Things to do in Chile

Things to do in Chile


Our top activities in Chile

Enjoying the end of the world

Patagonia provides a setting to stir the heart of adrenaline-loving adventurers and soulful wilderness lovers alike. Think calving glaciers, penguin-peppered ice fields, and remote island expeditions across waters breached by giant blue whales. There are gorgeously empty landscapes stalked discreetly by puma, plus snow-capped peaks and alpine valleys patrolled from above by graceful condors. Imposing volcanoes jostle with fjords more wild than any in Norway.
But don't think of it as a harsh land. Patagonia is big on southern hospitality and cosy lodges too, serving up delicious meals and full-bodied wines to warm your cockles and up the recharge levels after a brilliant day's exploration.
Don't rush either. Patagonia is big but that just means you have a chance to take your time getting beneath the skin of its wild beauty. Hiking is one of the best ways to appreciate its epic scale and unforgettable ambience, whether a single day at a time or multi-day treks. Discover a land beneath your feet – and at the end of the world.

Atacama

The world's driest and oldest desert occupies 1,000km plateau of northern highland – though sometimes rains in September/October create a stunning carpet of desert blooms in its southern section. Atacama feels other-worldly – literally for NASA, who trialled both Mars and Moon missions here. Its beauty is other-worldly beauty too – salt flats and emerald lakes, ancient lava fields and snow-capped 6,000m peaks. Mining once brought prosperity, though today its memory is embodied evocatively by dozens of ghost towns that contrast with the buzz on the dusty streets and adobe houses of gateway town San Pedro de Atacama. Atacama also boasts some of the world's clearest skies, making it an astronomy mecca - just gaze up at the galactic light show or visit the observatories at Paranal. Ahlarkapin or Cerro Mamalluca (in the nearby Elqui Valley).

Trekking

Stroll gentle trails in lush Lake District valleys or hit Patagonia's wilderness: the granite towers of Torres del Paine; multi-day treks by glaciers and snowy peaks; off-the-radar treks in Aysén and Tierra del Fuego. But don't ignore forest hikes to the waterfalls of central Chile's Radal Siete Tazas National Park or the volcanic landscape around Nevados de Chillan (with hot springs to ease any aches). Our Chile walking vacations traverse the length of this land.

Mountains & mummies

Chile is an adventure playground worthy of an Indiana Jones blockbuster. Where else offers volcanoes to climb and fjords to kayak. High-altitude desert traverses and white water rafting? Where else has wildlife taking in pumas and penguins? And did we mention evocative old mining ghost towns? Or the startling South American mummies of Chinchorro? Whether you do it on horseback, on foot or afloat, Chile is made for adventurers.
Photo credits: [Trekking: Douglas Scortegagna] [Atacama: Nicolas de Camaret]
Rio Futaleufu rafting vacation in Chile

Rio Futaleufu rafting vacation in Chile

Raft deep canyons and pristine wilderness of Patagonia

From US $3600 9 Days ex flights
Tour of Patagonia, El Calafate & Torres del Paine

Tour of Patagonia, El Calafate & Torres del Paine

Patagonia's best - Torres del Paine and Perito Moreno Glacier.

From US $620 5 Days ex flights
Small group adventure vacation to Patagonia

Small group adventure vacation to Patagonia

Explore the spectacular wilderness and mountains of Patagonia

From £3208 21 days ex flights
Torres del Paine tour

Torres del Paine tour

5 day tour in the incredible Torres del Paine National park!

From £1440 5 Days ex flights
Chile adventure vacation

Chile adventure vacation

Chile's best: the Atacama Desert, Lake District and Patagonia

From US $3905 13 Days ex flights
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