About a year ago I went to Chile for about 10 days. It was my first time in South America, and probably one of the bigger trips I’ve ever been on. There’s so many photos and adventures I want to share with everyone.
Hiking in the area was WOW, I really can’t say enough positive things about our experience hiking.
Where we went
We were staying in Santiago, and wanted to go on a day trip hiking. We checked out Viator and booked a small group day trip that included hiking for the first half of the day, and then visiting hot springs after. I think this may have been the trip we booked, or at least one pretty similar!
We went hiking at the foot of the Andes mountains. The ride out was bumpy, went through really small towns, and didn’t pass too many other drivers on the road. Luckily the driver was really accommodating and we were able to get out of the car several times and soak in the views – giant mountains all around us!
The hike was not very challenging – this is probably the one piece of constructive feedback we had. But, the scenery made up for the lack of difficulty.
Throughout the entire hike, we never saw anyone else, it was so magical feeling. In the US it seems that a majority of trails get flooded with people, especially at more well known parks/areas.
The tour guide
We were really torn between going on a guided hiking, or hitting the trails ourselves. If we were to go back, we might try and venture out on our own.
For the first time though, the guide was nice to have. He was really informative and taught us a lot about the park system in Chile, the terrain and the history behind the area.
Some other perks of going on the tour (vs. going alone) were the food, and the hot springs. The tour included a light breakfast, homemade sandwiches for lunch, and lastly appetizers & wine during the hot springs. These were nice perks and actually pretty tasty.
Then lastly, there were the hot springs. We NEVER would have found this place on our own, it was tucked back in the middle of nowhere. I’ve never been to hot springs before, but this was really neat (kind of dirty and strange, but also very cool).
This day trip left me itching for more opportunities to go hiking in South America. No trips planned to the area in the near future, but next time I’d definitely look to incorporate some more hiking. Have any of you been hiking in Chile? Favorite spots?