A few of my friends asked me where the best places to hike in Chile are. Well, I got a few names to give. But first, let me give you a little about this location.
Of all the places I have traveled, Chile is among the few that I could not forget. It has one of the nicest sceneries. The groves of trees and the lush display of nature always make me itching to go back there.
One more thing, you will be embraced by the warmth of the hospitality of the people there. If they know that you are a foreigner, they will accommodate you like you are some sort of envoy.
However, if there is one thing that you should experience in Chile, it would be hiking. For me, there are only a few places in the world that could match the majestic hiking sites in Chile.
Among the hikes that I did, these places certainly amazed me. So if you are planning to go to the “Land of the Poets,” you should go hike one or two of these spots.
The Best Places to Hike In Chile
Torres Del Paine (Full Circuit)
One of the good things about Chile is its friendly climate. Even if the rest of the Northern is already freezing, this place remains humid and calm. This favorable condition was first introduced to me by the Torres Del Paine last 2009.
If you are looking for a plethora of scenery that can stun you, hike this place. It is a mixture of different environment – glaciers, rivers, lakes, and forests. Moreover, its full-circuit will let you traverse the Los Perros River, John Gardner Pass, and the Dickson Lake. The travel time will take around nine days. But I can guarantee that it is all worth the effort.
The trek may not be as simple as it seems. However, it would not make you regret doing it. Even in the world today, Torres Del Paine still ranks as one of the best hiking sites.
Torres Del Paine (W Trek)
If you want to experience Torres Del Paine in a different style, then you should go to its “W Trek.” This trek is ideal for those people that don’t have time, money, or enthusiasm to deal with the arduous “full circuit.” However, you should not worry about the quality of this trek.
If you hike this route, you will witness the majestic view of “The Towers.” Of course, you will also pass the Glacier Grey, Paine Massif, and Los Cuernos.
The “W Trek” will give you the same amazement as you could experience in the Full Circuit. I tried this route once when I visited the Torres del Paine in the same year again. By then, I proved that the tale about this place is not a myth at all.
Reserva Nacional Radal Siete Tazas
You have to do a little training before going to the Reserva Nacional Radal Siete Tazas. I bit underestimated the hike I did there last 2011. It somehow resulted in a week of an ankle sprain. Luckily, I was still able to grasp the grandeur of the place despite my aching feet.
This place is on the ends of the upper basin of the Rio Claro River. It has a sophisticated setting, which can make you think that you are dwelling on an alien environment. The Reserva Nacional Radal Siete Tazas is a combination of Mediterranean vegetation to the north and groves of towering forests on the south.
Although it has a challenging trail, the weather is all friendly. Just bring with you the right hiking gears, and you are ready to go!
Rio Cochamo Valley
Nothing can scrape the Rio Cochamo Valley on this list. I reached this place on 2014 due to a suggestion of a fellow hiker I met in Torres del Paine. At first, I was not sure if it was a worthy journey. First, I know very well I have a truncating budget that time. Second, it is 894 kilometers from Santiago, the capital of Chile. It was really far.
Good thing, I made that excursion. Or else, I would still be regretting up to now. It contains the penchants for hiking enthusiasts. It has stunning sets of granite domes that stand within a blanket of forest. The forest houses to some massive Alerce trees and green canopies.
I also discovered that the water of the Fjord Estero de Reloncavi comes from the glacial waters of Rio Cochamo Valley. At this time, I am not wondering anymore why this place is dubbed as the Chilean Yosemite. It is like you are dwelling on some raw, untapped paradise here on Earth.
These four places are some of my suggested spots for hiking in Chile. They are certainly among the best places to hike in Chile. However, if you are looking for excellent routes to trek in the country, I have a separate list for that.
Every year, I am trying to go back to Chile to discover other potential hiking spots there. This is because I want to showcase the beauty of this area. For me, Chile deserves more tourist recognition than it has right now.
Next time, I will visit this country to conquer the Parque Nacional Conguillio. I have heard that this place is the nest of Volcan Laima, one of the most active volcanoes in Chile.
By that time, I will update this list for you. For now, I recommend that you should visit any of these places!
Louise is the founder of TheAdventureLand, where she and her associates blog about Outdoor experiences, tips & tricks that will help you have an exciting adventure. She is also a tour guide of travel company where she learned many things about wilderness. “Let’s pack our bags and explore the world!”