While it is still unclear when international travel will fully resume, travelers are showing an increased interest in remote destinations for their future travels. Places off the beaten path, where crowds can easily be avoided and social distancing becomes something natural.
Chile’s South is the perfect place for those searching for less touristed destinations and wide-open spaces for their next vacation. Vast untouched landscapes, scenic nature, lakes, rivers, fjords and glaciers and endless opportunities for outdoor exploration like hiking, cycling or kayaking.
If you are searching a remote destination for your first post-pandemic getaway, these 5 trips are definitely worth taking a look at.
Torres del Paine O-Circuit
The Torres del Paine O-Circuit is a trail along the wild and untamed areas of Torres del Paine National Park. It is an epic adventure for motivated trekkers interested in a challenging hiking experience.
You will camp in remote areas and hike more than 62 miles / 100 km in total, continually accompanied by granite mountains, countless glaciers, untamed weather, otherworldly lakes and spectacular views of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field.
Cycling Adventure in Chile´s Lake District
Chile’s Lake District is composed of a magical landscape filled with snow-capped volcanoes, turquoise rivers and blue lakes. One of the best ways to explore this beautiful region is on a bike.
Enjoy breathtaking views of volcanoes, ride along beautiful rivers and lakes while tasting great and healthy chilean food, mostly prepared with local ingredients, and enjoying the best chilean wines. As a plus, there will be plenty of opportunities to relax after your ride: some hotels feature hot tubs, spa facilities and one day you will visit some beautiful hot springs.
Sea Kayaking in Pumalin Park
Pumalin park is a unique conservation project in Northern Patagonia initiated in in the early 1990’s by Douglas Tompkins. This area is characterized by incredible fjords, native rain forest and granite peaks falling into the Pacific.
The remote Patagonian wilderness of Pumalin can be best explored during a kayaking trip, paddling in the water along breathtaking landscapes. Nights will be spent in campsites where you can relax from your efforts in thermal pools and hot springs, enjoying pisco sours and gorgeous sunsets.
Mapu Lahual Community Trek
The Mapu Lahual trekking route is still one of Chile’s best kept secrets! “Mapu Lahual” which forms part of the Network of Indigenous Parks is located on the coastline of Chile’s Lake District. The trekking route leads hikers through larch and temperate rainforests and along beautiful rivers and pristine beaches.
Accommodation during this hike is at the home of local Mapuche families and you will get an authentic inside into the daily life of the people that live in this area and learn about their ancestors’ culture and traditions.
Dientes de Navarino Circuit
The Dientes de Navarino Trek is the world’s southernmost trekking route. The trek takes you off the beaten track, away from the crowds, to a remote destination visited by very few fellow hikers.
Experience the wild Chile, far away from civilization, while trekking along the jagged and teeth-like looking peaks of the Dientes de Navarino Massif, over vast snowfields, through beautiful beech forests and mountain valleys.