How do the National Park hours actually work in Chile?

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1. Posted by mikefinleyco (Budding Member 7 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

In Chile, Open and closing hours for national parks are difficult to find, but for those that I have found for instance the parks along the Carretera Austral and further south -

Parque Nacional Queulat 8:30am-5:30pm
Torres del Paine 7am-10pm
Parque Nacional Vicente PĂ©rez Rosales 9am-6pm

What do the hours actually mean? We like to be on the hiking trail early. Are there gates blocking the road? If you arrive before the opening time do you self-pay and drive in or do you have to wait for a ranger to open a gate and let you in?

We like to hike later also. Being out of the park at 6pm when sunset isn't until 9pm seems strange. Do you have to time your hikes to make sure you are back at the gate before closing? Or can you drive out of the park after closing time?

Thank you!
Mike

2. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1290 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

I see no one has answered your question. I don't travel to South America so can't give a good answer, but I did look at the web site for the Parque Nacional Queulat and was taken to http://www.conaf.cl/parques/parque-nacional-queulat/

This gave quite a bit of information including a contact phone number. It might be easier for you to telephone them and ask your questions. My suspicion is that you can't get in before opening time. If you read the rules on their web site, one is "Observe the trails closing time. Check in at every park ranger station." which indicates that you do have to be out of the park at closing time. The question you might ask is if they have a later closing time when they have a longer day.

Good luck and I hope someone from Chile shows up and answers your question.

3. Posted by mikefinleyco (Budding Member 7 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Thanks Beausoleil,
I emailed CONAF and they replied within a day, unfortunately, somehow they thought I was inquiring in concern for the Rangers getting locked in the park??? They replied that most of the rangers live within the park so its not a problem for them. :)

Think I will try them again, give it another try.

4. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1290 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Quoting mikefinleyco

Thanks Beausoleil,
I emailed CONAF and they replied within a day, unfortunately, somehow they thought I was inquiring in concern for the Rangers getting locked in the park??? They replied that most of the rangers live within the park so its not a problem for them. :)

Think I will try them again, give it another try.

That is pretty funny. I wonder why they thought you were so concerned?

I hope you get your answer, but from their web page, it sounds like they observe the hours and you will have to observe them too.

Good luck. Let us know what you hear.