Recently 8 routes have been developed in the Santuario de la Naturaleza in El Arrayan, Lo Barnechea, Santiago. They range from 8m to 20m in height and the grades are probably from 5.7 - 5.11. Right now these routes need to see some repeats so that we can come to concensus on the grades. (Chilean grades use the Yosemite Decimal System but, to this old gringo, seem very stiff). These are really fun routes on good rock with excellent protection.
Getting there: From Plaza San Enrique in Lo Barnechea turn onto Pastor Fernandez heading past the Roy Roy grocery store (last chance for wine and beer). Cross a bridge and then take a left turn onto Camino El Cajon. You should see a sign for the Santuario de la Naturaleza. Drive for about 5 km until the paved road turns to dirt. Drive another 1 km until you reach the gate of the Santuario, $2.000 per person, sorry! Drive about two km into the Santuario until you get to the picnic areas (see map).
If you don't have a car you can catch a colectivo at Plaza San Enrique and
for $400 they will take you to the end of the paved road. For an extra $400
per car, not per person, they will drive you to the gate of the Santuario.
Once at the picnic areas, stay left, (do not cross the bridge) and walk through the last picnic area onto a path by the Estero el Arrayan. After about 200 meters the path comes out at the base of the lower cliff. To get to the upper cliff walk past the left side of the lower cliff and up the hill along a path for about 3 minutes. You will see the bolted climbs on your right. Be careful with rockfall up here - there are probably bathers in the estero below!!
Lower Cliff (from left to right):
Upper Cliff: (from right to left)
It seems like there is potential for 2 or 3 more climbs here. So pack up the charcoal, filete, vino and climbing gear and make a day of it! Please contact Rick Vezzoli email@example.com if you have comments or suggestions - especially about grading.