FAQs

1) What is the entry fee?

Adults: $3,000 per day
Children under 12 years old: $2,000 per day
Senior citizens: $2,000 per day
Lo Barnechea residents (with neighbor card): $2,500 per day
Children of Lo Barnechea (with neighbor card): $1,500 per day

2) How can I get there?

Yerba Loca is located 25 km from Plaza San Enrique of Lo Barnechea along route G-21 (road to Farellones). The entrance is located precisely on curve 15. Currently, there exists no public transportation that provides access. From the entrance to the Villa Paula area, there are 4 kms of dirt road. In Villa Paulina there are camping sites or rest areas, parking lots, and from there you can access the trails towards the different internal sites.

3) Is it possible to visit Yerba Loca throughout the entire year?

 

Yes, it is open the entire year. It is only closed in risky or emergency situations, such as landslides along the access road, heavy snowfall, fires and when maximum capacity at the rest area is attained.

4) Is this place suitable for all ages?

Yes, children, adults and the elderly are welcome. People with disabilities can get to Villa Paulina by car. It is important to highlight that there are some areas in Villa Paulina that are not suited for everybody, since they imply going through mountainous accesses that require a certain physical capabilities and sometimes even technical skills.

5) Is a 4x4 required to get to the Villa Paulina area?

The use of 4×4 vehicles or chains is only required when snow or rain demand it, this situation occurs mainly during winter season.

6) How can I get to Yerba Loca if I have no car?

Unfortunately, there is no public transportation to the Yerba Loca entrance. Currently, the only option is to take one of the taxis that go from Plaza San Enrique, which cost approximately $16,000 CLP.

7) Is it possible to take my pets?

One of the priorities of the Nature Sanctuary is to take care of the ecological environment of the mountains, wild flora and fauna; therefore, accessing with pets is forbidden.

8) Is the water from the stream drinkable?

In Villa Paulina, La Leonera and Yerba Loca streams meet. The water from Yerba Loca stream naturally carries a high amount of minerals, speacially sulfates that come mostly from the waterfalls of the Chorrillos del Plomo, therefore, it is not drinkable.

The water from La Leonera is drinkable.

It is not easy to differentiate them; the Yerba Loca stream runs from north to south along the entire canyon of Yerba Loca. La Leonera stream comes from the east and crosses the Villa Paulina area until the point where they meet. The Yerba Loca stream in general has a light blue or calypso color, whereas La Leonera has a more transparent water hue.

9) Is it possible to camp in Yerba Loca?

There are 6 sites authorized for camping throughout the valley: Villa Paulina, Hornitos, La Lata, Las Cascadas, Casa de Piedra Carvajal and Base del Glaciar La Paloma. It is important to highlight that in all these sites the areas without vegetation must be taken care of. It is forbidden to intervene on the meadows or on any kind of vegetation.
Only in Villa Paulina is there camping equipment such as tables, grills and bathrooms.

10) Are there camping sites?

Only in Villa Paulina. Each camping site includes a table, a grill with space to light the charcoal and a place to mount a tent. Bathrooms and washing sites are shared.

11) Are there bathrooms?

Only in Villa Paulina.
Those who are doing activities in the rest of the canyon must use minimum impact techniques or not leave any tracks.

12) Can I book a camping spot?

Not for now. We have a project of online booking for the camping sites of Villa Paulina and the start-up period will begin in the winter season of 2018.

13) Is it very cold?

Yerba Loca has big temperature fluctuations depending on the time of the day, season of the year, state of the weather and place being accessed, there are great altitude differences in high and low areas. For all these reasons, it is important to check the weather forecast before going out and prepare for cold and heat.

14) Is it advisable to go with children?

The low area of Yerba Loca, in Villa Paulina and its surroundings are areas that can be visited with children, but always under the supervision of an adult. The higher and more distant areas are not advisable for children.

15) Is there electricity?

There is electricity at the Yerba Loca entrance only. Camping sites do not have electricity.

16) Is there a place to bathe?

There are two streams that meet in the rest area of Villa Paulina. However, there are no pools deep enough to dive to the water headfirst. Due to the strong flow, the low depth and the low temperature of the water, it is recommended to sit on a rock to soak from a controlled spot or to go in until the water meets the knees. If the children want to play in the river, it is a mandatory requirement to do so under the supervision of an adult.

17) Is there cellphone signal and internet?

It depends on the company, in general, there is signal until the La Lata area. Entel has signal until this place.

18) How long does the walk to the glacier take?

The trail from Villa Paulina to La Paloma glacier covers about 17 kms, with a slope of 1,530 mts. In general, the first day you get to La Lata, and the next day you continue to the glacier. It can be reached in one day, but only if you are in good shape.

19) What kind of equipment do I need to bring for the trekking to the glacier?

Shoes for walking with grip sole, sunglasses or glasses with UV protection, first and second upper layer as protection, besides a light windbreaker. Comfortable pants for walking (avoid jeans), proper socks and a backup pair, would be ideal if they were for the mountain. A hat for the cold, gloves, sunscreen, a hat for the sun, a water container, technical sleeping bag, light mat, tent (check that it includes poles, roof and stakes), portable gas stove, gas cylinders for the stove, matches or lighter for the stove (in a dry compartment), kitchen kit, penknife or camping knife, front lantern, first-aid kit, personal medicine, food and walking rations, always considering additional time margin to what has been planned in case of any delays. The use of trekking poles is advised, as well as keeping your cellphone off so the battery doesn’t run out and you will be able to communicate in case of an emergency.

20) Is it possible to cycle in Yerba Loca?

The use of bicycles is allowed in Yerba Loca only within the established routes, in order to minimize their impact. Cyclists must consider that the terrain is quite rocky in some areas, so the use of a helmet and proper protection is mandatory. As it is a protected area, it is forbidden to go outside the established routes.

21) Is it possible to arrive at night or to leave at night?

In summer, the entry time is between 8:30 am and 18:00 pm and the exit time is until 20:00 pm.
In winter, the entry time is between 8:30 am and 17:00 pm and the exit time is until 18:00 pm.

22) Is there hot water?

No.

23) In what time of the year is more advisable to visit the glacier?

Yerba Loca can be visited all year round, however, the route to the glacier is easier to hike during summertime, due to the temperatures and the equipment required to do it.
It is important to highlight that the months of winter are from April to September and the months of summer from October to March.

24) Is there a place to buy food?

Not yet. We have a project to start providing food service that will be implemented this year.

25) Where can I dispose of my garbage?

In Villa Paulina we have recycling bins. When going on an excursion it is important to bring provisions that produce little waste and, on the way back, classify them and dispose of them in appropriate waste bins.

26) Is the administration accountable in case of an accident?

No. When entering Yerba Loca a clause of exemption from responsibilities and awareness of risks is signed. The geographical conditions and the weather require the main responsible person in charge of self-care to always be oneself.

27) What should I do in case of accidents or emergencies?

In case of an emergency, notify the forest rangers and call 1405.

28) Is it allowed to light a fire?

Lighting a fire is forbidden as it poses a risk of fires and damages. The use of portable stoves and gas as well as lighting charcoal is only allowed in the authorized fireplaces in the Villa Paulina area.

29) What other aspects do I need to consider when visiting Yerba Loca?

Yerba Loca is nested in a Nature Sanctuary that is a protected area. For this reason, the activities that take place here must be carried out with all the proper cares of minimum impact. Any damage to the environment, such as destroying the trees, vegetation, hunting or damaging the fauna is sanctioned by the law.