NATIONAL PARK SUGAR BREAD

& COASTAL ROUTE

Option 1

Price per person: from  $ 70,000 CLP per person based on 5  people.

Time:  07:30 to 18:30.

Duration: 11 hours.

Included: park's tickets, pickup at the hotel, shared transport, guide  and lunch.

Not included:  boating by the bay.

What to bring: Warm clothing, comfortable shoes, warm hat, bathing suit, towel, sunglasses, sunscreen and water.

Cancellation policy: 48 hours.

Option 2

Price per person: From $ 70,000 per person based on 5  persons.

Time: 07:00 to 18:00.

Duration: 11 hours.

Included: Trekking to the two viewpoints, entrances to the park, pickup at the hotel, shared transportation, guide, hydration, walk-in ration and lunch.

Not included:  boating by the bay.

What to bring:  comfortable footwear, hat, backpack and sunscreen.

Cancellation policy: 48 hours.

MAIN ATTRACTIVES
SWAN BAY

Swan Bay is another attraction of the third region. Located south of Bahia Inglesa, it has warm waters and small waves, which make it in an idea place for swimming.  Swan Bay  is a refugee for penguin and other sea birds that live int he Great Islands, a biological reserve nearby the Bay.

EL MORRO BEACH

Ten kilometers south of Bahia Inglesa is Playa El Morros, clear waters of peaceful tranquility.

Located on the shores of the third region, this small oasis has a great climate where visitors can easily enter, camp and enjoy all the desert landscape.

ENGLISH BAY

English Bay  ("English Bay") is a village and  beach  located near the port of  Boiler  in  Atacama Region,  Chili.

With a population of 135 inhabitants (census 2002), it owes its name to the visit of the English  privateer  Edward Davis. Bahia Inglesa is renowned for its white sands and warm waters, as well as its accommodations. Campgrounds, hotels, restaurants and summer houses offer lodging to visitors.

Some of the better known beaches are La Piscina (The Swimming Pool), Las Machas (The Clams), Playa Blanca (White Beach) and El Chuncho (The Owl). The place in addition enjoys a year-roundmediterranean climate.

BOILER

Boiler  is a port  city  and commune in the  Copiapó Province  of the  Atacama Region  in northern  Chili. It has an excellent harbor, protected by breakwaters, being the port city for the productive mining district centering on  Copiapo  to which it is connected by the first railroad constructed in Chile.

In 1687, Englishman  Edward davis  reached the  Bahia Inglesa Beach  6  km (4  mi) south of Caldera. In 1840,  William wheelwright  of the  Pacific Steam Navigation Company  visited the region of Caldera. On his proposal the first railway was created in the year of 1851 from Caldera to Copiapó. Its inauguration was on  Christmas day  in 1851. Caldera became an important port for the exportation of minerals. The city itself was officially founded on 23 September 1850.

The city has been struck by earthquakes and tsunamis several times the major ones being that of 1868, 1877 and  1922. During the  1891 Chilean Civil War, Caldera Bay outside the city became the site of the  Battle of Caldera Bay  where  torpedo boats  loyal to  Manuel Balmaceda  sunk the rebel  ironclad  White Whitewashed.

NATURE'S SANCTUARY - ORBICULAR GRANITE

On the coastline eleven kilometers north of  Caldera, Northern  Chile, there is a body of  Jurassic  orbicular granite which is  dyke-like with an exposed surface area of approximately 375  m2, enclosed in a  tonaliticbatholith.

 

Where visible, the contact between  country rock  and the orbicular body is characterized by a zone of comb layering. The orbicular body has a  porphyritic  granodiorite  matrix. The surface ratio of matrix / orbicules is 35/65; orbicules are mainly ellipsoidal with an average axis of 7.0  cm and are composed of a  quartz diorite  core and a single dark shell with a predominantly radial texture composed of equal amounts of  plagioclass  and  amphibole  accompanied by lesser amounts of  clinopyroxene,  biotite  and  magnetite. The core of the orbicules is polycrystalline and corresponds to a medium gray, medium grained (1.5 to 2.0  mm) quartz diorite composed of plagioclase, amphibole,  quartz, biotite, small amounts of  K-feldspar, clinopyroxene, and accessories, mainly magnetite. The texture is hypidiomorphic granular. There is a close petrographic similarity between the core of the orbicules, the non-orbicular inclusions and country rock.

The site has been declared a protected area ("Nature Sanctuary").

PAN DE AZÚCAR NATIONAL PARK

Pan de Azúcar National Park  is a national park of  Chili. The park straddles the border between the  Antofagasta Region  and the  Atacama Region. Its name,  Pan de Azúcar National Park, means "sugar loaf national park".

The park is located 30  km north of  Chañaral  and 180  km north of  Copiapo. It was founded in 1985 and has an extension of 437.54  km² (including 1.1  km² of insular terrain).  It is importance derives from the relative diversity of species.

Main Trekkings:

- Mirador Trail;
- Sendero Mirador Máximo Villaflor;
- Aguada Los Sapos Trail;
- Quebrada del Castillo Trail.

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Parque Nacional Pan de Azúcar