One of the most spectacular mountain ranges in the world, the Andes run the length of the South American continent, offering incredible opportunities for extreme adventures. Central Chilean Andes trekking routes are some of the best in the world, with incredible scenery, interesting wildlife and friendly locals.
Trekking in the Andes can be difficult but you can hire with mules to carry your bags to designated camping points you will spend the night. This leaves you carrying just what you need for the day and your hands free to take incredible photos.
Situated in the midst of the Colchagua Valley, just a few hours drive from the capital Santiago, a top Andean trek starts in the foothills of the Andes among ancient oak forests. The area is dotted with active volcanoes, hot springs and glaciers, making it a truly unique trekking destination.
Stay in beautiful lodges, like the Tumuñan Lodge, and head up into the mountains from there, exploring some of the unique flora and fauna that’s found there. Look out for rare species of plant and keep your eyes peeled for the iconic Andean condor soaring above you.
You can also explore the Colchagua Valley itself, home to some of the world’s finest wines and vineyards. Discover mountain towns complete with well-preserved colonial architecture and discover the last remnants of the pre-Columbian world.
La Campaña National Park
This huge national park is ideal for Central Chilean Andes trekking adventures, with trails that lead up past old quartz mines and into unique microclimates influenced by the Pacific Ocean.
It’s an ideal spot for a day hike, starting at the entrance to the park and making your way through the well-preserved surroundings.
El Morado glacier
With typical Andean towns and villages at its foot, the El Morado glacier is a stunning place for trekking. The beautiful mountains of El Morado, Cerro Union and Cerro Arenas provide the perfect backdrop for a hiking adventure.
Look out for Andean foxes, condors and eagles along the way and get your camera ready for the simply breathtaking views from the glacier. At 2,600 metres above sea level and the incredible Andes all around, this is trekking like no other place in the world.
What you need on Central Chilean Andes trekking adventures
With guided treks through companies like the Tumuñan Lodge and mules for carrying your gear, Andes trekking adventures are lightweight and comfortable (even if the terrain can get a little bit tricky at times). It’s recommended that you bring a sleeping bag, sturdy walking boots, a hat, sun cream, clothing suitable for the time of year and swimming trunks.
With varied terrain, waterfalls and designated camping points, overnight trekking trips in the Andes are a unique experience that will live with you forever. Meet friendly local people, capture unique wildlife on camera and experience your very own Central Chilean Andes trekking adventures.
Chile is an amazing country that has to be experienced, and it’s also home to some of the world’s best trekking. Now might just be the perfect time to go and combine a top destination with an exciting trekking adventure.