If you are in search of mountains and adventure for your next holiday, you cannot go wrong with a Chile vacation. Top destinations include Pucon, Puerto Varas, and Puerto Natales. All three destinations are highly recommended by experts in Chile tours.
Geography of Chile
One of Chile’s most distinctive features is its geography. The shape of green bean – long, skinny, and somewhat bumpy – seems a fair comparison. The bumps are the Andes Mountains, which run alongside the entire eastern edge of Chile from the island of Tierra del Fuego in the far south to the tri-border with Bolivia and Argentina in the far north. Not surprisingly then, some of Chile’s best adventure destinations are in the mountain. For your next Chile vacation, consider these three.
Starting in the south there is Puerto Natales, a charming town that serves as a base for Torres del Paine tours. Due to its southern latitude, the town is can be chilly even during the summer, but it is constantly abuzz with the excitement of trekkers going to and returning from the national park. Indeed, Puerto Natales has all the amenities necessary for relaxation-seeking travelers to treat themselves either before or after a tour, or both! Great restaurants, fine hotels and spas, and amazing vistas make this a great place to indulge after some hard work in Chile’s mountains. Day tours available from Puerto Natales include visits to glacier, kayaking, hiking, and more.
Puerto Varas is another magnet for nature-loving travelers. Once again, the Andes serve as a backdrop for all kinds of adventure. Set on the shores of Lake Llanaquihue and boasting views of the conical Osorno Volcano, the town’s setting is tranquil enough, almost belying the range of activities possible if you venture beyond the quiet streets. Water sports, fly fishing in particular, are a popular activity in the summer months. The foothills invite trekkers to discover hidden groves and waterfalls. Another Puerto Varas tour option is the Lake Crossing, which takes travelers over high mountain passes and into Argentina.
A few hours north of Puerto Varas is Pucon. It’s a year-round destination for adrenaline-seeking travelers. Surrounded by national parks, volcanos, and lakes, Pucon takes full advantage of its natural features to offer travelers an endless range of activities. These include zip lining, kayaking, white water rafting, water skiing in the summer, and snow skiing in the winter. Mountain climbers can also attempt the ascent to Villarica Volcano which rises to 9,341 feet above sea level.
Any of these Chile travel destinations can be paired with travel to Santiago. Lastly, the capital city is nestled into the Andes and provides a myriad of options for day tours as well.