Getting There & Away
It's easy to get lost on your way to the national park and there is no public transportation, so we recommend taking a tour from Copiapó. If you do decide to attempt it by car, a high-clearance 4WD is highly recommended, as well as a satellite phone and a really good map.
Sector Laguna Santa Rosa is 146km east of Copiapó via Ruta 31 and another (nameless) road up the scenic Quebrada de Paipote. Sector Laguna del Negro Francisco is another 81km south via a rambling road that drops into the Río Astaburuaga valley.