We stopped at several of the tourist / climbing agencies in town, and this mountain was not offered as an option for a guided climb (& I should add that you would not want a guide for this simple climb). I mention this here because one would need their own transportation or would need to hire a taxi to get here, or possibly one could hitch hike. I'm quite certain that buses do not travel this road. We were in this area for several days and did not see a single bus.
I'll also note here that there are buses which travel to San Pedro de Atacama and there is an airport on the eastern side of town. I did see a bus station, although I never actually saw an airport (which is shown on my map). Speaking of maps, we purchased a map in town from one of the local tourist agencies and it was invaluable. It covers all the way to Calama to the west and beyond the border with Bolivia abd Argentina. It's a topographic map at a scale of 1:350,000 with all the roads, peaks, routes, contours and whatever else you might want. We paid $10 US. It is produced by Technische Universitat Dresden.
Red TapeWell, we actually didn't run into any red tape to climb here, so I think that anyone can climb this peak at any time without problem.
As this climb can easily be done in a day, you might consider camping in town, that is in downtown San Pedro de Atacama. There are campgrounds within the city limits. There is a huge crowd of foreigners using these campgrounds. Although we didn't camp at any of these, I checked one out and it looked pretty nice, with lots of amenities. As I recall, they quoted me a price of $7 per person per night.
The RouteCerro Jorquencal can be climbed easiest from the eastern most slope. There is a gradual rise from the high plains to the summit of Cerro Jorquencal. So, from the lowest point on the eastern side of the mounatin, head west up the long ridge to the summit. Once on top, you'll see two summits, both of which are marked with cairns and large branches. Using my GPS, we found the second summit to be a little higher. You should allow maybe two hours at most to the top, and one can fly down the steep face for their descent on the north side and return back to the high plains.
The mountain / start of the climb sits several kilometers from the main road. We dug ourselves an entrance from the main road onto a 4x4 trail and drove to the base of the mountain.
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Banos de PuritamaI mentioned the hot springs earlier, but I thought I'd add a little more information. We did not actually access the hot springs here, since we did not want to pay the $10 entrance fee, nor did I really care to lay around in a hot spring with a bunch of people. But I've added a link here which seems to have some good information regarding Banos de Puritama.
If you're looking for hot springs that are a little more remote than Banos de Puritama, then go south of the entrance of Banos de Puritama, maybe several miles at most, and you'll see a small parking area along the right side of the road. If you park here and walk down the well worn path to the creek, you'll encounter the overflow from the hot springs. You can access hot pools here and it's free, and it seems to be barely used (no people). This is what we did and it worked great for us, as we hadn't had baths / showers for nearly a week.