Nuestro viaje lo estabamos pensado hace mucho tiempo con mi señora, su hermano y mi cuñada, por intermedio de la web contactamos una agencia de Viajes de Chile que nos atendio muy bien y nos dio todas las recomendaciones de dias de estadia, equipo y tiempo que podria haber., volamos a Punta Arenas el dia 15 de febrero, ahi nos estaba esperando nuestro guia Carlos que nos llevo hacia Puerto Natales donde alojamos( habitaciones dobles amplias y limpias) al dia siguiente nos paso a buscar nuestro bus y partimos a Torres con una emocion gigantesca, luego de entrar llegamos a un refugio llamado Las Torres en donde dejamos nuestras cosas, en ese momento comenzamos nuestra caminata hacia la base de las torres, un trekking un poco duro de 4 horas pero con un final increible, una de las cosas mas bellas que hemos visto, despues de eso volvimos al refugio y cenamos ahi(muy bueno todo)y luego a la cama.
Nuestro segundo dia fue igual de bello con nuestro guia explicando cada detalle, tuvimos la suerte de estar a los pies de los Cuernos del Paine, una verdadera maravilla, nosotros estuvimos realmente maravillados y por suerte los dias nos acompañaban con buen clima, llegamos despues de 4 horas de caminata muy sencilla. Llegamos a un refugio muy lleno pero por nuestra reserva con la agencia de Viajes teniamos nuestras camas y nuestra comida lista, todo muy bien.
Nuestro tercer dia de caminata fuimos al glaciar el Frances, un glaciar gigantesco que se ve muy desde cualquier lugar, ese dia nos toco bastante de viento pero ibamos todos bien, tambien subimos a un lugar llamado campamento britanico que realmente tiene increibles vistas, uno no se cansa de ver lugares bellos.depues de varias horas ( creo que 6) llegamos a un Lodge junto al lago pehoe, el lodge muy bello donde alojamos y tuvimos duchas de agua caliente que se agradecen mucho.
El cuarto dia fuimos con mucho viento pero el dia muy bello aun hacia el campamento Grey, un lugar que esta junto a el Glaciar Grey y el lago grey, este dia ya se sentia mas el cansancio pero la alegria de estar ahi era increible, cuando llegamos al lugar nuevamente estaba lleno, mucha gente pero teniamos nuestra cama y comida asegurada que realmente se agradece, como llegamos temprano tuvimos tiempo para muchas fotograffias cerca del glaciar.
Nuestro ultimo dia fue el mas tranquilo, solo nos devolvimos hacia el lago Pehoe y tomamos un barco que pasa por el lago Pehoe( el ticket tambien estaba incluid)y el clima estuvo esplendido para mas fotos.luego de llegar tomamos un bus que nos llevo a Puerto Natales y luego otro bus a Punta Arenas donde alojamos,en ese momento nos dejo Carlos que fue nuestro guia y amigo por 5 dias.
El dia antes de partir a santiago paseamos por la linda ciudad pero el tiempo no nos acompaño con lluvia y viento, luego nos fue a buscar nuestro transfer que nos llevo a aeropuerto y desde ahi tomamos nuestro avion(4 horas) hasta Santiago donde hicimos nuestra combinacion para volver a Madrid con un monton de emociones por lo vivido, por el lugar donde estuvimos y la magia de la naturaleza.
Recomenado: Contratar un tour, es mas seguro ir con un guia experto que por cuenta propia, nos toco ver varias veces a personas perdidas, ademas de eso te aseguras tu cama y tu buena comida, nuestra empresa nos cobro no muy caro pero fue todo incluido www.ecotripschile.com pregunten por Carlos como guia, exelente tipo.
Equipment: Tener una buena mochila, nosotros fuimos asesorados y no tuvimos ningun problema.
exelente Mochila fundamental 60-70 lts.
Zapatos con caña alta y buen material( Goretex o similar)
Ropa termica para la lluvia y el viento
Pantalon de Hiking, que tenga cierra para poder hacerlo short.
Lentes de sol
2 a 3 tenidas de ropa
The best places for skiing or snowboarding in Chile are near Santiago - Valle Nevado, La Parva, El Colorado and a little further away - Portillo.
Each of these places has its own website with information on lift passes and rental information:
There are places to ski further south (Chillan, Pucon and Antillanca near Osorno, for example) but if you were to base yourself in Santiago you could try out a few different places by taking a shuttle each day (see my Santiago page sports tips for details).
There is accommodation available at each of these locations however it is quite expensive and usually require a minimum stay (eg 7 days in Portillo).
The following website may be useful:
Fishing is the number one sport in Tierre del Fuego. Brown trout and rainbow trout can weigh up to 30 some pounds here. Rio Grande and Lago Blanco are the most sought after spots to fish but there are many other unspoiled rivers and lakes.
Several tour companies can make the arrangements for your fishing trip.
If you are backpacking around the Torres Del Paine Circuit, I highly recommend that you go the direction which takes you DOWN from the glacier fields to Grey Lake. It's treacherous anyway in wet weather going down this steep, slippery slope; frankly I can't imagine trying to hike UP it with a pack when it's muddy. Camp Paso, in the middle of this steep slope on the way down to Refugio Grey, is small (at least in 1999) with room for very limited number of tents. If you plan to stop there for the night, try to get there early in the day. (for us, meant leaving Camp de los Perros at about 6 a.m. to get to Camp Paso at 2:00pm.)
Equipment: Can't think of any gear that could help you when the slope from the pass to Grey Lake is muddy. Just be prepared to biff it a few times. After the mud (below Camp Paso) is a stretch of fallen trees of enormous girth. Make sure any pack straps and cords are well tucked in, as you can get hung up crawling over the trees.
The main ski resorts of Chile are well developed and get great snow. I have visited the main ones and found them to have excellent snow from mid June to the end of September.
Equipment: You can bring your own gear however the resorts of Termas de Chillan, Valle Nevado and Portillo all have good rental equipment,
We were in Portillo for one week and it was probably the MOST amazing time ever! Portillo is an all-inclusive resort in the Andes, about a 3.5hr drive from Santiago. Portillo holds only 500 guests and is the ONLY hotel. There are 450 staff members to wait on you, hand and foot and the mountain terrain is just really great! The views are spectacular and boarding at Portillo was quite an experience! In the 2006 season, for a one week stay, in a family apt with one bathroom, each person paid US$1450. This is for 7 nights lodging, all the food, AND the lift tickets for all 7 days! It is an AMAZING deal! They also have different themed weeks. We went during their "Wine Week" which takes place the first week of Aug every year. Please check out my travelogue for more info.
Equipment: You can bring your own gear or rent just as easily at the resort. It is very reasonably priced to rent.
If you can handle the hills of Chile, biking is a fabulous way to see the country! I headed out with a group on a tour organized by gradosur (gradosur.cl). We drove to the beach town of Pichilemu and from there spent 2 days cycling the hills in the area. This is not a trip for those looking for a casual ride around the area but worth the effort for the great views, the little towns along the way, the fun people and the exhilaration of finishing!!!
I highly recommend the tour company - gradosur! The owner, Pablo, goes out of his way to make sure you are having a good time. And he can put together tours to meet all types of budgets and fitness levels. Meals/snacks were included (and were very good!) and he provided all equipment. He also speaks very good English, which is not always the case on tours in Chile and Argentina.
Equipment: No need to bring any gear, if you don't have it with you. It comes with the package. All you need to bring is proper biking clothing.
Chile, an Andean country, is a perfect place to practice any kind of white-water sports. Rafting, kayaking, canyoning fans can find here ideal spots. From Maipo river located close to Santiago and suitable for beginners to Futalefu river – one of most challenging in the world! You can take classes of kayaking, you can buy an adventure-pack, you will find any type of activities at very reasonable prices! And you’ll have a lot of fun!
Equipment: Usually you need to bring your towel, swimming suite, and shoes you can go to the water with. The rest of equipment is provided by organizers.
Unfortunately, I never actually got to hike up the volcano and peer into its fiery maw, because the tour group -- who were certainly eager to get us to sign up and to take our money -- never came to get us, as promised. It was a long drawn out ordeal but the bottom line is, NEVER USE POLITUR in Pucon.
That's P-O-L-I-T-U-R. Bad. Don't use.
If you really want to get in touch with the locals, why not play a game of soccer with the kids?
On the Chilean island of Chiloe, we had a ball watching the kids play soccer in their oversized gumboots!
At first they were a bit shy, but they soon gave us big smiles and showed off their 'David Beckham' kicking skills - although they had no idea who David Beckham was!!
Equipment: No equipment needed as the locals provide their own ball!
More than a "sport" Yoga is a discipline.
Many people who practice it, can do it everywhere. Here in Chile we have so many wonderful places for this!!, specially beaches and valleys.
Some other people feel better with an instructor or practicing it in a Yoga School.
There are a few different types of Yoga, so depending on your interests, you'll be partial to one of those.
Some good web sites:
I have a wonderful instructor here in La Serena, her name is Carolina Silva, and you can reach her at: Tel.: 56-51-270 567
Equipment: Cotton comfy clothing
This is a great way to discover the Andinian areas of Chile.
You'll always have a lot of fun, and for sure you'll be breathless watching such incredible sceneries.
If you like adventure and outdoor activities, you can't miss a horse riding in Chile, from North to South!.
Equipment: Depending on the tour you'll choose. It's always better to go with a guide, or you can desappear in the Andes!.
*Photo: taken from www.chilesat.net*
Chile's coast offers exceptional diving, so from North to South you can dive in almost every beach.
Easter Island is also great place to dive ;o)
*Photo: taken from www.visit-chile.org*
Equipment: If you're used to scuba diving, then you know what to bring, if you don't, better if you ask for diving instructors or clubs.
Lot of foreigners come to the Chilean skiing hills during Winter.
There are some good places to go, like:
Portillo: Located 102 miles from Santiago, aprox. 2 1/2 hours drive. Is at 2.850 mt above sea level.
Season: from June to September.
For more information please visit Portillo's web site.
*Photo: taken from www.solartours.com*
Chile is some of the best countries for rafting. We have numerous rivers in the South that offers you the chance for great adventure.
Futaleufu is one of the most incredible rivers you can find in Southern Chile (set in Patagonia). During February and March the river usually runs between 6.000 and 20.000 cfs.
*Photo: taken from www.contactchile.cl*
Equipment: Depending on the Tour Agency. Sometimes they provide everything.
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