El Norte Chico Travel Guide

El Norte Chico Sights

Parque Nacional Pan de Azúcar

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 01/20/2011

Fodor's Review

This national reserve stretching for 40 km (25 miles) along the coast north of the town of Chañaral has some of Chile's most spectacular coastal scenery. Steep cliffs fall into the crashing sea, their ominous presence broken occasionally by white-sand beaches made for picnics. Within the park is an incredible variety of flora and fauna, including sea lions, sea otters, foxes, and the very rare Peruvian Diving Petrel, as well as some 20 species of cacti including the rare copiapoa, which resembles a little blue pin cushion. At the tiny fishing village of Caleta Pan de Azúcar, you can find several local guides that can take you on boat trips to see colonies of Humboldt penguins.

Sight Information

Address:

An unpaved but signposted road north of cemetery in Chañaral leads to park, , 1490000, Chile

Phone:

52-221–3404

Website: www.conaf.cl

Sight Details:

  • 5000 pesos

Published 01/20/2011

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