RV Parking & Campground Parque Las Varas | Established Campground

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Details

Verified:
5 months ago
Altitude:
1127.8 masl
Website:
None
Phone:
+56 9 9 437 8703
Contributor:
geylertsesc

Amenities

Electricity:
Yes - At Sites
Wifi:
Yes - Average
Kitchen:
Yes
Restaurant:
No
Showers:
Hot
Water:
Potable
Toilets:
Running Water
Big Rig Friendly:
Yes
Tent Friendly:
Yes
Pet Friendly:
Yes
Sanitation Dump Station:
Yes

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Description

On the road to the ski resorts upwards of Santiago. Follow the sign 'Campground Parque Las Varas‘.
"Las Varas" park entrance -33.370404, -70.466125
"Las Varas Campground" -33.37689, -70.46875

Whatsapp Gert: +56 9 9437 8703

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nice place with hot shower and good WiFi. The contact with Gert was very good. Before you arrive, be sure to register with Gert via WhatsApp. The road up is a bit adventurous but doable when it's dry. It's about 30km to the city, with a taxi costing $25 per ride. The sightseeing flight with Gert is highly recommended.

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Great place, $15k
Warm shower, kitchen area
Bit steep off-road
Guy is super kind and helpful!

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Everything was ok at this campsite. It was a little bit hard to find but If you follow the signs you will find It easely. Press the button on the pole 10 meters left before the second gate and you will get acces. Nice hot shower in the morning and big shower/toilet rooms. Water and electricity on the pitch. We were there for 2 days and were even able to do a flight above the camping with a Cessna 1 prop aircraft. Our contact was Gert and hè is really the most nice person you can meet. We give this campsite a 10 out of 10.

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Great campsite, hot showers, fast internet. Maybe the best camping around Santiago. Matthias is a great host.

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Mooie camping op 1100m hoogte. Prima warme douche, toilet en afwas

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Great campsite! Don’t follow Google maps, look for the signs from the road as other people have mentioned. Well worth finding, host is super helpful, hot showers, sinks, everything you need. Plus a beautiful view!

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As per previous posters - a great campsite just outside Santiago. The big update is that there is now Wi-Fi!!

Easy to find off the road to Farellones, then a few km up a dirt road.

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Owner updates that despite good signal with all cell providers, wifi was implemented; the connection is signposted in the toilets. Also a project is on the way to stabilize the electricity's quality.
To access it is encouraged to contact the given cell.

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Very quiet and safe place, we like to stay here. We stayed here for 2 nights, he charges $17.50 per night general rate for the car. there is no Wi-Fi and the electricity is very weak

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A really nice place to stay: great views, a bit remote (quiet + we were almost alone there), a lot of space, clean bathrooms and hot showers. Communication via whatsapp worked very well, I never had to wait longer than a couple of minutes for the answear and Gerd was really helpful when we needed anything. Only wifi would be a plus.

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Great campsite. No flat camp spots , timeconsuming to find something somewhat straight. Tiny bit of shade. Toilet/shower facilities basic, It seemed it was not cleaned for months so we spent 2 hours cleaning ourselves. Nice area with kitchen counter and sinks for doing dishes. Unlimited HOT water. Safe, super quiet at night. Love this place for some downtime in the mountains. Amazing views and sunsets. Loads of privacy and barely anyone around. PERFECT Laundry service available by Esther.
Bit weird neighbourhood where people seem to be bothered if you take a walk on the public road or take photos. One time some guys came with a BB-gun because we were taking sunset pictures with our drone. Be careful.

Payment only in € through PayPal: price is €18 per night. Definitely worth it for what you get! Especially compared to the camping near the airport, don’t go there.

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Please be advised that the given coordinates are the entry of the valley Las Varas, where you leave the main road to the dirt road upwards. From there it's sort of 1,5 km to the electric gate plus 2 km more to the campground itself; it's now also marked in Google Maps:
-33.376594, -70.468794
Dumping is possible at the 12 sites with connections.

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Please be advised that the given coordinates are the entry of the valley Las Varas, where you leave the main road to the dirt road upwards. From there it's sort of 1,5 km to the electric gate plus 2 km more to the campground itself; it's now also marked in Google Maps:
-33.376594, -70.468794

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Best Camping in Santiago! Hot showers, electricity (also Camper Plug ins, if you need), water and even possibilities to get rid of your sewage.

There even is a Taxi service (for example to the city center) and a laundry service for your Laundry - Just ask for it (signs are in the making).

The owner ,Matthias‘ was an overlander himself and knows what we need 😌!

The camping still gets better and better, because they really are open for suggestions for improvement! So if something bothers you, just say it and they will try to improve it!

For example: Soon they will install wifi and plant more plants so that it will be more green.

And don‘t miss to ask for a riding session with a real Gaucho through the Andes! That was an absolutely great experience for us! (You don‘t need to have riding experience, but it is also fun, if you have some).

P.S.: Matthias also has two mechanics (Sebastian & Mauricio) who are working for him, so if you have any problems, or just need a service, just ask for them. The taller also is on iOverlander.

The price for the camping at the moment: 15.000 Pesos per vehicle per night

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Hopefully the coordinates and photos of the correct electric gate complement what was sent in the last comments, with the coordinates must be a conversion problem. The owner is working on better signalling; and please feel free to "cry for help" at the given cell +56 9 9 437 8703, can even give Whatsapp and/or Telegram Locations.
-33.375588, -70.470732

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You get to a closed gate. Not an easy U-turn. Enter the coordinates and you get to the next closed gate. What a way to run your business…. I left for another place.

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As said before 15000 pesos per night, for 2 and a big rigs.
Electricity, water and sanitary block OK.
it was à little bot Tricky to fond the entrance of the "parque las varas", so here after are the coordonnées of the entrance, then follow the instructions given by Wendy and Graham.

-33.370404, -70.466125 park entrance on "Camino à Farrellones".

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We enjoyed 3 nights at this beautiful quiet location. You will probably be tempted to stay here longer. The bathroom has all facilities, it is clean, and there is water and electricity. Control of the shower temperature is tricky but it is hot. Many spaces for several campers. No wifi, but excellent MoviStar signal. Gerd is very helpful and you will get an instant response from him via WhatsApp. We paid 15,000 pesos per day for two people and a camper truck.
Directions: Following the route to the co-ordinates listed**, you will eventually arrive at the entrance to the Parque Las Varas and a gravel road. Keep going up the hill. After about 1.5km, you will arrive at a gate on the left where there is a sign for the Parque. You must announce your arrival at the control post (see photo) to have the gate opened. Gerd will inform you of the access code. A little further up the hill, you will see the camping area on the left.
**We had problems with the iOverlander mapping app. It is best to enter the co-ordinates directly into Google maps or your preferred mapping app.
To Visit Santiago: It’s easy to get to the city centre, although it will take about an hour each way. The taxi driver phone numbers are posted at the campsite ablutions block. We used Alexis and he was excellent. We recommend going by taxi to the nearest Metro station (Manquehue) for which we paid about 14,000 pesos, including a tip, each way. At the Metro station, you must buy a bip! card (only one needed for your group) and then charge it with the number of trips you need. We paid about 5000 pesos total for the card and 4 trips.

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Camping Las varas is a great spot to stay, it might look a bit rough first but it offers everything you need and all that just a few kilometers outside of Santiago for a decent price. It's 15.000CLP per night (two persons +car) but if you stay longer you might be able to negotiate.
There's electricity and water (i guess not potable so bring enough drinking water) on sight, the showers are great (just stick to the instructions mentioned earlier: don't adjust the temperature inside the shower, leave it as hot as possible and use the gas heater outside to set the temperature), toilets are clean and there are facilities to do your dishes.
The only down side in our mind is that there is usually nobody on sight so you need to coordinate your visit a few days before by contacting Gerd (Spanish, English or German) and he will set everything up with Mathias (the actual owner).
Gerd, his lovely wife (btw they also rent campers) and Matthias are all very nice and make you feel welcome immediately.

They informed us that there had been some problems with neighbors playing loud music but they said they sorted it out and we had very calm nights up there.

And in a few years when the trees they planted have grown this place will even get better.

There are also some walking/hiking and biking possibilities or you can take a taxi to town enjoying Santiago (knowing your camper is parked safely).

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At first glance it seems a bit bare, as it’s like an open car park that’s 100% visible from the dirt road. But it has most of what campervans need- electricity, water and shower. For 15K peso per night (same price as a ensuite airbnb room in santiago), it’s more worth it for bigger campers who can’t stay in the city. Showers are hot but you need to turn it off and on to reset the hot water a few times. We were the only campers here for several nights. Nice hiking and a bit of bouldering around the area as well.

Weekdays are ok and peaceful but i would avoid the weekend like plague as the neighbours blast clubbing music 12 hours straight till 2-3 AM in the morning that you can hear in your camper despite having all the windows and doors shut. A bit unfortunate as we were booked in for a big hike in yerba loca on monday(this nonstop party happened on sunday) and during the pandemic you have to prebook some park entrances.

Full or close to full reception on WOM and im sure all other telcos.

Gert (contact point) is very helpful and guided us up from the city.

Update: we finally figured out the shower on the last day. Never mix cold water in - it shuts off the hot. To adjust the water temp, adjust the boiler temperature outside (a few notches towards cold for a good temp) and turn on the shower all the way left (FULL hot). Male shower working. female not as of Sept 2020

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Despite only provisional opening for stranded RVs due to the corona pandemic, functioning was quite acceptable; therefore some infrastucture ítems updated in the description.
Access has to be coordinated via the appended cellphone with Whatsapp, Telegram and standard messaging; english, german and spanish spoken.

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We stayed here for a month during the covid crisis. It's a beautifully quiet site up in the hills with good trekking options nearby, 7kms out of Santiago. The site has room for plenty of camper vehicles, some have electricity and running water, and more being set up all the time. Hot showers available, plus hot water for washing up and laundry. It gets cold in winter as it's on the way to the ski resorts but a good place to stop if you need somewhere secure near Santiago. Friendly locals nearby are able to help with food shopping, MTB rental, taxi rides to town.

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On the way to become an established campground, on the road to the ski resorts upwards of Santiago; already available for RV parking.

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