Charles Darwin climbed to the top Cerro La Campana (1828 m) in 1834, and the area has been a magnet for nature lovers ever since. It was declared a National Park in 1967 and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1985.
You'll marvel at the fact that here, less than 100 km from Santiago, you can explore a huge forest full of Chilean palm trees (Jubaea chilensis) and central Chile's sclerophyllous vegetation.
The park is home to several campgrounds and a series of trails. The Andinista (eight hours round trip) starts in the Granizo sector and leads to the summit of La Campana, the second highest peak in the Coastal Mountain Range. From there you'll be able to see the peaks of the Andes to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Watch your step and follow the beaten path- improvisation can be dangerous here.
The 5.5 km Peumos-Portezuelo de Ocoa trail also starts from Granizo but is just six hours roundtrip and is the perfect option for those who want to observe the park's flora and fauna. Try to go all the way to the Ocoa Valley Lookout; its stunning view will make you forget that you are in one of Chile's most populated regions.
|Viña del Mar||Valparaíso|
|Coastal Viña del Mar
||Pablo Neruda's Beach House
|Cerro Alegre and Cerro Concepción
|La Campana National Park
||Architectural Heritage in Viña del Mar
||The Architecture of Chile’s Main Port
|Elevators and Viewpoints