Juncal Andean Park: Hiking over a Glacial Tongue

Juncal Andean Park: Hiking over a Glacial Tongue
Outdoor Activities > Hiking & Camping > Hiking
$190
Duration: 10 hours
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Description

Experience the mountains, hiking along the Juncal Andean Park, which has unique natural features and a remarkable beauty. Emplaced just two hours from Santiago, this private park created in 1911, comprises the Andean wetlands, a focus of conservation for its vital importance as a source of life, that provide shelter to a wide variety of birds. The main activity consists of a to visit the largest glacier of Chile out of Patagonia and Antartic; The imposing Juncal Glacier, that curiously face the sunlight to the north, leaving astonished those who decide to go to meet it.

You’ll enter the park alongside the intriguing train railway that used to connect with Argentina, then hike through a low slope trail by the eastern bank of the Juncal river. The path takes you to a huge vega, this is a mountain oasis, plenty of life due to the presence of water all year round. After the wetlands, you’ll cross on foot the “Monos de agua” river.

The last section of the path becomes less clear and fades into a steep moraine. Frigid winds blow as you turn into the glacier’s gorge. Without foreseeing, you begin to step on ice that shines in between ever-changing crevasses and the fallen rocks of surrounding towering mountains.

The route has a medium difficulty, it consist on a 9km (5.6mi) trail to the glacier, which gains around 600m (1,960ft) on elevation, reaching 3,000m (10,000ft) above sea level. You'll take the same route on our way back, hiking a total of 18km (11.2mi).

Itinerary:

  • 07:30 Pick up at the hotel
  • 09:30 Arrival to Park. Hike begins
  • 11:30 Lunch at “Monos de agua” river
  • 13:00 Juncal Glacier lookout
  • 13:30 Descent begins
  • 17:00 Ride back to Santiago
  • 19:00 Back in your hotel

recommended:

  • Pre-hydration and good breakfast
  • Hiking shoes or boots
  • Small backpack
  • Long sleeves shirt if possible
  • Shorts on summer
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Warm, windproof clothing
Remember, you can always leave things in the car.

Experience the mountains, hiking along the Juncal Andean Park, which has unique natural features and a remarkable beauty. Emplaced just two hours from Santiago, this private park created in 1911, comprises the Andean wetlands, a focus of conservation for its vital importance as a source of life, that provide shelter to a wide variety of birds. The main activity consists of a to visit the largest glacier of Chile out of Patagonia and Antartic; The imposing Juncal Glacier, that curiously face the sunlight to the north, leaving astonished those who decide to go to meet it.