Exploring & Adventure in Chile
Chile is the perfect country for adventure seekers and nature lovers who enjoy extremes. From the world's driest desert to the volcanic Lake District peaks, the wild Patagonian steppe and the scenic Wine Valleys, Chile has everything for the perfect adventure vacation. Easter Island, Argentinian Patagonia and our journey through the Altiplano to Bolivia all provide exciting extensions.
Chile's most famous trekking trails are in Patagonia, in Torres del Paine National Park. Cascada offers hiking routes of various difficulties through the wonderful scenery of mountain peaks, forests, glaciers, rivers, fjords and lakes. Popular treks include the 5 or 7 day Patagonia Torres del Paine W trek and the 9 day Patagonia Torres del Paine Circuit. Cascada also offers trekking in the Atacama desert, leading walkers off-the-beaten-path through the challenging highlands of the world’s driest desert.
Cascada's EcoCamp Patagonian Wildlife Safari offers easy and active hiking options each day. In the Lake District treks are shorter and follow trails leading through dense temperate forests sheltering emerald lagoons. In the central Chilean Andes the landscape is barren in summer and snow-coated in winter and trails lead through interesting flora and fauna. In the Atacama desert treks cover the region’s spectacular geographical highlights in the world’s driest desert.
There are two particularly renowned sites in Chile for observing extraordinary wildlife life - Chungara National Park in the Altiplano and Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia. Chungara offers the chance to observe the prolific birdlife inhabiting the breathtaking lagoons at 4.000m/13.000ft above sea level, along with four different types of cameloids. In Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia marine birds can be observed when navigating the fjords and many different species of birds and mammals can be seen including guanacos, foxes, skunks, deers, condors and pumas.
Horseback riding in Chile is a great option for covering long distances over rugged terrain. Horse-riding trips through the Andes mountains provide the perfect opportunity to see mountain formations, wild flowers and streams and get to know the local Baqueano cowboys who tell stories of their forefathers travels on horseback through the Chilean Andes mountains.
Cascada offers a unique Patagonian pre-extension boating into Torres del Paine through fjords and past mountains and glaciers to meet travelers arriving by land.
A unique Torres del Paine exit, paddling downstream out through the park past spectacular glaciers and mountains on your way out.
Cascada offers ski and snowboard day trips in the world-class Chilean Andes ski resort Valle Nevado.
White water Rafting
With over 300 rivers and an abundance of white water running towards the Pacific ocean, Chile is a rafting haven. Rafting enthusiasts enjoy superb landscapes and paddling conditions as they raft through the Chilean Andes mountains.
The highest mountains outside the Himalayas are located in the Andes between Chile and Argentina. The significant summits with routes that don´t require technical skills but good physical conditions are: Aconcagua (11day, 6.959m/23.200ft), Ojos del Salado volcano (10day, 6.893m/22.980ft), Licancabur volcano and Cerro Plomo (5day, 5.424m/12.600ft).
Get to know cosmopolitan capital Santiago de Chile on a tour taking you through the downtown highlights. Also get to know cultural gem Valparaiso, Chile’s most bohemian city with unique colourful architecture.
Chile has a well-established international reputation as a good-quality wine producer. Cascada offers wine tours throughout the central region in the Maipo valley and the Colchagua valley, both famous for the wide variety of wine they produce. Cascada’s 3 day Wine and Adventure Tour covers both regions.
Chile is home to over 250 thermal springs, many of which remain unexplored. Cascada offers a wonderfully relaxing late afternoon trip to hot springs in the Chilean Andes Mountains, near el Morado.
Explore Chile’s culinary highlights by shopping, cooking and dining with a professional Chilean chef. Chile’s gastronomic specialities and fine wine await!
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