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Walking in Chile

A guide to Chile's best walking territory...

Without a doubt Chile has some of the best walking available in South America, mainly due to the fact that the Andes mountain range runs right along its eastern border. From the very South to the very North of the country, there is walking to satisfy all levels and abilities.

Probably the most famous area for walking is Patagonia and the Torres del Paine National Park. With a number of routes within the National Park itself, which can be walked either in sections or in their entirety, this area is a favourite for walking groups and individuals. High mountains, majestic glaciers, turquoise lakes and native forests make for spectacular and varied walking territory. Ranging from easy strolls, to strenuous climbs, there are trails to suit all levels and abilities.

In addition to this, for adventurous walkers, looking to explore the less trodden path, then the numerous national parks of The Lake District and Chiloé will satisfy even the most intrepid of walkers. It’s possible to climb to the craters of volcanoes such as Villarrica and Osorno, for example, and with plenty to explore along the coast and towards the Andes, the sheer scale and tranquillity of this area makes it one of the best areas for walking.

As most heading to Chile for a walking holiday will want to head South, it’s important to consider the best times of year to do this. The weather is warmer and there is less chance of rain in Chile’s summer months of November through to the end of February. However, in our experience, these are also the busiest times to visit so the months at either end, such as September, October, March and April can be great times to go walking as there are fewer people and the strong Patagonian winds will have died down. Take a look at our When to go section for more information.

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    At a glance…Chile

  • Population: 17 million+
  • Location: South America
  • Recommended time to go: 5 to 14 nights
  • Time to visit: November to March
  • Go here for: Walking, nature and wildlife, activities
  • Further reading...

  • › Where to go
  • › The "W" Trek Torres del Paine
  • › Chile Honeymoons
  • Our Top Five Walking Hotels in Chile:

    1. Hotel Cumbres Patagonicas - Location

      Hotel Cumbres Patagonicas

      Opened in June 2009, the Cumbres Patagonicas has really set new standards for the accommodation in and around Puerto Varas. One of the four Cumbres hotels in Chile, hotel Cumbres Puerto Varas is for sure one of the most stylish and upmarket properties with around 90 rooms and a whole swathe of... More...

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    2. EcoCamp Patagonia - Location

      EcoCamp Patagonia

      Located on the ridge that overlooks the Hotel las Torres, the ecocamp is a quirky and interesting property to stay in while visiting this stunning park. Each of the domed rooms offers a warm and intimate place to escape from the ravages of the Patagonian weather and the perfect base to use while... More...

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    3. Explora Patagonia - Vista

      Explora Patagonia

      Once the only option in and around the Torres del Paine, the Explora has long led the way in this area as far as views, service, food, accommodation, activities, guiding, facilities…etc, etc goes! Today, however, with the arrival of the Tierra and Awasi properties, the crown has been wobbling a... More...

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    4. Hotel Las Torres - Location

      Hotel Las Torres

      As with the handful of hotels that have the privilege of being inside the National Park, Hotel las Torres has a superb location, right at the foot of the Torres themselves. On top of being inside of the park the Hotel las Torres benefits from being the only hotel to own land inside the park,... More...

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    5. Casa Kalfu - Property

      Casa Kalfu

      Featured in The Lonely planet and one of a favourites in a certain accommodation review websites, Kalfu is certainly a decent choice for those with a limited budget in mind who don’t want to compromise on character or hospitality. These points make this property stand out in our opinion.

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