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GPT02 - Mina El Teniente

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Estero Coyanco, Cajón del Maipo, beginning of the trek. Photo: Club Andino Patagónico Elal

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Summary (editar)
Activity Trekking
Location Chile, Rancagua
Scenery Mediana
Atractions Vistas panorámicas
Duration días
"Días" no está en la lista de valores posibles (3 horas o menos, 1/2 día, 3/4 día, 1 día, 1 día y medio, 2 días, 3 días, 4 días, 5 días, 3 - 5 días, 6 - 7 días, 8 - 10 días, 11 - 14 días, 15 - 20 días, 20 - 25 días, 26 - 35 días, 36 - 60 días, 61 - 89 días, más de 90 días) para esta propiedad.
Trail Siempre Claro
Signage Inexistente
Infraestructure Inexistente
Topology Cruce
Gain/Loss (meters) +5146, -5383
Distance (k) 100.7
Skills No requiere
Original creator Jan Dudeck
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Recent Alerts and Suggestions

  • 2019-Nov-28 / Family Size

The campground Estero Coyanco (S 33° 40.950', W 070° 20.779') seams to be only open on weekends? One can walk around the closed gate and a person in the campground allowed me to sleep there on a weekday. There would be a small shop, food places and toilets. I stayed up the valley close to S 33° 40.950', W 070° 20.779'.

There was a dead goat further up in the water.

  • 2018-Dec-20 / Martin Lizondo / Regular Route Southbound

A lot of water capacity is required. Last water source at Estero Bodegua (S34° 00.894' W70° 25.507'). Avoid the route near puesto at S34° 04.633' W70° 30.757' because the pass is forbidden. Instead, keep following the track high off trail.

Season Section Log

Greater Patagonian Trail, section 2
Greater Patagonian Trail, section 2
  • 2020-Nov 7 / Fran & Rodri

We walked GPT02 in five days, at first, we wanted to start from Reserva Río Clarillo but it was impossible. The guards of Conaf didn't even try to listen to us, they just said "you can't pass", so we try the alternative across the river and after 5km, they caught us, it's a natural private reserve and closed for public ( more strict than conaf) so they kick us out. Finally we start in the regular route in "El Melocotón".

The entrances it's a private turism property, once inside, you have 2 alternatives, we took the regular because of the water but we had to pay 5.000 pesos each.

Then we walk in and the problems dissapear. in the beggining the water spots are between 7km aprox so be carefull with that.

In the second day we have a lot of river crossing but it was easy. A lot of sun.

At the end of the route we took the emergency exit 1 in the "MinaTeniente" of course its a super private zone, but they were very friendly, make us a lot of questions, our personal details and they took us to the end of the privete zone. Then we walk 5km and arrive to Coya.

In town there is a very good place to eat called "bar catan" (delicious and cheap), and pass the night in "Hostal el ensueño" (15.000 each).

  • 2019-Nov-24 / Matus & Anna

We walked GPT02 five days. Including 2 nero days. Again a really hot section, but there is enough water till Estero Codegua. Marked source before mine (water last 25km) is still flowing. Not much, but flowing. After that you won't find any. Trail is in good condition, in few undefines spots just follow gps. We took last optional trail to the left to meet road to Coya, trail was bit overgrown but doable, then we took a regular trail to Coya which is gravel. Shortly after first emergency exit in mine, where is trail cutting a mine property, they are building a high fence that won't be easy to jump. In Coya we are staying in Tu Casita for 20k including dinner. So far it's nice. Ressuplying is good here, we found everything that we needed.

  • 2019-Nov-16 / Martina & Ivo / Regular route southbound

It took us 4 days to walk this section. Trails are in good condition. There is practically no snow left and water levels are low. We took the third Emergency Exit in the mine, so we don't know about the last 10 km. The mine's Security Officer wasn't very pleased to drive us out of the mine. In Coya we found accommodation and resupply tiendas. You can also take the bus to Rancagua which runs every full hour.

  • 2019-Nov- 14 / Ty & America / SOBO.

•We camped on Reserva Coyanco for 5000 pesos and sweet spots right next to the river. We took a taxi straight there from the city center of Santiago for 25,000. I just saw on the television that the metro is back up to Puente Alto as well.....so that’s cool. •We also took the first emergency exit when arriving at Mina Teniente. Everybody was SUPER friendly. They even gave us a free ride to Machali for Resupply (Isabel supermarket). •After water at the bridge over Estero Codegua, water is pretty much non existent. Nobody was at the puesto, and the next water source was still and dense with tad poles (definitely not ideal)....and probably won’t last for much longer. •There was some just recently passable areas near the top of the pass, but pretty easy to get by! Prefect timing 👌

Summary Table

GPT02: Mina El Teniente
GPT02: Mina El Teniente Hiking Packrafting
Group A: Precordillera Total 105.8 km ' - '
Region Chile: Metropolitano (V) & O'Higgins (VI) Trails (TL) 49.8 km 47.0% - -
Start El Melocotón Minor Roads (MR) 44.4 km 42.0% - -
Finish Coya Primary Roads (PR) 4.6 km 4.4% - -
Status Published & Verified Cross-Country (CC) 5.9 km 5.6% - -
Traversable Dec - Mar (Maybe: Nov, Apr) Bush-Bashing (BB) 1.1 km 1.0% - -
Packraft Only Burden Ferry (FY) - - - -
Connects to GPT01, GPT03 Investigation (I) (0.7 km) (0.6%) - -
Options 41 km (Variants Only) Exploration (EXP) - - - -
Hiking Packrafting Total on Water - -
Attraction 2 (of 5) - River (RI) - -
Difficulty 3 (of 5) - Lake (LK) - -
Direction Both ↓↑ - Fjord (FJ) - -
Comment -
Character Semi-Desert, Alpine Terrain, Mountain Pastures, Mining, Arrieros
Challenges Exposure to Elements, Clambering, Demanding Navigation, Lack of Drinking Water, Resupply Distance, Right-of-Way Disputes

Satellite Image Map

Elevation Profile

Elevation Profile of Regular Hiking Route (2019)

Section Planning Status

Recommended Travel Period

Benefits of Hiking and Packrafting

Recommended Travel Direction

Section Length and Travel Duration

Suitable Section Combinations

Section Attractiveness

Section Difficulty


Resupply Town

Shopping: Food

Shopping: Fuel

Shopping: Equipment

Services: Restaurants

Services: Laundry

Services: ATM and Money Exchange

Accommodation: Hostals and Hotels

Accommodation: Cabañas

Accommodation: Camping

Transport: Ground Transport

Transport: Ferries

Transport: Shipping Services

Resupply on the Trail

Location, Names, Available Items and Services

Access to Route and Return

Access to Start

Return from Finish

Escape Options

Permits, Entry Fees and Right-of-Way Issues

Regular Route

Regular Hiking Route

Regular Packrafting Route

Optional Routes

Investigations and Explorations

Links to other Resources

Alerts and Logs of Past Seasons