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TOUR OF FRAY JORGE NATIONAL PARK
Departure: 08:30 hrs. Until 18:30 hrs
(Minimun 5 paxs)

The fascinating full day excursion begins in the morning with a drive along the coast of the Coquimbo Region passing by such resorts as La Herradura, Totoralillo, Las Tacas and Morrillos. As the Pan-American highway veers inland there is opportunity to observe the customary thick fog that settles above the coastal hills (known as the "camanchaca").  After turning off the Pan-American the remaining route to Fray Jorge National Parkis 32 kilometers of country road which is unpaved and passes wheat fields, goat herds and the traditional goat cheese stands. Fray Jorge became a National Park in 1941, and was declared a Reserve of the Biosphere in 1977 by UNESCO. 
Within Fray Jorge's 10.000 hectares the visitor can distinguish three ecosystems, arid, semi arid and forested, the last of which is found above 600 meters.
The tour stops at the Visitor Center for an introduction to the Park before climbing 560 meters to the top of the hill for a guided forty minute walk during which the cinnamon, myrtle and olivillo trees can been seen growing above a carpet of ferns.  This unusual abundant vegetation can grow in this area because of the coastal clouds (or camanchaca), which forms due to the cold moisture-laden air coming off the ocean and condensing upon hitting the high ridge. The high altitude vegetation takes advantage of the moisture in the clouds, allowing a forest typical of Southern Chile to survive in the arid north.
After the tour of the cloud forest the descent to the semi arid sector is in sharp contrast for here can be observed the natural flora and fauna, especially the foxes and a great variety of birds, birdwatchers bring your binoculars! After leaving the park lunch is provided in a typical Chilean restaurant.

The tour returns back to La Serena during the evening with a spectacular sunset.

 

 

 

INGSERVTUR
Phone: (+56 51) 2484008 - Mobile Phone (+56 9) 93330412
Coquimbo Region, La Serena, Chile
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