Containing jagged Andean peaks carved by the wind, rain and ice, towering snow-capped volcanoes and high Altiplanic salt flats, walking in Chile is one the most diverse countries in the world. Ideal for day walks or longer treks the scenery is stunning, all of the above is punctuated with multi coloured lakes and lagoons making this a photographic dream.
Torres del Paine in the far south of the country has some of the most spectacular walks. The geological mixture of granite and basalt has created climate bent formations that have to be seen to be believed. Its remoteness and lack of lodges inside the national park means the area is not swarming with other travellers.
The Chilean Lake District is a more civilised region, a place where huge volcanoes are surrounded by lakes and forests and small walking trails lead to petrified forests. There is a range of accommodation through the area, but we have always favoured the small wooden cabins on the edge of the lakes in the numerous national parks which allows you to explore easily on your own.
The Atacama region in the far north is one of our favourite areas, difficult to get to it has some spectacular scenery and is ideal for those seeking shorter half day walks or those wanted to walk up a 6,000 metre volcano. The Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley) is a wander to explore, especially at sunset whilst we can also recommend smaller walks through the canyons leading to natural hot springs.
Chile is ideal for those seeking full or half day walks rather than longer treks. It is a country with a diverse range of flora and fauna, snow-capped volcanoes, majestic Andean peaks and strange rock formations.
There is also a superb infrastructure with a range of accommodation to suit all budgets and you can combine days of walking with nights of good food and world class wines
The Atacama Desert is the driest place on earth, offering amazing scenery, numerous activities, and year round good weather. The best base for exploring the Atacama region is the town of San Pedro, made almost entirely of adobe brick – a mix of local mud and straw. The archaeological museum holds an extraordinary collection of artefacts, whilst its streets are lined with indigenous handicraft markets and its outskirts contain ancient ruins and thermal springs.
Chilean Patagonia is one of the remotest and beautiful areas of the world, with lush forests, deep fjords, spectacular shaped mountains and awe inspiring glaciers. Amongst the scenery is an abundance of wildlife including llama, guanaco, rhea, condors and Magellan penguins.
Chile’s southern region is a multitude of lakes and volcanoes and is also home to one of the most remarkable indigenous cultures, the Mapuches, who, for nearly 3 centuries, defended their homeland from the Spanish conquistadors. Of particular interest is the chain of national parks that extends along the Argentine border, with wonderful scenery of lakes, forests and volcanic plateaus.