So you’re an adventurer. A buccaneer. Always the first to sign up to adrenaline inducing activities and always on the lookout for your next intrepid travel destination. We’ve mentioned already that Chile is the perfect choice for your next voyage, but to really convince you, we’ve decided to highlight a few of the country’s most exciting experiences. They’re perfect for the adventurer. Challenging, rewarding, fun and unique, making the most of Chile’s wilder offerings is an ideal way to absorb the beauty of the landscapes and the wondrous nature of the local communities. From ice climbing to heli-skiing, have a read of this list and you’ll have one more place to add to that never-ending adventure bucket list of yours. Disclaimer: these experiences aren’t for the faint hearted.
Heli-Ski in Chile
Picture this, one million acres of untouched Chilean snow. Sounds beautiful, doesn’t it? And for all the keen skiers amongst you, these are the kind of slopes you’ll want to be gliding down, off-piste. Luckily for you, experiencing the unique feeling of making those first tracks in untouched snow is completely possible. All you’ve got to do is jump in (and out of) a helicopter.
Heli skiing combines a stunning and exhilarating helicopter ride over the vast and breath-taking Chilean Mountains with fast-paced skiing over fresh powder. Make this more than a day trip and stay in one of Chile’s luxurious boutique lodges that reside just moments away from Heli Ski terrain. Hop on your privately hired helicopter and escape from all the crowds and ski with the glaciated mountain peaks behind you. The off-piste slopes here offer a completely unique skiing experience, and we just so happen to think it’s the greatest way to experience the Andes. For all you adrenaline seeking, snow loving skiers, this is a must. You’ll be a powder skiing pioneer before you know it. Apologies in advance if skiing on-piste never quite does it for you againRead more
Ice Climb frozen waterfalls
Ever seen a frozen waterfall? If you have, you’ll probably remember the feeling of wanting to get up close and admire its glistening beauty. We know for all you adventurous buccaneers, taking a couple of snapshots just isn’t enough. So, how about climbing up one of these frozen giants? Just one hour’s drive from Santiago you’ll find yourself in the National reserve of Yerba Loca. In the winter months, this reserve has been known to house over 50 frozen waterfalls for explorers to sink their ice picks into. With an expert guide close at hand, get your gear on and make your way to one of the many towering icy rocks and waterfalls and begin your climb. It’ll be hard work, but at least you know that there will always be a rewarding and breath-taking view at the top. For those who want a real challenge, we recommend the icy glacier of La Paloma. You and your ice climbing expert will join forces and map out the best route, becoming the ultimate mountaineers. It doesn’t get more adventurous than that, surely?
Glide down Death Valley
Coming to Chile in its winter season does not mean you have to miss out on some of the country’s most epic landscapes. Whilst there is a wealth of snowy slopes and ice glaciers to enjoy, you can still explore Chile’s Atacama Desert. In fact, most adventurers in the know choose to visit its glorious Valle de la muerte dunes off-peak as the temperatures are much more manageable. For all you thrill-seekers, there is only one way to truly enjoy this fiery red desert, and that’s with a spot of sandboarding. Grab a seat in a private sand buggy and begin your speedy and bumpy journey into Death Valley. Once you’re at the top of a gigantic dune, you’ll be strapped onto your sand board and can begin your descent. Take in the view as you glide down the dunes and do your best to reach top speed. Most only manage to do it a few times as the climb back to the top is challenging, although you can always hail your buggy to come and get you if you’re feeling a little tired. For something truly unique, have a go at sandboarding at dusk. You’ll be able to witness a blanket of stars overlooking the desert clearer than ever before. Be prepared though, the desert gets extremely cold at night time, don’t let the warmer days deceive you.