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5 trekking spots from Santiago Chile

1) Aguas de San Ramon

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The Natural Park Aguas de Ramon, was created on July 3, 2002 through an agreement between CORFO, Water Andean, PROTEGE, CONAF and the Municipality of Las Condes, in order to be a place that promotes the values of life outdoor environmental education, recreation, sport and nature conservation in the inhabitants of Santiago.
This place is part of a network of peri-urban natural parks that are located in the foothills of Santiago, where the Park Aguas de Ramón is a contribution to the welfare and development of the people living in our city, improving their quality of life and vision about their environment promoting respect and care for the environment, contributing to the development and modification of behaviors and practices by engaging visitors in the care of the environment in which they live.

 

2) Cerro Provincia & San Ramon

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This hill can be seen from the whole city of Santiago, and is the undisputed protagonist of any panoramic photo taken of the city.
The highlight in winter is its almost always snowy summit, in spring its green slopes up to 2000 m, and in summer the different tones of rock material that make it up.
Its vegetation consists of native flora. In the ravines mainly Arrayanes, boldos and peumos are found up to 1800m, and from this height up to 2200m there are some small plants. From about 2200m, there is no vegetation.
A variety of wildlife is present throughout the year, even at the summit. You can find viscachas, culpeo foxes, degus (brush tail mouse), condors, gallinas ciegas, tiuques and others.

 

3) Cerro Manquehue

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1,638m above sea level, this mount integrates the cord called Manquehue, at the northeast area of the capital of Chile, along the north shore of the Mapocho River. This hill has a geological age of 19 million years and is an extinct volcano. At its southern slope is the Santiago neighborhood of Santa María de Manquehue. On its northern side is La Dehesa. In the early 1980s, Augusto Pinochet tried to make the Presidential Palace on its slopes, encountering great opposition. The structure was later destined as The Military Club of Lo Curro.

 

4) Cerro Carpa

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The Carpa Hill is the most visible mountain of the rarely visited Españoles Mountain Range . The Españoles separates the valley of La Dehesa from the Arrayan river and the Nature Sanctuary, and it is possible to observe in full from the district of Lo Barnechea and in part from some other areas of the capital.

 

5) Cerro Pochoco

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Over the neighborhood of Arrayán seventeen kilometers from Santiago, the Andean foothills of “Pochoco summit” rise as an easily identifiable lookout because of a white rock, which sometimes looks like wild snow on its western cliffs, very close to the top.
The Pochoco Hill is part of a cord that rises in the east to Farellones, separating the Mapocho river to the south with the Arrayan river to the north and ends at Cortadera Hill (3,324 meters).
This ascension is the busiest excursion for Sundays near to Santiago, because it gives the opportunity for beautiful contact with nature just minutes from the city.

 

10 Best Day Tours From Santiago, Chile

1. Snowshoeing Hike (Winter season)

This unique trekking experience provides an excellent adventure for people looking for an activity to visit the Andes mountains. This is a full-day expedition departing from Santiago with a guided tour to explore Cajón del Maipo during the winter season.

Find yourself in this great opportunity to get immerse in the snow and to visit the Andes without being surrounded by a lot of people.

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2. Cousino Macul Bike and Wine (All year round)

This tour is an excellent alternative for those who want to get involve with good Chilean wine, take a bike ride and appreciate an old vineyard without having to escape far from Santiago.

 

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3. Trekking Cerro Pintor (Summer)

For the more adventurous and hike lovers, this is a tour we recommend, as it is possible to experience high mountains in one day – exceeding 4,000 meters above sea level – without spending the night. To visit this part of the Andes, a good physical condition is required, and it is recommended for people with previous experience in hiking. It is also highly recommended to visit this places with a profesional who knows to lead the way.

 

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4. Ski Day in Valle Nevado (Winter)

This is one of the best alternatives for a good ski day from Santiago, as it is one of the highest ski center with incredible views! It is the largest ski area in South America and it have great snow quality because of its orientation. If you really enjoy snowboarding or skiing, we highly recommend this place!

 

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5. Patagon Loom Workshop and Peumayen restaurant (All year)

Through this initiative, attendees participate in an introductory class to the art of Patagonian loom-finishing work. A lunch prepared with ingredients traditionally used by indigenous cultures of our country at the exquisite Peumayen restaurant located at Bellavista neighborhood is also included.

 

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6. Cajón del Maipo Roadtrip (All year round)

This tour is great for those who want to appreciate the Andes mountains in Cajon del Maipo without trekking. You will arrive at the beautiful Embalse El Yeso and also visit different places as restaurants, coffee markets and nature. Try local products as cheese, wine and fruits from the season.

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7. Flavors from Chile (All year round)

This tour takes you through the most typical cuisine of Chile and also gives you the opportunity to learn directly and be actively involved in the preparation of typical dishes and snacks, accompanied by a chef who will introduce you to the secrets of Chilean cuisine.

 

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8. Santiago Photography Tours (All year round)

Guided by professional photographers and city specialists, A Photography tour is perfect for anyone who wants an alternative day in the city, exploring must-see sights – as well as some of its undiscovered locations – whilst learning about photography. Ideal for all levels and experience.

 

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9. Glaciers and Hot Springs (Summer)

In summer (November to May) the glaciers and hot springs tour is one of the top rated attractions to depart from Santiago, here is combined a trekking to visit a Glacier in “El Morado Park” with the natural Hot Springs from San José Volcano at Baños Morales, you can get this only a few hours from Santiago.

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10. Valparaiso and Casablanca (All year round)

During this full-day tour you get to know the city of Valparaiso and the Casablanca Valley. You can get involved with the colored hills and paths that the cultural city of Valparaiso have to offer. Afterwords a half way between Valparaíso and Santiago you can find different wineries and the best white wines samples from Chile.

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