The park is located 30 km north of Chañaral and 180 km north of Copiapó. 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.
The park can be reached most conveniently from Chañaral.
- Take C-120 route that goes from Chañaral to Park’s Management office (17.9 miles).
- Route 5 – Panamerican Highway at km 1014, at Las Bombas, you can reach it through a secondary
A small gravel road leads along the ocean to the park, passing Playa Amarilla (yellow beach) and Playa Blanca (white beach) on the way. Many cactus species can be observed along the road. Some people make
the tour by bicycle and spend the night at Caleta Pan de Azúcar or camp on the mountains (the night can get uncomfortably cold because of the mis