from the plague of dogs around the houses a little way down the valley. They seem to sleep all day in preparation for their marathon nocturnal barking sessions. Once started, they bark singly or as competing choirs, led by one shrill virtuoso who can keep up an average of a bark a second for at least half an hour before handing over to a colleague. At Granizo the effect is enhanced by a strong echo, which funnels the din into the narrower upper valley, amplifying the decibel level as it goes. With ear plugs we managed some sleep on our second night, even despite the two large black dogs from the nearest house, who appointed themselves as guardians of our tent and who merely howled at the moon from time to time, at a distance of about two metres throughout the night. Overall, despite its daytime loveliness, this is a campsite to avoid. If you have no other option, choose a site as far from the houses as possible, and be sure to take ear-plugs!
Written April 2, 2015
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DonNMary2014
Golden, CO4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2014 • Couples
1000+ year old Chilean Palms. Good basic trails. Reasonable number of visitors. Not overcrowded. Climb a small mountain that Darwin climbed
Written February 28, 2014
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Pierre W
Brussels, Belgium22,671 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Solo
Another excellent park, requires 2 visits.
One full day to climb La Campana on the footsteps of Darwin, you must take the metro from Valparaiso at 7 am (weekdays only, the metro starts too late the weekends) to Limache then change to the local bus 'Olmue 45'. Tough dayhike. From the top, you see Aconcagua, and the sea.
Then the Ocoa sector for the palm trees, pleasant camping there and very few people. No public transport, difficult to reach. I actually hiked through the park from the Olmue side.
Written January 31, 2016
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kristinoli
Berlin, Germany12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Solo
Great great great great!!!!!
Make sure you start EARLY (when the park opens, depending on the season 9 or 9:30) and wear proper hiking shoes!! The last kilometer of the trek is quite tough but to go up to the top is defenitely worth it and I would say necessary!!!! ;-)
Written September 10, 2015
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Liza W
Arizona397 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Couples
Went there for birding, was a bit quiet but enjoyed the hiking nevertheless. The La Canasta trail at Sector Granizo has native trees labeled, very useful.
Written November 11, 2014
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