Due to its lengths, Chile is the perfect country for a campervan rental and a road trip. Going up to Atacama desert or far south to see the lake district – each season has spectacular destinations.
First of all, Chile is a quite safe country, so no matter where you would like to stay it will be possible. However due to our experience let us give you a few recommendations:
We are happy to help out with our personal experience related to road trips in Chile and suggestions in case that you need some input!
In order to protect our environment in Chile, keep it clean and prevent forest fires: please collect your garbage and toilet paper and in case of staying at the countryside dig a hole.
Tour Santiago and Surroundings - Beach, Culture and Vines (5-7 days)
Doing this tour is possible all year long.
1° Pichilemu: It is highly recommended to visit these areas, in case you like surfing. The coast is wonderful. It is recommended to visit from Navidad town to the south, by the the coast way. The area is quiet and very safe. Vegetation and sea.
The Santa Cruz town: very good place, in case you would like to know vineyards and try high quality wine.
Iloca, please visit http://www.turismoiloca.cl/ It is a area where the life is very simple and quiet, a very warm town and peace atmosphere
2° Cobquecura: We recommend moving south along the coast, otherwise you will be traveling on Ruta 5, which has no tourist interest
3° Antuco: Beautiful place, you must climb the volcano! Alto Bio Bio: There is so much to show! better check this page http://www.biobioestuyo.cl/en/destino/altobiobio/
Termas de Tolhuaca and Lonquimay: One of the most beautiful places in the region, you can go to the thermal pools, visit a glacier, sleep on the lake shore. You will feel a lot of respect for the natural. The ancestral land of our beloved Mapuche people.
Appropriate time to visit these suggestions: 8 to 10 days
4° Valdivia/Pucón/Villarica/Puerto Fuy/Lago Ranco: Lovely cities, food replenishment, good restaurants. Particularly Valdivia its near to the Pacific coast, very nice region, we are sure you will be surprised. Valdivia it is a relatively large and safe city. Around Valdivia there are very comfortable areas to park your campervan and rest.
5° Ensenada/Parque Nacional Alerce Andino/Volcán Osorno/Volcán Calbuco/Isla de Chiloé: You must know this park and the volcanoes. These places offer walking routes of medium demand. In particular I suggest to know the Calbuco Volcano, you can go up to the snowy area, you will pass through virgin forests, without a doubt your life will improve once you have visited these places. Do not forget Isla de Chiloé, best visit https://www.lonelyplanet.com/chile/chiloe
6° Parque Pumalín/Futaleufú/Parque Nacional Corcovado: Pumalín Park its one of the largest parks in Chile. I suggest contacting directly the administration park as they will know how to describe the beauty of this area, it will be of great help http://www.parquepumalin.cl/en/. Futaleufú its a small vijjage, very beautiful and very friendly people. In summer time Many kayakers arrive in town to prepare their descents in the most indomitable rivers of Chile. Please visit the following page http://www.exchile.com/fachome.html
Appropriate time to visit these suggestions: 15 days
Tour South Chile - Vulcanos, Lakes and Forests (7-14 days)
If you have little time you can just go until Pucón and skip the rest. Or you rush with the campervan around :) The perfect rental time is from December-April. Watch out: January and February are school vacations in Chile, so some places might be quite crowded. Travelling in a camper during other month is also possible, just to be prepared for rainfalls and take warm clothes with you..
Our suggestion from Santiago to Lake District
According to the Soulvans viewpoint, we could recommend to you to park your campervan and visit the demarcated areas with arrows
Tour North Chile - Coast, Surf, Desert and Geysers (7-21 days)
If you just have a week it is better to renta campervan and go up to La Serena/Valle del Elqui and enjoy the beaches between La Serena and Antofagasta - unless you want to end your campervan rental in Antofagasta. In 14 or more days you can go up north and visit San Pedro de Atacama. In 7 days we do not recommend this although it would be possible. Depending if you want to head on to Peru you can leave your camper van with us in Antofagasta or take a flight back. The perfect travel time is from November-March (+shoulder seasons). Watch out: January and February are school vacations in Chile, so some places might be quite crowded.
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