One of the sports that has become extremely popular during the last years is climbing. Santiago has a precise geographical condition for it, surrounded by hills and rocky walls, which invites the practice of this discipline.
As a recommendation, we suggest that the best season for outdoor climbing is spring (September, October, November).
Below is a selection of the best climbing areas in the Metropolitan Region. Don’t forget to check the weather forecast to plan your climbing trip safely. As a reference, south-facing walls will have shade most of the day (and north-facing walls the opposite); east faces have sun in the morning and west faces in the afternoon. This panorama is unmissable in Chile for those who love adventure tourism.
Rock Climbing Sectors:
Lo Curro, Vitacura.
On the eastern side of the emblematic Cerro Manquehue, are the rocks of the Lo Curro sector, one of the oldest climbing places in Chile. It has 5 routes of different lengths and difficulties, presents a wide number of intermediate graduation routes, a Boulder area just when you reach the rocks and incredible views of the city of Santiago.
The area has two climbing sectors: Classic Sector or Left Sector: its routes surround 25 meters, receives sun in the afternoon, has 15 routes and a variety of degrees from: 5.9s, 5.10s-11s and a couple of 5.12s and “Nuevo Sector”, located to the right of the Classic Sector. It receives shade most of the afternoon, it has 4 routes between 510a and 5.10d, due to its concentration, it can be made in a short time.
Access: Access is through Santa María de Manquehue in the commune of Vitacura, Santiago. From the Lo Curro roundabout, take Av. Santa Teresita until the intersection with Gran Vía. Go up Gran Vía to Vía Roja. At the fenced access to the hill, take the path towards the rocks.
Punta Águila, Los Trapenses.
Punta Águila is another climbing area very close to Santiago, in the foothills of Chile. Due to its northern orientation and because it receives sun until 16.00 hours, it is ideal for the cooler days of spring. This climbing sector has approximately 25 routes, with an average height of 20 metres; most are beginner and intermediate level, between 5.9 and up to 5.10b, although some courses are graded at 5.12.
Access: It is easy to access, through the commune of Lo Barnechea, in front of the Mall of Los Trapenses, along the street Punta Aguila, taking a marked path to the Manquehue hill, just 10-15 minutes walking.
Access: It is easily accessible, through the Lo Barnechea commune, in front of the Los Trapenses Mall, along Punta Águila street, taking a marked path towards the Manquehue hill, just a 10-15 minute walk away.
The Paredón is located in the heart of the village of Farellones, 32km from Santiago. It receives the sun most of the day, but it can be climbed on sunny spring days thanks to its altitude and the breeze. There are about 16 routes between 5.9 and 5.11a.
Access: 5 minutes walking from La Leonera, in the village of Farellones. If you go by car, you must leave it in that sector and go down a ravine for five minutes. After that, you will start the route that will take you directly to live the natural adventure tourism in the Andes Mountains in Santiago.
This is one of the most popular places for lovers of adventure tourism, mountain tourism and climbing, located right on the Metropolitan and Valparaiso regions. Las Chilcas has more than 100 routes ranging from the fifth grade to the eighth in its letter, together with its temperate climate, which allows you to practice this discipline throughout the year.
Access: The access is from Santiago, taking the Panamericana Norte Sur, better known as Route 5 North, where you will travel about 80 kilometres until you come across the notorious rock walls of this sport climbing paradise.
La Mina. Cajón del Maipo
The Cajón del Maipo is a climbing sector in the Andes Mountains area of Santiago, close to Baños Morales, is famous for its walls of more than 200 metres high, its varied climbing routes from grades 5.10 to 5.13d, and multi-pitch projects of different difficulties.
Access: Its access is in the Baños Morales sector, in the El Volcán valley in the Cajón del Maipo. From there, you have to continue along the only road that crosses Baños Morales to the north; and after approximately one kilometre, you will see the imposing wall of The Mine.
El Manzano. Cajón del Maipo
The Torrecillas sector in the Cajón del Maipo with its sandstone walls is probably the closest multi-pitch sector with routes up to 300 metres high to Santiago. In contrast to the areas mentioned above, a visit to Torrecillas requires an entire day.
Some routes allow training in multi-pitch climbing, but there are other cases where a high degree of commitment and more advanced knowledge of multi-pitch climbing is required. More than 50 routes in this area are divided into three sectors: Torrecillas I, II, and III. The first is the leading sector.
There are also some low-difficulties and well-protected routes, so find out more about this climbing spot before heading there.
In this incredible sport climbing sector, we can also find another area called “Las Palestras”, a place that is made up of volcanic rock and has more than 40 routes of varying difficulty. These “lines” range from 5 grades to 5.13 b of difficulty.
Access: From Santiago, leave in the direction of Cajón del Maipo by El Volcán road until you reach the locality of El Manzano, after crossing the bridge over the estuary of the same name, on the left (north), take the dirt road for 3 kilometres, until you reach the point where it is possible to park. It takes between 45 and 60 minutes to approach the base of the walls to begin to experience adventure tourism in El Cajón del Maipo, at the foot of the Andes Mountains.
Choliana, Valle de las Arenas.
For those looking for a more complicated grade sector, we mention this area of the Cajón del Maipo. Located in the Valle de las Arenas in the Andes Mountains in Santiago, it has around 40 routes with difficulties from 5.10c to 5.13b. The height of its ways ranges from 15 to 30 or 40 metres. The type of climbing is quite technical due to the kind of rock, which has different formations. Clips, bars, lateral and blunts are the most common routes.
The sector is on private land, so permission must be requested from the owners by sending an email to email@example.com at least 24 hours in advance. Choliana allows climbing between October and April, depending on weather conditions. The wall is in the shade from 14:00 hrs onwards. At the beginning of the season, it is possible to find spring water at the foot of the route.
Access: From Santiago, take route G-25 to The Cajón del Maipo. At kilometre 65.1, you pass the turnoff to Baños Morales, where you do not have to turn 99off but continue uphill on the asphalt road. Then, go up the “Cuesta de Los Afligidos” to reach the “Cabrerío” sector, where you take the road to the left in the direction of the Valle de las Arenas. After that, the route will go downhill with several bends until it crosses the Estero La Engena.
Cross the bridge of the Estero La Engorda, and then continue winding upwards. Once the curvy section is over, there is a long straight stretch, just where the valley opens up. On the left-hand side and above is the Choliana sector, waiting for visitors who want to experience the adventure tourism that the Central Andes Mountain range promises.
El Alfalfal, Predio Río Colorado
This large estate covers most of the Río Colorado basin. It has altitudes ranging from 1,000 metres above sea level to 6,570 metres above sea level at the summit of the Tupungato volcano, the highest peak in the central Andes of Chile. Its rich territory includes ecosystems ranging from Mediterranean sclerophyllous forest to high Andean steppe.
It is home to one of Santiago’s significant water reserves due to the numerous glaciers and snow accumulations. Within the property, there is the Protected “Olivares River”.
Additionally, the Patrimonial Route No. 4, “Río Olivares-Gran Salto”, and the climbing sector “El Alfalfal”. This place is frequented by mountaineers and climbers due to its extensive terrain that houses walls and is characterized by its fissures and granite walls, which allow traditional climbing, in addition to hundreds of sports and outdoor activities as hiking.
All visitors must make a formal request for access by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject: “Climbing: request for access by (put name and surname of the group leader)”. A document must also be submitted describing the activity, elements to be carried, and emergency contact. This authorization must be sent at least seven days in advance in the specific case of climbing and 14 days for other mountain sports.
Location: Next to El Alfalfal power station, at kilometre 20.5 of the Río Colorado road. Cajón del Maipo, one hour from Santiago, in the Andes Mountains of Chile. After passing the village of El Manzano, turn left, following the sign for Central Alfalfal. One hundred metres before the Casa Bosque Restaurant (on the right).
Located in the foothills of Santiago, this gym of the Chileclimbers Association has bouldering and a wall. Prices vary between $3.900 and $5.900. This centre has different modalities depending on whether it is the first time you want to climb or advanced.
This gym has a part for routes and apart for bouldering. Its prices vary between $4.500 and $7.000 depending on the schedule and age of the visitor. It is open from Monday to Sunday and has two locations in communes in the foothills of Santiago.