Trekking and Hiking

Santiago is a privileged city due to its proximity to the central Andes Mountain range, a unique geographical and natural context in the world. Furthermore, thanks to its condition of basin or valley surrounded by mountains and hills, it offers various trails and sectors to practice adventure tourism in Chile, such as trekking and hiking. This situation is because of different difficulties, some of them during the day, others more extended, a varied menu but great scenic beauty and very close to the city.

Metropolitan Park of Santiago

San Cristóbal mountain or Metropolitan Park, is an essential green lung for the city; with more than 700 hectares of extension, it is considered the fourth-largest urban park globally.

It has six hills – San Cristóbal, Chacarillas, Los Gemelos, La Pirámide, El Carbón and Polanco – and is one of the favourites of Santiago residents and visitors in search of nature tourism in the Metropolitan Region. It has various trails and activities. It has just inaugurated a linear route, with minimal slope, which connects four communes and from where the best views of the city can be appreciated, promoting ecotourism in Santiago.

 
Cerro Carbón

If you are a fan of climbing hills, you can access the Cerro Carbón, it´s part of the Metropolitan Park at 1365 metres above sea level. It will take you between three to four hours (round trip) depending on your physical condition, and at the top – after a steep climb – you will have an incredible 360° view of Santiago, a perfect reminder of what tourism has to offer in the Metropolitan Region.

Access: Official access is through the Bosque Santiago Environmental Education Centre in the Metropolitan Park.

 

 
Cerro Manquehue

At more than 1,600 metres above sea level, Cerro Manquehue is a must-see and a favourite for hiking in Santiago for locals and visitors who prefer to climb hills and enjoy the benefits of adventure tourism in Santiago without going too far away.

Access: To get there, take Santa María avenue up to Agua del Palo Road, in Santa María de Manquehue. Once there, you have to continue straight on in a northerly direction up to where it ends, at a gate located at the foot of the hill.

This trail runs along part of the Ramón estuary, which gives its name to this circuit. The experience of its route is mainly oriented to environmental education activities, and there are signs with related information. Along the trail, you can see examples of endemic flora such as Quillay and Litre, among other species characteristic of the sclerophyllous forest.

In Metropolitan Region, this is an ideal place for those that are interested in nature tourism.

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To liven up the almost 1,000m walk, there are infographics with information on the flora present, mainly trees of the sclerophyllous forest. The final viewpoint, built a couple of metres above the ground, offers spectacular views of the Andes Mountains, the valley of Santiago and the canyon framed by the Río Clarillo.

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In terms of scenic beauty, the Cerro Carbon route is an excellent choice. The course promises spectacular views of the city -at almost 360°, as well as the sight of Cerro Manquehue, which some consider the most beautiful angle. This hill can be seen in glory and majesty, with the high peaks of the Andes Mountains as a backdrop.

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A good trail, in the middle of a typical sclerophyllous forest of central Chile, in the foothills of Santiago, where you can reach the Macul Waterfall relatively quickly. For those who have more time and physical condition, it is possible to continue to the summits of Cerro La Cruz and Cerro Ramón, but in these cases, the difficulty changes.

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Of the various alternatives for visiting the Altos de Cantillana Nature Reserve, the trail that leads to the Cerro Olivera is probably the easiest to access and the shortest. The course allows a couple of hours to get a good idea of the existing vegetation and enjoy good views of the Laguna Aculeo.

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This circuit starts at the Plomo hot springs in the Cajón del Maipo. Then we follow a marked trekking path that enters the Cajón del Bello to reach a small mountain lagoon with a great view of the area. The trail then descends to the Yeguas Muertas canyon to begin its return to the hot springs. Again, a pleasant day walks, with a tremendous Andean atmosphere and suitable for the whole family.

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Its proximity to Santiago and the route is not very difficult to make it suitable for the entire family. Furthermore, it makes it a perfect panorama for those looking for a low-difficulty trail that can be done in half a day to enjoy nature tourism in the foothills of Santiago. In addition, it offers good panoramic views of the Río Mapocho basin and the ring of peaks that surround the city of Santiago.

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This way is a family route, with a first section that leads to a ravine with a gentle ascent, and you can see the native forest, which decreases as you go; it is ideal for those who want to enter the world of nature tourism in the foothills of Santiago. The route allows you to take a detour to the top of Morro Las Papas, which has beautiful views of Santiago or to continue to the summit, a small sanctuary with cedars of Lebanon.

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This location is a popular walk for city dwellers and visitors in search of nature tourism who enjoy climbing hills in the foothills of Santiago. It offers good views of the Río Mapocho basin and the ring of peaks surrounding the capital, including the Manquehue, Pochoco, Plomo, Altar, La Paloma and the heights of the Costal Mountain range. It is not unusual to see condors flying overhead.

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Here you can access viewpoints with admirable panoramic views, waterfalls, hanging bridges and appreciate the abundant vegetation that reigns in the foothills of Santiago, an ideal place for those who enjoy nature tourism. The name of this route is due to the presence of a forest of peumo trees (Cryptocarya alba) that can be admired along the way, whose individuals can reach more than 20m in height.

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This route contains one of the most beautiful valleys of the Central Chilean Andes: the Morales Valley, which is surrounded by beautiful mountains and glaciers and is the hydrographic basin of the Estero Morales. It is one of the most appreciated places to visit due to its scenic attractions of beautiful mountains and glaciers and the observation of mountain flora and fauna, perfect for those looking to enjoy ecotourism in the foothills of Santiago.

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This route begins 3 kilometres from the gate, a little before arriving at Villa Paulina, from the Yerba Loca Sanctuary. The path is dry in summer, and in winter, it accumulates some snow. Therefore, the ascent should take between 2.5 and 3 hours. The descent is done by the same route and takes about one and a half to two hours, an attraction for lovers of trekking, climbing hills and those who enjoy mountain tourism. “Del Medio” hill is the first summit in the south-north direction of the Yerba Loca range in the Chilean Andes.

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As it is a hill that is climbed during the day, there is no approach. Some people prefer to sleep in Vallecito or Alto del Naranjo and climb it the next day. Standard time (average person rising at a rate of 300m of ascent per hour): 5h to 6h. Average mountaineering time: those who climb more often take between 3h and four h, an attractive challenge for mountain tourism and adventure tourism fans in the Andes Mountains range of Santiago.

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Here you can walk along the Ramón ravine bordering the crystalline waters of the stream that bears his name, being able to obtain unique postcards from its viewpoints. The main attraction of this route is to appreciate a spectacular 30m waterfall at the end of the course. The Aguas de Ramón Natural Park is open all year round, waiting for visitors who love nature tourism in the foothills of Santiago.

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This beautiful trail runs through dense native forests, where you can see Acorns, Lingues, Peumos, Boldos, Molles, Quillayes, Litres, Pataguas, Maquis and Robles. From above, the view is unequalled, and you can make out the Aconcagua and the other giants of the Central Andes Mountain range, an ideal setting for trekking and experiencing ecotourism and mountain tourism in the Metropolitan Region. This route is recommended for the summer season. Unfortunately, CONAF does not allow the ascent to the mountain in winter. However, the park is a must-see at any time of the year.

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This trail starts from Villa Paulina in the Yerba Loca Sanctuary. The ascent takes about five hours, and the descent takes about three hours. This hill rises as a great representative of the forgotten ones of Santiago foothill, with an amicable way to be crossed and to make trekking. From its summit, it is possible to observe the Yerba Loca and La Disputada caissons and a close-up view of La Paloma, Altar, Plomo and Littoria.

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The ideal time is from the end of October to May since the snow is cleared from the path, allowing you to go without great difficulty to the glacier viewpoint, enjoying mountain tourism in the Andes Mountains. In winter, the snow covers the entire route, making it suitable for hikers.

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Access from the Mahuida Park in La Reina, in the foothills of Santiago. There can be snow and ice on the rocky ridge that connects to the summit in winter and early spring, increasing the difficulty and exposure. Nevertheless, the path is clear and marked. The first part of the route runs through a native forest that diminishes as you gain altitude. After that, the slope is steep (maximum 30º), and the terrain is quite dry and slippery in certain sections.

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The most advisable is in winter time because of the probable presence of snow, which adds to the beauty of the ascent. However, during the summer, the heat can be oppressive. Furthermore, there is no water on the route except for the Estero Coyanco, so, especially in summer, it is necessary to be well supplied with water to enjoy the benefits of the Andes Mountains safely, its mountain tourism and adventure tourism in Chile.

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In the middle of the solitude, two enormous waterfalls fall down the flanks of the wall of the Loma Rabona in the Andes Mountains range of Santiago. This route can be hiked almost all year round. However, caution should be taken in winter due to the presence of snow, which can make the course difficult or impossible, and bear in mind that in spring and summer, the rivers rise, so crossing them on foot can be a risky undertaking.

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