Hiking Walking Trekking Bushwalking Tramping Photos in Chile

Easter Island Hiking Walking Trekking Bushwalking Tramping Photos
Days3TerrainFarmland / Villages / UrbanDateEarly Dec
Region/PlaceEaster Island / Isla de Pasqua, PN Rapa NuiCountryChile  
Dist (kms)49Height gain (m)600Route findingEasy
RouteHanga Roa - Rano Kau - Ahu Vinapu - Rano Raraku (N1) - Ahu Tongariki - Anakena (N2) - Cabo Norte - Ahu Akivi - Hanga Roa
NotesEaster Island is a highly rewarding place to spend three to four days on foot exploring. As well as the fabulous and haunting Moai, there are wonderful vistas of a perfect blue horizon beyond the green hillsides. When I visited, pleasant campsites at Anakena and Rano Raraku had water available.
Moai at Ahu Vai Uri, with Hanga Roa (L), Parque Nacional Rapa Nui, Easter Island, Chile, 4-Dec-03, SA522

Single restored moai with top-knot at Ahu Ko Te Riku, Parque Nacional Rapa Nui, nr Hango Roa, Easter Island, Chile, 4-Dec-03, SA523

Rano Kau crater from Mirador Rano Kau, Parque Nacional Rapa Nui, Easter Island, Chile, 4-Dec-03, SA526

Mauringa Pu A Katiki (400m) (L) from road leading up to Rano Kau, Parque Nacional Rapa Nui, Easter Island, Chile, 4-Dec-03, SA525

Ahu Ko Te Riku (with top-knot) at sunset, Hanga Roa, Parque Nacional Rapa Nui, Easter Island, Chile, 4-Dec-03, SA538

Road leading to east opposite Ahu Ura Uranga Te Mahina, Hanga Roa - Ahu Vinapu - Ahu Vaihu - Rano Raraku Section, Easter Island Circuit (T), Parque Nacional Rapa Nui, Easter Island, Chile, 5-Dec-03, SA546

Fallen moai at Ahu Vaihu with scattered red top-knots, Caleta Vaihu (Vaihu Cove) , Hanga Roa - Ahu Vinapu - Ahu Vaihu - Rano Raraku Section, Easter Island Circuit (T), Parque Nacional Rapa Nui, Easter Island, Chile, 5-Dec-03, SA545

Moai outside crater (evening), Rano Raraku (S), Hanga Roa - Ahu Vinapu - Ahu Vaihu - Rano Raraku Section, Easter Island Circuit (T), Parque Nacional Rapa Nui, Easter Island, Chile, 5-Dec-03, SA560

Silhouetted moai outside crater, Rano Raraku (S), Hanga Roa - Ahu Vinapu - Ahu Vaihu - Rano Raraku Section, Easter Island Circuit (T), Parque Nacional Rapa Nui, Easter Island, Chile, 5-Dec-03, SA563

Moai inside crater and Crater Lake, Rano Raraku (S), Rano Raraku - Ahu Tongariki - Ahu Te Pito Kura - Anakena Section, Easter Island Circuit (T), Parque Nacional Rapa Nui, Easter Island, Chile, 6-Dec-03, SA577

Moai outside crater, Rano Raraku (S), Rano Raraku - Ahu Tongariki - Ahu Te Pito Kura - Anakena Section, Easter Island Circuit (T), Parque Nacional Rapa Nui, Easter Island, Chile, 6-Dec-03, SA569

Ahu Tongariki (R) and Motu Marotiri (MR), Rano Raraku (S), Rano Raraku - Ahu Tongariki - Ahu Te Pito Kura - Anakena Section, Easter Island Circuit (T), Parque Nacional Rapa Nui, Easter Island, Chile, 6-Dec-03, SA581

Moai outside crater, Rano Raraku (S), Rano Raraku - Ahu Tongariki - Ahu Te Pito Kura - Anakena Section, Easter Island Circuit (T), Parque Nacional Rapa Nui, Easter Island, Chile, 6-Dec-03, SA589

Silhouetted moai outside crater, Rano Raraku (S), Rano Raraku - Ahu Tongariki - Ahu Te Pito Kura - Anakena Section, Easter Island Circuit (T), Parque Nacional Rapa Nui, Easter Island, Chile, 6-Dec-03, SA592

Ahu Tongariki, Rano Raraku - Ahu Tongariki - Ahu Te Pito Kura - Anakena Section, Easter Island Circuit (T), Parque Nacional Rapa Nui, Easter Island, Chile, 6-Dec-03, SA598

North coast of island leading towards west from nr Ahu Taharoa, Rano Raraku - Ahu Tongariki - Ahu Te Pito Kura - Anakena Section, Easter Island Circuit (T), Parque Nacional Rapa Nui, Easter Island, Chile, 6-Dec-03, SA603

Te Pito Kura (Navel of the Earth / Light), or Te Pito Te Henua, at Ahu Te Pito Kura, Rano Raraku - Ahu Tongariki - Ahu Te Pito Kura - Anakena Section, Easter Island Circuit (T), Parque Nacional Rapa Nui, Easter Island, Chile, 6-Dec-03, SA604

Moai at Ahu Nau Nau, Anakena (S), Rano Raraku - Ahu Tongariki - Ahu Te Pito Kura - Anakena Section, Easter Island Circuit (T), Parque Nacional Rapa Nui, Easter Island, Chile, 6-Dec-03, SA606

Beach and bay, Anakena (S), Rano Raraku - Ahu Tongariki - Ahu Te Pito Kura - Anakena Section, Easter Island Circuit (T), Parque Nacional Rapa Nui, Easter Island, Chile, 6-Dec-03, SA609

Silhouetted moai at Ahu Nau Nau, Anakena (S), Anakena - Ahu Tepeu - Ana Te Pahu - Ahu Akivi - Hanga Roa Section, Easter Island Circuit (T), Parque Nacional Rapa Nui, Easter Island, Chile, 7-Dec-03, SA613

Moai at Ahu Akivi, Anakena - Ahu Tepeu - Ana Te Pahu - Ahu Akivi - Hanga Roa Section, Easter Island Circuit (T), Parque Nacional Rapa Nui, Easter Island, Chile, 7-Dec-03, SA620

Ahu Ko Te Riku (with top-knot) at sunset, Hanga Roa, Parque Nacional Rapa Nui, Easter Island, Chile, 4-Dec-03, SA539

  
Valle de la Luna Hiking Walking Trekking Bushwalking Tramping Photos
Days1TerrainDeserts / Badlands / GorgesDateLate Nov
Region/PlaceRegion I - Tarapacá, Reserve Nacional Los FlamencosCountryChile  
Dist (kms)28Height gain (m)150Route findingEasy
RouteSan Pedro de Atacama - Valle de la Luna - return
NotesIt's quite a nice walk from San Pedro to the Valle de la Luna, although many people cycle. However you get there, it's a pleasant walk across the open side dunes and small rock gullies to explore the relatively small area.
Sand dunes nr southern entrance to Valle de la Luna, Reserve Nacional Los Flamencos, Region II - Antofagasta, Chile, 29-Nov-03, SA490

Footprints on sand dunes in Valle de la Luna, Reserve Nacional Los Flamencos, Region II - Antofagasta, Chile, 29-Nov-03, SA492

Track leading to southern entrance of Valle de la Luna, with Volcán Licanbur (R), Reserve Nacional Los Flamencos, Region II - Antofagasta, Chile, 29-Nov-03, SA491

Sand dunes in Valle de la Luna, Reserve Nacional Los Flamencos, Region II - Antofagasta, Chile, 29-Nov-03, SA494

Track leading through central area of Valle de la Luna, Reserve Nacional Los Flamencos, Region II - Antofagasta, Chile, 29-Nov-03, SA496

Track leading through central area of Valle de la Luna, Reserve Nacional Los Flamencos, Region II - Antofagasta, Chile, 29-Nov-03, SA495

View south from on top of highest sand dune in Valle de la Luna, Reserve Nacional Los Flamencos, Region II - Antofagasta, Chile, 29-Nov-03, SA497

Sand dunes in Valle de la Luna, with Volcán Licanbur (L), Reserve Nacional Los Flamencos, Region II - Antofagasta, Chile, 29-Nov-03, SA498

La Portada Hiking Walking Trekking Bushwalking Tramping Photos
DaysShortTerrainCliffs / Rock outcropsDateEarly Dec
Region/PlaceRegion II - Antogafasta, Monumento Natural La PortadaCountryChile  
Dist (kms)4Height gain (m)0Route findingEasy
NotesImpressive sea cliffs fall into the South Pacific Ocean here. There are excellent vistas from the mirador or by walking a couple of kilometres north or south along the dry, barren cliff-tops.
View from mirador to south, with La Portada Arch, Monumento Natural La Portada, Region II - Antofagasta, Chile, 2-Dec-03, SA507

View from mirador towards cliffs to north, Monumento Natural La Portada, Region II - Antofagasta, Chile, 2-Dec-03, SA509

View from mirador to south, with La Portada Arch, Monumento Natural La Portada, Region II - Antofagasta, Chile, 2-Dec-03, SA511

View from south of mirador to south, Monumento Natural La Portada, Region II - Antofagasta, Chile, 2-Dec-03, SA515

View from north of mirador to north, Monumento Natural La Portada, Region II - Antofagasta, Chile, 2-Dec-03, SA518

   
Sierra Nevada foothills Hiking Walking Trekking Bushwalking Tramping Photos
Days1TerrainForestDateMid Dec
Region/PlaceRegion IX - La Araucanía, PN ConguillíoCountryChile  
Dist (kms)9Height gain (m)500Route findingEasy
RoutePlaya Linda - Ridge to north towards Sierra Nevada - return
NotesAn excellent walk through a somewhat unknown national park, leading to lofty views through the native Monkey Puzzle trees to Laguna Conguillío and Volcán Llaima. In Mid Dec there was fresh snow starting at around 1200m. A short walk around the shores of the Laguna is also very pleasant.
Sierra Nevada from track to Laguna Conguillío, Parque Nacional Conguillío, Region IX - La Araucanía, Chile, 12-Dec-03, SA626

Sierra Nevada from shore of Laguna Conguillío, Parque Nacional Conguillío, Region IX - La Araucanía, Chile, 12-Dec-03, SA630

Volcán Llaima (3125) reflected in Lago Arco Iris, Parque Nacional Conguillío, Region IX - La Araucanía, Chile, 12-Dec-03, SA632

Track leading towards Volcán Llaima (3125) through Araucaria forest, from nr Laguna Conguillío, Parque Nacional Conguillío, Region IX - La Araucanía, Chile, 12-Dec-03, SA635

Track through Araucaria forest, from nr Laguna Conguillío, with Sierra Nevada (L), Parque Nacional Conguillío, Region IX - La Araucanía, Chile, 12-Dec-03, SA638

Laguna Conguillío and reflected Sierra Nevada from nr La Caseta campsite, Parque Nacional Conguillío, Region IX - La Araucanía, Chile, 12-Dec-03, SA640

Red Notro flowers at Playa Linda, Laguna Conguillío, Sierra Nevada Trail (T), Parque Nacional Conguillío, Region IX - La Araucanía, Chile, 12-Dec-03, SA642

Driftwood and Sierra Nevada (L) at Playa Linda on Laguna Conguillío, Sierra Nevada Trail (T), Parque Nacional Conguillío, Region IX - La Araucanía, Chile, 12-Dec-03, SA643

Sierra Nevada, Laguna Conguillío and Araucaria tree close-up, from second lookout, Sierra Nevada Trail (T), Parque Nacional Conguillío, Region IX - La Araucanía, Chile, 12-Dec-03, SA649

Volcán Llaima (3125) from ridge at treeline, Sierra Nevada Trail (T), Parque Nacional Conguillío, Region IX - La Araucanía, Chile, 12-Dec-03, SA650

Sierra Nevada and Araucaria trees 1km before start of unmaintained trail, Sierra Nevada Trail (T), Parque Nacional Conguillío, Region IX - La Araucanía, Chile, 12-Dec-03, SA652

Araucaria tree close-up from nr second lookout, Sierra Nevada Trail (T), Parque Nacional Conguillío, Region IX - La Araucanía, Chile, 12-Dec-03, SA657

Lava field boulders and view S from track between Laguna Verde and Entrance Station, Parque Nacional Conguillío, Region IX - La Araucanía, Chile, 12-Dec-03, SA662

   
Lago Verde / Lago Chico Hiking Walking Trekking Bushwalking Tramping Photos
Days1TerrainLakes / Rivers / WaterfallsDateMid Dec
Region/PlaceRegion IX - La Araucanía, PN HuerquehueCountryChile  
Dist (kms)13Height gain (m)400Route findingEasy
RouteLago Tinquilco trailhead - Lago Chico - Lago El Toro - Lago Verde - return
NotesAn excellent walk through cool and often muddy beech forest to beautiful green lakes high in the mountains. Even in mid December, it can still be snowing at the altitude of the lakes, and the going can be tough along the roughly cut paths.
Track along Lago Tinquilico, Lago Verde, Lago Chico walk (T), Parque Nacional Huerquehue, Region IX - La Araucanía, Chile, 14-Dec-03, SA665

Lago Chico, Lago Verde, Lago Chico walk (T), Parque Nacional Huerquehue, Region IX - La Araucanía, Chile, 14-Dec-03, SA666

Lago Chico, Lago Verde, Lago Chico walk (T), Parque Nacional Huerquehue, Region IX - La Araucanía, Chile, 14-Dec-03, SA667

 
Alerce Trail Hiking Walking Trekking Bushwalking Tramping Photos
Days1TerrainForestDateMid Dec
Region/PlaceRegion X - Los Lagos, PN Alerce AndinoCountryChile  
Dist (kms)8Height gain (m)200Route findingEasy
RouteLaguna Sargaza trailhead - Alerce Giant tree viewpoint - return
NotesA walk into the dense cool temperate beech forest amongst some rather tall trees. Although a fairly short walk, it's slow going over a fairly roughly cut path which often has to drain excessive deluges of rain.
Alerce trees from lookout on Alerce Trail, Alerce Trail (T), Parque Nacional Alerce Andino, Lakes District, Region X - Los Lagos, Chile, 17-Dec-03, SA707

Laguna Sargaza and stream at Pebble Beach, Alerce Trail (T), Parque Nacional Alerce Andino, Lakes District, Region X - Los Lagos, Chile, 17-Dec-03, SA708

  
Playa Cucao Hiking Walking Trekking Bushwalking Tramping Photos
DaysShortTerrainHeathland / Moorland, Coast / BeachDateMid Dec
Region/PlaceRegion X - Los Lagos, PN ChiloeCountryChile  
Dist (kms)3Height gain (m)0Route findingEasy
NotesA short walk across heathland to a black-sand beach on the chilly South Pacific Ocean
Ammophilia grass on sand dunes at Playa Cucao, Parque Nacional Chiloe, Chiloe, Region X - Los Lagos, Chile, 18-Dec-03, SA711

Yellow flowers along Playa Cucao Trail, Parque Nacional Chiloe, Chiloe, Region X - Los Lagos, Chile, 18-Dec-03, SA710

Coastal rainforest along Playa Cucao Trail, Parque Nacional Chiloe, Chiloe, Region X - Los Lagos, Chile, 18-Dec-03, SA712

Sand dune vegetation along Playa Cucao Trail, Parque Nacional Chiloe, Chiloe, Region X - Los Lagos, Chile, 18-Dec-03, SA714

The W Hiking Walking Trekking Bushwalking Tramping Photos
Days5TerrainAndes, GlaciersDateEarly Jan
Region/PlaceRegion XII - Magallanes, PN Torres del PaineCountryChile  
Dist (kms)102Height gain (m)1700Route findingEasy
Route(Side-trip: Guardería Lago Pehoe - Salto Grande - Mirador Lago Nordenskjöld - return), Refugio Laguna Amarga - Hostería Las Torres - Campamento Chileno (N1) - (Side-trip: Torres del Paine lookout) Campamento Chileno - Refugio Los Cuernos (N2) - Campamento Italiano - Campamento Británico - further tarns - Campamento Italiano (N3) - Refugio Lago Pehoe (N4) - (Side-trip Refugio Grey and Ventisquero Grey) - Campamento Las Carretas - CONAF Administration Centre
NotesThe Andes rise to remarkable pinnacles and pillars at their southern end making this a world-class multi-day walk. The 'W' can be walked in about 3-6 days depending on side-trips and use of public transport. Glacier Grey calving into the frigid Lago Grey is a highlight as is the view from the Torres del Paine lookout. The wind and often inclement weather means that you should allow for maybe 1 or 2 bad weather days even in summer, and perhaps not take a favouite tent if camping (although fortunately, many of the campsites are well-sheltered in forest). The clouds, however, often make the views of the mountains seem even more dramatic. A side-trip from Campamento Británico to the Macizo Paine is also highly recommended, leading into a amphitheatre of mountains.
Salto Grande, between Lago Pehoé and Lago I7727, Sendero Mirador Cuernos Section, The 'W' (T), Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Region XII - Magallanes, Chile, 1-Jan-04, SA861

Cuerno Norte (2400) (L), Cuerno Principal (2600) (ML) and Cuerno Este (2200) (R) from Mirador Cuernos, Sendero Mirador Cuernos Section, The 'W' (T), Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Region XII - Magallanes, Chile, 1-Jan-04, SA863

Path leading to Mirador Cuernos, with small lake alongside path (L), Sendero Mirador Cuernos Section, The 'W' (T), Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Region XII - Magallanes, Chile, 1-Jan-04, SA870

Cuerno Norte (2400) (ML), Cuerno Principal (2600) (M) and Cuerno Este (2200) (R) from beach along path to Mirador Cuernos, Sendero Mirador Cuernos Section, The 'W' (T), Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Region XII - Magallanes, Chile, 1-Jan-04, SA867

Torres del Paine (R), Cerro Almirante Nieto (2640) (L) and Río Paine from nr Guaderia Laguna Amarga, Guardería Laguna Amarga - Hostería Las Torres - Campamento Chileno - Campamento Torres Section, The 'W' (T), Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Region XII - Magallanes, Chile, 1-Jan-04, SA873

Bridge over Río Paine leading to Torres del Paine, Guardería Laguna Amarga - Hostería Las Torres - Campamento Chileno - Campamento Torres Section, The 'W' (T), Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Region XII - Magallanes, Chile, 1-Jan-04, SA876

Path leading up Río Ascensio between Hostería Las Torres and Campamento Chileno, Guardería Laguna Amarga - Hostería Las Torres - Campamento Chileno - Campamento Torres Section, The 'W' (T), Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Region XII - Magallanes, Chile, 1-Jan-04, SA878

Torres del Paine (R) and lake from Torres del Paine lookout, Campamento Torres - Mirador Torres del Paine - Camapmento Chileno - Refugio Los Cuernos Section, The 'W' (T), Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Region XII - Magallanes, Chile, 2-Jan-04, SA886

Crossing bridge in Valle Río Ascensio between Campamento Chileno and Campamento Torres, Campamento Torres - Mirador Torres del Paine - Camapmento Chileno - Refugio Los Cuernos Section, The 'W' (T), Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Region XII - Magallanes, Chile, 2-Jan-04, SA892

Small lake on path between Hostería Las Torres and Refugio Los Cuernos, with mountains to SW and Lago Nordenskjöld beyond small lake, Campamento Torres - Mirador Torres del Paine - Camapmento Chileno - Refugio Los Cuernos Section, The 'W' (T), Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Region XII - Magallanes, Chile, 2-Jan-04, SA894

Cuerno Principal (2600) (L) and Cuerno Este (2200) (R) from path between Refugio Los Cuernos and Campamento Italiano, Refugio Los Cuernos - Valle del Francés - Campamento Britannico - Campamento Italiano Section, The 'W' (T), Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Region XII - Magallanes, Chile, 3-Jan-04, SA903

Río Francés and Glaciar Francés from between Campamento Italiano and Campamento Britanico, Refugio Los Cuernos - Valle del Francés - Campamento Britannico - Campamento Italiano Section, The 'W' (T), Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Region XII - Magallanes, Chile, 3-Jan-04, SA909

Río Francés and upper Valle Francés to north from path between Campamento Italiano and Campamento Britanico, Refugio Los Cuernos - Valle del Francés - Campamento Britannico - Campamento Italiano Section, The 'W' (T), Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Region XII - Magallanes, Chile, 3-Jan-04, SA911

Los Cuernos from nr Campamento Britanico in Valle Francés, with Cerro Espalda (2500) (R), Refugio Los Cuernos - Valle del Francés - Campamento Britannico - Campamento Italiano Section, The 'W' (T), Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Region XII - Magallanes, Chile, 3-Jan-04, SA913

Red Notro flower on path between Campamento Italiano and Refugio Pehoé, Campamento Italiano - Glaciar Grey - Refugio Lago Pehoé Section, The 'W' (T), Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Region XII - Magallanes, Chile, 4-Jan-04, SA918

Glaciar Grey and Lago Grey with Campo Hielo Sur to right (Southern Icefield) from path between Refugio Lago Pehoé and Refugio Grey, Campamento Italiano - Glaciar Grey - Refugio Lago Pehoé Section, The 'W' (T), Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Region XII - Magallanes, Chile, 4-Jan-04, SA922

Face of Glaciar Grey and icebergs in Lago Grey from mirador nr Refugio Grey, with Cerro Amistal (1766) (R), Campamento Italiano - Glaciar Grey - Refugio Lago Pehoé Section, The 'W' (T), Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Region XII - Magallanes, Chile, 4-Jan-04, SA930

Close-up of face of Glaciar Grey and icebergs in Lago Grey from mirador nr Refugio Grey, Campamento Italiano - Glaciar Grey - Refugio Lago Pehoé Section, The 'W' (T), Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Region XII - Magallanes, Chile, 4-Jan-04, SA931

Close-up of face of Glaciar Grey from mirador nr Refugio Grey, Campamento Italiano - Glaciar Grey - Refugio Lago Pehoé Section, The 'W' (T), Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Region XII - Magallanes, Chile, 4-Jan-04, SA937

Cuerno Norte (2400) (L), Cuerno Principal (2600) (L), Cuerno Este (2200) (ML), Torres del Paine (M) (Torre Sur (L) and Torre Central (R) through gap) and Almirante Nieto (MR), ie Macizo Paine from small pond nr Administracion Visitors Centre, Refugio Lago Pehoé - Río Grey - CONAF Administracíon Section, The 'W' (T), Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Region XII - Magallanes, Chile, 5-Jan-04, SA947

"Patagonia" flowers at Administracion Visitors Centre, Refugio Lago Pehoé - Río Grey - CONAF Administracíon Section, The 'W' (T), Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Region XII - Magallanes, Chile, 5-Jan-04, SA953