There is an incredible hidden ravine two hours north of Santiago, where you can climb one of the most amazing rock formations in Chile, with routes for newbies and experienced climbers in a tranquil, temperate environment.
At the bottom, along the ravine, there is still a brook which remind us of the bigger river that washed the conglomerate and basalt rocks for millennia; leaving oxygen bubbles on its walls, and thin sand along the shore.
There are several recently equipped single pitch sport climbing routes ranging from very easy to 8a (5.13b), and a bouldering zone inside dry river pools with caves and polished stones. This is the perfect place to learn new skills and enjoy the day climbing with our young though experienced guides Miguel and Ivano.
During spring and early summer you can climb over the small lagoon formed due to melted snow from the Coast Range. If you choose to spend the night there, then we’ll enjoy dinner by a wood fire and sleep over the sand in our tents. Or we could even vivac in summer, sheltered by the great walls, covered by the clear night sky full of stars.
Note: Climbing guides are certified wilderness first responders with experience in traditional and sport rock climbing. Regularly they work in Fundación Deportelibre (Freesport Foundation) transforming forgotten areas into outdoor gyms, where they offer climbing courses and other activities for local people. The guides are sponsored by brands like Petzel, which ensures quality equipments in every trip.
- Activity: Rock climbing
- Tour length: 1 or 2 days
- Location: Petorca
- From/To: Your place in Santiago
- Difficulty: All levels
- Season: Year round
- Climbing: Sport single pitch and bouldering
2 days 1 night
- 07:30 Pick up at the hotel
- 09:30 Arrival to Petorca Valley
- 10:00 Sport climbing after short hike
- 13:00 Lunch
- 13:30 Sport climb or bouldering
- 17:00 Ride back to Santiago
- 19:30 Back in your hotel
- Certified WFR guide
- Petzel climbing equipment
- 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
For two days:
- Chilean dinner, breakfast and extra box lunch.
- Tent, sleeping bag, pad and lantern.
- Accident insurance
- Personal clothes
- Sun hat
- Hiking shoes
- Warm 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