Outdoor Activities in Chile

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Horseback Riding in Chile
Horseback Riding in Chile

Chile is a country blessed by nature both with the ocean and glaciers, mountains, rivers, and wonderful forests.

Most of the top outdoor activities in Chile are all linked to nature and not just sporting events. Some of the most popular recreational outdoor activities in Chile include Trekking, Climbing, Hiking, Water activities, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Eco tours and much more…

Outdoor Activities in Chile

Climbing in Chile

For the true adventurers, Chile has several volcanic peaks to climb if you find that trekking is just not cutting it. Two of the most popular destinations are Lake District’s Volcán Villarrica and Volcán Osorno. Guides are required for climbing and, of course, you will also need to bring or hire your own climbing gear.

Cajón del Maipo Chile

Cajón del Maipo, Santiago Metropolitan Region
Activities: Trekking, Hiking, Swimming, Camping, Biking, Horseback Riding, Kayaking, White Water Rafting, Eco-Tourism and more

Horseback Riding in Chile

Horseback riding and other equestrian sports are also available in Chile. Guided trips are available in the national parks and you can ride the trail alone if you want to. Chile’s wine valleys also offer horseback riding packages for those who want to take in the hillside vineyards. For those who are keen or horse-racing you can plan your visit in January or October for the main races of the year which are the Derby, held in Viña del Mar, and the el Ensayo, held in Santiago, respectively.

Trekking in Chile

There are plenty of places to go to and enjoy nature in. Trails vary from easy day trails for beginners on guided tours to advanced trails for the serious trekkers, there is something for every level. The most popular region for trekking in Chile is the Lake District found south of Santiago where some of the most famous parks can be visited. There tourists will be surrounded by forests, waterfall, glaciers, fjords, and volcanic peaks. Individual trekkers are allowed in most parks in Chile but are required to register with the local rangers or at the nearest Corporación Nacional Forestal Office.

Cajón del Maipo Chile

Cajón del Maipo, Santiago Metropolitan Region
Activities: Trekking, Hiking, Swimming, Camping, Biking, Horseback Riding, Kayaking, White Water Rafting, Eco-Tourism and more

Fishing in Chile

You can go fishing in any of the lakes scattered all over Chile though undoubtedly the top fishing spots are found in Lake District and in Patagonia in the southern part of Chile. For trout fishing you might also want to try the lakes near Puerto Montt.

Watersports in Chile

Waters-ports enthusiasts, there is no shortage of water-sports available. You can of course go swimming, boating, water-skiing, surfing, hydrospeeding and even whitewater rafting. Chile’s surfing capital is Pichilemu where international contests are held every year. For those interested in whitewater rafting, the best rivers are Maipo, Claro, Trancura and Bio-Bio. The water is much warmer in Northern Chile than in Central and Southern Chile, so keep that in mind when planning your activities.

Skiing in Chile

For those who love the cold, Chile has some of the best slopes to offer. Ski season in Chile runs from June to September. So if you can’t wait for winter in your country then you can go to Chile and chill out. Santiago is host to several well known ski resorts. A popular ski resort is Portillo and is considered a world-class ski resort.

Surfing in Chile

If you are planning on surfing in Chile, the north and central regions offer the best options. The water temperatures vary greatly as you move from the northern region to the south so you’ll need to have a wetsuit depending on where you decide to surf. One of the more popular surf towns is Pichilemu, a small community 3 hours from Santiago. Pichilemu has been home to many professional surf championships.. Whether you are just a beginner or an expert, there are so many great places to surf.