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Chile Patagonia | ©  Aleksei Potov/Shutterstock
Chile Patagonia | ©  Aleksei Potov/Shutterstock

15 Reasons to Visit the Chilean Patagonia in 2018

Picture of Harry Stewart
Updated: 16 February 2018

With a whopping 11 million acres of new national parkland added in 2018, there is no better time than now to explore Chile’s slice of the incredible Patagonian wilderness. Rugged, remote, and breathtakingly beautiful, the region offers a true outdoor adventure unlike anywhere else in the world. Here’s why you need to go now.

There are a plethora of new parks to hike

Chile’s national parks just got a whole lot bigger thanks to a deal between some billionaire philanthropists and the country’s environmentally conscious president.

11 million new acres to be precise

In case you’re wondering just how much that is, the new parklands are roughly equivalent to the entire nation of Switzerland.

Get off the beaten track on the Carretera Austral

The new Route of Parks will soon open the area up for tourism. But for now, this stunning highway remains entirely remote.


Carreterra Austral | ©  aaabbbccc/Shutterstock

The weather is still nice and warm

Try to get there before May when things start to get seriously cold. Failing that, it’ll thaw out again around September.

Cruising through the Fjords is as incredible as ever

Jump on a cruise ship to explore this remote region in style.


Chilean Fjords | © myeviajes/pixabay

There are still epic glaciers to explore

Get in quick, because if global temperatures continue to increase, they won’t be here forever.

Eco-tourism is all the rage

Chile has gone all out in promoting sustainable development in the region, with plush eco-resorts such as Patagonia Camp leading the way.

Sustainable Tourism | © Courtesy of EcoCamp Patagonia

The forests are rather attractive

There’s no shortage of foliage in this lush part of the world.


Patagonian forest | © Pixies/pixabay

Plus there are some epic mountains to explore

Ominous snow-capped peaks are all par for the course in Patagonia.

Not to mention a smoldering volcano to scale

Climbing Villarrica is a must on any Patagonian adventurer’s bucket list.

Torres del Paine is as epic as ever

The trees are starting to regrow after the terrible 2011 fire and the park is very much open for business.


Torres del Paine | © Monigocan/pixabay

While the Marble Caves are still relatively unexplored

Make your friends jealous by Instagramming this incredible yet little-known attraction.

Adventure sports are off the hook

Whether it be whitewater rafting, horseback riding, or canyoning, they know how to do adventure in southern Chile.


Horseback riding in Chile | ©  Amalia S/Shutterstock

Yet safety is paramount

Chileans take their safety very seriously, having among the strictest adventure sports regulations on the continent.


Rafting in Patagonia | ©  Guaxinim/Shutterstock

Argentina is right across the border

If you’ve read this far you’ll agree Chile’s Patagonia is incredible. Just don’t forget to explore the Argentine side as well, which is only a short bus ride away.


Mount Fitzroy, Argentina | © jstarj/pixabay