The protected area, within the CONAF compound, has lovely camping sites, surrounded by native trees, well apart from each other and equipped with a rustic table, two benches and a water tap. A block with communal hot showers, toilets and power outlets is within a convenient distance from all sites. Firewood is free from the rangers. Price here is $ 14.000 (US$ 25) per site of up to 5 people.
Quietness, controlled access, no dogs nor drunk people allowed, lovely environs with wild bush, streams, walking paths, and a real natural feel (although, of course, I prefer wild camping up in the high valley)
There are 2 campings outside the protected area: one, belonging to CONAF, that charges $ 3000/day (US$ 6) per person in a reasonable camping area, where most people stays. There's a private camping some 300 metres W, charging roughly the same. Both places get crowded in summer weekends, and nobody is admitted when the maximum capacity is reached. If possible, arrive as early as on Thursday.
Reasonably priced campground.
No reservations needed or possible, unless you contact CONAF headquarters in Talca or Santiago, and even so, there is no guarantee of your reservation -or attempt of- is accepted.
Just show up and expect there's room inside.
Hostería La Flor de la Canela has a B&B service or full board, for a price. It is the only traditional lodging place in Parque Inglés, and has satellite TV, hot showers, shared bathroom, and discounts in restaurant fares for guests.
We didn't stayed, but gathered information about the place, and checked the facilities.
The only "traditional" hotel/pension in Parque Inglés other than campings.
If you want to stay between four walls this is THE place to go.
Although it cannot be compared with any other accomodation in the area, it is expensive by Chilean standards for this kind of accomodation.
Nevertheless, if you can pay for it, go ahead.
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