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Fray Jorge National Park

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Address: Route 5, La Serena, Chile
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The multiple ecosystems in this immense park include Valdivian forests...

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.

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Interesting journey in this natural wonder

Maybe a bit far from La Serena, but worth the trip. The easiest (almost only) way to access this protected park is by car (tours are also organized). Because of the distance... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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La Serena, Chile

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La Serena, Chile
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Maybe a bit far from La Serena, but worth the trip. The easiest (almost only) way to access this protected park is by car (tours are also organized). Because of the distance, maybe try to fit a visit of some fishermen village: Tonguoy and Guanaqueros on the way down the coast from la Serena. While there you'll be able to... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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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 

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La Serena, Chile
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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.

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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