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Camping Los Algarrobos

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General

  • Small, friendly site 15 minutes' drive from the town of Pica
  • Half an hour's drive from the Pampa de Tamarugal National Reserve
  • Shaded outdoor cooking and leisure facilities

Ah, the outdoor life… camping out under the stars, cooking your meals on the barbecue, eating out in the fresh air… at Camping Los Algarrobos pretty much everything happens out in the great outdoors. You don’t really have to fear rainfall over here in the Atacama Desert, as it’s officially the planet’s driest non-polar desert.

Obviously it would something of an error to attempt to conduct your desert life in full sunshine, so accordingly the site owners have made sure there’s plenty of shade around, covering everything from cooking facilities to games areas.

There’s a sociable vibe throughout the site as guests gather to cook on the barbecues, eat at long wooden tables and then share in the fun of washing up. After you’ve eaten (or for a long siesta) the shaded lounge area is the place to be – relax on a comfy chair or challenge your fellow guests to a game of pool, table football or billiards.

The outdoor swimming pool provides another good place to cool off from the desert heat, and there’s a terrace around it with sun loungers where you can relax (in the sun or the shade) after your dip.

Alfresco life is great, but most guests tend to appreciate an indoor toilet, and so the bathrooms here have an indoor/outdoor mix of facilities that allows you to clean your teeth in the open air but have a little undercover privacy for toilets, showers and baby bath facilities.

The climate may be desert-like but you’re not stranded from civilisation here. 15 minutes away is the oasis town of Pica, where you can buy food in the supermarkets or eat out in a range of restaurants.

Open all year

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Features

Leisure on park

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Playground

Recreation room/arcade

Takeout

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on park

Bath available

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Laundromat

Parent & baby washroom

Payphone

Pick-up from public transport

Restrooms

Shower available

Washing-up area

Wheelchair access

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Dump station

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Touring and motorhomes

Tourer storage facilities

Rules

Barbecue grills allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Peaceful

Nearby leisure

Restaurant nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transportation nearby

Type

Tiny (1-10 sites)

Location

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  • Valparaiso 447, La Huayca, Tamarugal, Chile, 1100000
  • Timezone America/Santiago -0400 (GMT-04:00)   GPS 20.4312°S 69.5599°W

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Local attractions

A good place to start your exploration of this desert landscape is at the Pampa de Tamarugal National Reserve, half an hour away, where you can see the stark difference between the dry desert and the artifically planted forests. Look out for the Precolumbian geoglyphs around the park – there are 350 of them in total, depicting men, animals and abstract figures.

Pica, 15 minutes’ drive away, is famed for its natural hot springs, where you can have a mud treatment before wallowing in the waters, which reach around 30ºC. If you’ve brought kids with you, leave time to look around the huge statues at the Dinosaur Valley exhibit as well.

Half an hour from the site is the Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works, an atmospheric ‘ghost town’ that was previously one of the region’s largest mining settlements. The place was abandoned in 1960 and left to rack and ruin but has since been declared a national monument and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s an eerie but memorable experience to walk around the abandoned workers’ quarters, railway and other buildings such as the swimming pool and theatre.

Perhaps surprisingly for the driest place on earth, you can easily escape to the seaside with an hour or so’s drive. Head to the beaches of Iquique for a swim or take a boat trip out from the harbour to see if you can spot sealions, penguins, pelicans and maybe a pod of dolphins if you’re lucky.

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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

Admission
Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.
All guests spending the night at the park must present their ID at the reception desk and sign registration forms.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.

General
Discount cards and gift vouchers cannot be applied to bookings made via Pitchup.com.

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leashes and supervised at all times.

Safety
Firearms are not permitted.

Dogs
Guide dogs are allowed on site free of charge.

General
In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.

Vehicles
Only one car is to be parked at the site. Extra vehicles must be parked in the designated area.

Pool
Only park guests are authorized to use the pool.

General
Quiet hours must be respected between 1:30 a.m. and 8 a.m..
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and trunks must be closed quietly.

Reception
Reception is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. between 01/01 and 31/12.

Pool
Swimsuits are required and cut-offs or Bermuda shorts are not permitted.

Vehicles
The car is only included in the rate if you are travelling with a camper, trailer tent or tent. If you wish to bring a car along with your motorhome/RV, please select the extra.

Pool
The outdoor swimming pool is open between 01/01 and 31/12 (subject to weather conditions).

Dogs
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act.
The site only allows dogs up to 4kg.

Sites
Units should not be left unoccupied unless previously agreed with the management. Please speak to reception when the need arises, a fee may be charged for unsupervised units.

Arrivals and departures
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Admission
Unsupervised minors must have a letter of authorization from their parents or legal guardian.

Visitors
Visitors must register at reception and pay their fee.

Sites
You must follow management instructions when setting up your tent/rig and related equipment.

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