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.
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.
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.
The forests are rather attractive
There’s no shortage of foliage in this lush part of the world.
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.
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.
Yet safety is paramount
Chileans take their safety very seriously, having among the strictest adventure sports regulations on the continent.
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.