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The Best Hiking in Chile

Looking for the best hiking in Chile? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Chile. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top hiking spots in and near Chile

  • Guardería Laguna Amarga, Chile

    Backpack Torres Del Paine's "O" Circuit

    70 mi / 3900 ft gain
    The hike can be broken down a few different ways. The first and most popular is "W" (3-5 days), where you will stay on the frontside of the park and experience a lot of foot traffic. The second version of the hike, which will be discussed in detail below, is the "O" (8-10 days), which leads the h...
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  • Torres de Paine, Chile

    Backpack the W Trek in Torres del Paine National Park

    43.5 mi
    The W Trek is a five day, 70k trek through the highlights of Torres del Paine National Park in Chile's Patagonia region. The W is a good alternative for those who don't have the time, or perhaps stamina for the 11-day Paine Circuit Trek. For those up for the Paine Circuit it does include the W po...
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  • Mercedes, Chile

    Hike and Camp in Cerro Castillo

    7.5 mi / 1640.4 ft gain
    Like most places in Patagonia, the adventure begins the moment you decide on your next destination (if you don't have a car). The start of the hike is in Villa Cerro Castillo. However, because the town is barely 2 streets and only one bus stop, you will have to ask the bus driver to stop at this ...
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  • Torres de Paine, Chile

    Hike Mirador Las Torres

    11.2 mi
    This hike is truly awesome, but get ready to climb! You can park at the Hotel Las Torres, then you will see the trailhead right past the hotel, clearly marked. The hike is 11.2miles round trip with 3,000 ft of elevation gain, much of it at the end over rocks.About halfway through the hike, you wi...
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  • Torres de Paine, Chile

    Camp at Lake Pehoé

    This campsite is great as you can be as adventurous or relaxed as you would like. You can choose to bring your own tent, or they offer rentals, as well as fully set-up domes. There is a restaurant on site, as well as a small camp store, and wifi available for purchase. The views from the campsite...
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  • El Lobo, Chile

    Hike in Bosque Encantado (Enchanted Forest) in Patagonia

    2.2 mi / 328.1 ft gain
    To get here: From the nearest town of Puyuhuapi, go to the Southern most point of town and hitchhike along the Carretera Austral. It should be relatively easy as this is the only road drivers can take to leave town and most locals are very generous with rides. Ask to be dropped off at Bosque Enco...
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  • Cisnes, Chile

    Hike to the Hanging Glacier in Parque Nacional Queulat

    2.1 mi / 656.2 ft gain
    Another day, another Patagonian gem waiting to be discovered! Backpacking along the Carretera Austral is perhaps the most magical experience of my life. After having done the trek through Torres Del Paine and Fitz Roy, I thought the best was behind me... until I reached Northern Patagonia. Parque...
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  • Torres de Paine, Chile

    Backpack the 'Q' Circuit in Torres Del Paine

    17.5 mi
    The 'Q' Circuit is simply the 'O' plus the 17.5km section between the Serano Visitors Center and Refugio Paine Grande. To reach Serano Visitors Center simply take the same bus used to do the 'W' or the 'O,' but stay on the bus until the third stop. It may feel strange as half of the people will g...
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  • Pucón, Chile

    Explore Salto del Claro

    0.3 mi / -196.9 ft gain
    Seven kilometers from Pucon, el Salto del Claro can mostly be reached by car.  From the parking lot, a poorly marked trail drops quickly to the base of the waterfall.  From the entrance of the parking lot, cross directly to the other side and follow the trail until you pass through a small wooden...
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  • San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

    Explore Valle de Arcoiris in San Pedro De Atacama

    This is truly the definition of an adult playground. Although it requires a four wheel drive to get to, once you're there, the possibilities are endless. In true desert fashion, there really are no trails, just endless slot canyons to go through, and countess mountains to climb. The area is vast,...
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  • Coyhaique, Chile

    Trek El Cerro Castillo in Patagonia

    27 mi / 4500 ft gain
    El Cerro Castillo trek is usually done from East to West, from Las Horquetas curve on route #7 to Villa Cerro Castillo. The reason behind that is because it is easier to reach Las Horquetas sharp curve than leaving it, but also because the view gradually gets better and better that way. When leav...
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  • Collentane, Chile

    Hike to the Top of Cerro San Sebastian

    8.1 mi / 4101.1 ft gain
    Technically the park does not open until 8:30.  This, however, only means that there is nobody in the office to collect the entrance fee (5,000 CLP for foreigners, 3,000 for Chileans).  Personally, starting after 8:30 is too late for my taste.  The forests of Lenga and Arrayan, with a ground cove...
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  • Natales, Chile

    Camp at Lago Sofia

    1.2 mi
    Lago Sofia is a small lake just about 20 minutes north of Puerto Natales off Route 9 on Y-280. The lake is surrounded by mountains and a horse farm fills the valley where you're able to camp. If you're heading into Torres Del Paine from Puerto Natales, this spot is awesome for camping at if you g...
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  • Unnamed Road, Chile

    Bike the Valle de la Luna in the Atacama Desert

    21 mi / 500 ft gain
    There are three plausible ways to explore the Valle de la Luna: bike, car, and tour bus. Biking is the most budget-friendly and arguably the most adventurous way to see the valley. You will also miss the crowds if you time it right.  The spot indicated here is the entrance office for the park. If...
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  • Refugio Villarrica, Chile

    Hike to the Top of Volcán Villarica

    / 4747.4 ft gain
    Upon arrival in Pucón, Volcán Villarica is an over powering presence, a permanent, snow covered background, showing off the way it reflects the sunset and hiding when the weather is bad.  The first three days that I was in Pucón, it was cloudy and raining and the volcano was covered by low hangin...
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  • Estancia Pudeto, Chile

    Hike Mirador de los Condores

    4 mi / 1000 ft gain
    There are plenty of fascinating views throughout Torres del Paine National Park, so you can understand why it's such a popular destination. But with so many people doing the most popular hikes like Los Torres, it can feel a bit overcrowded. But somehow this very accessible hike is still relativel...
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