Pan de Azúcar National Park (Parque Nacional Pan de Azúcar) gathers a representative sample of marine and wild ecosystems. Located about 30 km from Chañaral, in the north of Chile.
There you can observe the typically desertic fauna and flora, with species adapted to the scarcity of water. Cacti and “la copiapoa” are some of the 20 species of flora found at the park.
Guanacos, foxes and reptiles, Humbolt penguins, a wolf known as “lobo de un pelo”, chungungo are some of the animals you can see at Pan de Azúcar National Park. Birds are also abundant.
Travelers can also go trekking, for mountain bike and fishing.
In Caleta Pan de Azúcar, you can take a boat towards the island named ‘Isla Pan de Azúcar’. At ‘Playa Blanca’ and ‘Playa Los Piqueros’, you can dive, fish in addition to the fauna and flora.
The infrastructure in the park is basic. There are spots for camping and two 6-person cabins.
– How to arrive?
You can arrive at Pan de Azucar National Park by bus, by flight and driving.
Buses depart from Santiago and nearby, taking 11 hours of the trip. You can also take from Copiapó and other towns. Necessary to check the timetables at local bus stations.
By flight, you need to land at Deserto de Atacama airport. From there, you can reach Chañaral from Copiapó, Bahía Inglesa or Caldera.
Driving to Chañaral, you need to take the ‘Ruta 5’ towards Copiapó. From Copiapó, go towards the coast along 165 km, in the same direction for Caldera and Bahía Inglesa.
*Source: Chile es TUYO
*Picture from www.thisischile.cl
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