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Fray Jorge National Park

Route 5, La Serena, Chile
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A must see!

A relic of a forest surrounded by near-desert. Great views towards the valleys and to the ocean... read more

Reviewed 30 March 2017
HelsbyAnthony
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Santiago, Chile
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Surprising!

It is quite bizarre to come across a small rainforest on the edge of semi arid desert! From the dry... read more

Reviewed 7 March 2017
Ian H
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Chile
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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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  • Very good37%
  • Average12%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
30 Mar 2017
“A must see!”
7 Mar 2017
“Surprising!”
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Route 5, La Serena, Chile
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Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

A relic of a forest surrounded by near-desert. Great views towards the valleys and to the ocean. Make sure you stop on the way at the small experimental park at Peral Ojo de Agua where the 2 Velázquez brothers will enthusiastically show and explain the...More

Thank HelsbyAnthony
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Reviewed 7 March 2017

It is quite bizarre to come across a small rainforest on the edge of semi arid desert! From the dry heat to instantly walking into clouded forest seems completely surreal. I think I liked it! Worth the trip anyway, although I wouldn't travel more than...More

Thank Ian H
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Reviewed 5 February 2017

I was expecting to see more forest when I visited this site, however after hearing the story associated with it I was surprised that their was any forest left at all. I think you have to hear the story to make the longish trip worthwhile,...More

Thank Malcolm B
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Reviewed 20 November 2016

The Fray Jorge National Park is located in the Region of Coquimbo in the coastal area, and it is a humid forest in the middle of an arid zone, is possible to get there by car or with travel agencies, and there you can find...More

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Reviewed 18 August 2016

Chose to visit this park at the last minute with Tembeta Tours and was thrilled to have done so. Astonishing old forest -- a relic of past climates -- with great trails and beautiful views of the valley and ocean that border it. Off the...More

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Reviewed 5 July 2016

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...More

Thank Pierremagique
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Reviewed 26 January 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...More

1  Thank JoAndygalaxy
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Reviewed 5 August 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...More

Thank DavidWChile
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Reviewed 12 July 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...More

2  Thank MKMapman
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Reviewed 15 May 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.

Thank Chris C
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