Darwin's Route: Traversing the Chilean Palm Forest


This activity offers the chance to contemplate and be enchanted by a great biodiversity of flora characteristic of the Chilean mediterranean climate, just an hour and a half from Santiago, set at the Coastal Mountain Range. The excursion begins at the northern sector of La Campana National Park, which was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1985. From there we will begin the hike that cross the whole protect area heading south toward Olmué, where our driver will be waiting us to return back to Santiago. The first stage consists of three hours hiking going up through a beautiful trail surrounded by sclerophyll species and Chilean Palms (Jubaea chilensis) among others. Following the trail we´ll reach the Ocoa Hill pass, an excellent spot for lunch and rest while enjoying beautiful views that the place offers. Later, we will begin descent towards the traditional town of Olmué passing among a Santiago oak forest (Nothofagus obliqua var. macrocarpa) which is one of the northernmost relict oak trees. We invite you to be part of this excursion of excellence and have an exciting encounter with central Chile´s wildlife, hoping your experience with us will become a lifelong memory.

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10 hours
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Why take this tour?

Let’s cross La Campana National Park hiking through the Chilean Palm Forest, and explore these lands of great biodiversity, like Charles Darwin did in 1834. This activity offers the chance to contemplate and be enchanted by a rich flora proper to the Chilean mediterranean climate, set in the Coastal Mountain Range.

What’s included?

  • Professional guide

  • Confortable transport

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

  • National Park fees

  • Binoculars

  • Trekking poles

  • First aid kit

  • Box lunch per person:

  • Accident insurance

  • Personal clothing

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Before you book

  • Duration: 10h

  • Mobile tickets accepted

  • Instant confirmation

Covid Policy

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Cancellation Policy

    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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About operator:

We are an ecotourism company which aims to generate a meaningful experience, as well as knowledge and appreciation of Chilean nature, by designing and offering recreational outdoor activities. In Coigue Expeditions we are committed to stimulate the interest of our passengers to see at first hand and understand in different aspects, the relationship between people and the environment. Based on the concepts of social and environmental responsibility as primary basis, we strive to provide a personalised and excellent service in terms of safety and quality, ensuring our passengers an unforgettable experience.

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