Frigid winds blow as we turn into the glacier’s gorge. Without foreseeing we begin to step on ice that shines in between the fallen rocks of surrounding towering mountains.

The Juncal Andean Park is an ecological reserve created in 1911 by the Kendrick family. This private property, preservation of a pristine andean ecosystem, has an area of 13,796 hectares and is located in the middle of the Juncal valley, just two hours from Santiago to the north.

It has unique natural features and a remarkable beauty. In may of 2010 the park was designated “RAMSAR wetlands of international importance” such as other 11 recognized sites in Chile. Wetlands are a focus of conservation for its vital importance as a source of life, especially in harsh environments as the Juncal. This area has magnificent glaciers that are slowly receding as a result of the climate change.

We’ll reach the park entrance alongside the intriguing and forgotten train railway that used to crossed the Andes. From here we will enter through the andean valley following a low slope trail by the eastern bank of the Juncal river. The path take us to a huge vega, a mountain oasis plenty of life due to the presence of water all year round, then we’ll cross the “Monos de agua” river.

The last section of the path becomes less clear and steepest as we continue through a drawer that reveal the presence of this huge body of ice. In this last section we will begin to feel the steep moraine configuration, realizing that we are already on the glacier.

Summary

  • Activity: Hike
  • Tour length: Full Day
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Season: Nov to April
  • Total distance*: 18km (11.2mi)
  • Elevation gain: 600m (1,960ft)
  • Max elevation: 3,000m (10,000ft)
* Back and forth

Price Per Person

PAXUSD
4 +160
3180
2220
1330

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

Include

  • Transport
  • Bilingual guide ENG – ESP
  • Box lunch: one sandwich and a large salad; cereal bar; chocolate or cookies; tea or an isotonic drink; two fruits and water.
  • First aid kit
  • Snowshoes if needed
  • Park entrance fee
  • Trekking poles
  • Binoculars
  • Sandals to cross the river

Recommendations

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunblock
  • Hiking shoes
  • Thermal shirt (long sleeves if possible)
  • 2nd warmer layer
  • Water or wind proof jacket

In their words

The visit to Juncal Park, amid the Andes Mountains, was absolutely impeccable. The guides Nicolás and José have proved very attentive to lead us by a remarkably beautiful trail to a glacier, which was located at the end of the route. Both have made a path that apparently seemed hard on something very easy. Besides tranquil and fun, they also had good knowledge about the nature around us.

Tomás B / Brazil

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