Yerba Loca Sanctuary Hiking Tour from Santiago

Yerba Loca Sanctuary Hiking Tour from Santiago
Outdoor Activities > Hiking & Camping > Hiking
$185
Duration: 6 hours
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Find refuge and beauty inside Yerba Loca Sanctuary on this day trip from Santiago. During an easy 4-mile (6-km) hike, admire the towering Central Andes mountains and La Paloma Glacier, stroll through pine forests, and pass streams rushing with blue glacier water. Learn about the park’s abundant plant and wildlife from an expert guide. You might even catch glimpses of foxes, eagles, or even a Chilean condor. After the hike, tuck into a delicious lunch at a spot offering breathtaking views. Bonus: Hotel transport is included.

Trade hectic city life for tranquil beauty just an hour northeast of Santiago. After morning hotel pickup, arrive at Yerba Loca Sanctuary, a protected reserve in the Central Andes that is home to some of Chile's most gorgeous natural landmarks and wildlife. Surrounded by two mountain chains, the tallest peaks being Los Piches and El Altar, the sanctuary offers a diverse range of landscapes.

Inside the park, follow your expert guide on a relaxing 4-mile (6-km) hike that lasts up to three hours. Wander into meadows strewn with wild herbs, and inhale the fresh, calming scents of pine, eucalyptus and cypress trees dotting Villa Paulina valley. Admire the views that your guide points out such as the La Paloma Glacier, one of the largest ice formations in central Chile.

Yerba Loca is home to more than 500 species of plant and animal life, some of which you might get to see. Look around for the grey fox or Darwin’s leaf-eared mouse dashing through small forests of poplar, elm and ash trees. Overhead, you might find eagles soaring between treetops, or the mighty Chilean condor gliding effortlessly thanks to a 10-foot (3-m) wingspan.

After the hike, your guide takes you to a scenic location for a delightful picnic lunch, which typically includes freshly made local bread, seasonal fruit, cheeses, cookies and more.

Refreshed, follow your guide out of the reserve and climb aboard your vehicle for transport back to your hotel.

Please note: A minimum of two people per booking is required.

Find refuge and beauty inside Yerba Loca Sanctuary on this day trip from Santiago. During an easy 4-mile (6-km) hike, admire the towering Central Andes mountains and La Paloma Glacier, stroll through pine forests, and pass streams rushing with blue glacier water. Learn about the park’s abundant plant and wildlife from an expert guide. You might even catch glimpses of foxes, eagles, or even a Chilean condor. After the hike, tuck into a delicious lunch at a spot offering breathtaking views. Bonus: Hotel transport is included.