Glaciar del Juncal (english)
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Trekking: September-May. Although the valley is high, its orientation does not allow for the accumulation of snow, making it a bad destination for randonnée.
From Los Andes, you should take the international road to Mendoza CH-60. Continue up this road, past Rio Blanco and Guardia Vieja, and 3 snow "tunnels", for a total of approximately 50 km and exit to the right, immediately before the start of a series of steep curves that leads to Portillo. Once off the main road, take a turn left and then right again around a goat herders house and up and along a dirt road. You will always have the río Juncal to your right and the remnants of the Transandine Railway that linked Los Andes to Mendoza until the early '80s. After 3 kms you will reach a old rather decrepit stone "pirca" or wall, the entrance to the Parque Andino Juncal, a private protected area that belongs to the Kenrick Lyon family. The Parque was designated a Ramsar site in 2010, because of the international importance of its wetlands. It is Chile's 12th Ramsar site. The state of the dirt road will depend on the time of the year, the rain and snowfall. After 6 kms you will reach Los Hornitos where vehicles can be left. There are two old mining constructions, one of which houses the Park Ranger and a mining processing plant ruin, the Hotel Mil Estrellas, where we suggest you camp, protected from the wind and close to a simple but functional public bathroom. You must register with the Park Ranger before starting your trek.
Access by Public Transportation
- You can take a bus in Santiago (at Los Heroes subway terminal) that goes to Mendoza. You have to pay the price of the total trip and negotiate a special price, since you will not be going to Mendoza. Ask to be left at Curva Cero (Curve Cero), or at the Galpon de Vialidad Juncal. From there, the walk is about 2 hours long.
- From Los Andes, take a "colectivo" to Rio Blanco. Ask to be taken either to Curva Cero or Los Hornitos. Walk for about 2 hours.
- From Los Andes take a bus to Rio Blanco. Hitchhike to the gas station to curve cero. Walk for 2 hours.
Route DescriptionGlaciar Francisco Moreno described under the trek with the same name. Fifteen minutes from the river the trail begins to ascend and after going around a hill the trail turns
- Trekking: 4 hours to the the glacier and 3 hours back.
Also consider the 30 minutes car ride from the start of the dirt road to the beginning of the trek.
The Parque Andino Juncal is located on a private property belonging to the Comunidad Kenrick Lyon. Entrance fee is $5.000 CLP per person per day. Camping is $2.500 CLP per person per day. There is one public bathroom in Los Hornitos, and rudimentary signage. For more information go to Parque Andino Juncal or the Facebook site at https://www.facebook.com/Parqueandinojuncal/.
Visitors are expected practice Leave No Trace principles.
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Ascending the Juncal
- To make an ascent of the Juncal (6.110m. IGM) yo may visit descripción de la ruta en Andeshandbook.
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