World Class Treks
Located at the southern end of South America (it’s shared by Chile and Argentina), Patagonia is a region of dramatic mountain ranges, smoky volcanoes, expansive ice fields, and vast plains known as the Pampas. Here, you’ll find the well-known Torres del Paine National Park as well as world-class trekking routes that will take you through ancient forests, past glaciers and fjords, and along picturesque mountain lakes. Patagonia is also home to incredible wildlife; look for guanacos, flamingos, condors, foxes, and pumas.
Northern Chile’s Atacama desert is the driest on earth and features a surreal landscape. Here, you’ll find sand dunes, blue lagoons, deep canyons, salt basins, and incredible rock formations. Well-known landmarks include El Tatio (one of the world’s largest geyser fields), the Atacama salt flat (home to flamingos) and Valle de la Luna, which is known for its incredible desert sunsets. Travelers can explore Atacama’s lunar-like landscape on foot, visit indigenous villages, sandboard down dunes, and hunt for cave paintings.
The most isolated inhabited isle in the world, Easter Island sits 3,700 kilometers (2,295 miles) off Chile’s Pacific coast. A semi-tropical destination that’s best known for the hundreds of stone figures (called moai) its Rapa Nui populace carved centuries ago, Easter Island also offers a rocky coastline, picturesque beaches, rolling hills, volcanoes, and a crater lake. Much of the island is part of Rapa Nui National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Chile—Diverse Terrain, Epic Adventures
Situated on a long, thin stretch of land that’s nestled between the Andes Mountains to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west, Chile is home to an incredibly diverse array of terrain. To the north, you’ll find a desolate landscape of sand dunes, canyons, and flamingo-dotted lagoons. In the Central Valley, you’ll hit the fertile soils of wine country and the cone-shaped volcanoes, hot springs, and azure waterways of the Lake District. Continue south for the glaciers and tall peaks of Patagonia.
Cascada – Locally Owned, Eco-Friendly
Cascada Expediciones is a Chilean-owned adventure tour operator that creates eco-friendly tours and custom trips in Chile (including Patagonia, the Atacama desert, and Easter Island), Argentina, and Bolivia; Cascada also runs the award-winning EcoCamp Patagonia in Torres del Paine National Park. Cascada’s offerings include easy hiking tours, trekking, horseback riding, biking, kayaking, skiing, wildlife safaris, Patagonia fly fishing, and wine tours. In the last 22 years, more than 24,000 people visiting Chile have enjoyed Cascada-operated tours.
Watch a few of our stunning videos!
- Video about Ecocamp Patagonia
- Torres del Paine W Trek Video
- Lonely Planet Chile and Easter Island (2003)
- The Rough Guide to Chile – Melissa Graham (2003)
- Trekking in The Patagonian Andes
- Trekking El Chalten and Lago del Desierto
- Chile and Argentina, The Bradt Trekking Guide
- Birds of Chile – Alvaro Jaramillo (2003)
- Charles Darwin’s journal aboard the Beagle
- The Stories of Eva Luna – Isabel Allende (1992)