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Easter Island Ahu Tongariki by Nicolas de Camaret

Chile's top hiking spots

Easter Island Ahu Tongariki by Nicolas de Camaret Creative Commons Attribution

Long, spindly Chile stretches more than 4000m along the Andes, offering some of the most inspirational and iconic hiking trails in the world. Torres del Paine may be the continent’s number one hiking destination, but it’s only the beginning. From the driest desert on the earth to temperate rainforest to the glacier-studded south, trails are everywhere. Chile has 36 national parks to explore, plus national reserves, national monuments and private reserves set aside for outdoor recreation. The exquisite beauty is worth the heavy packs and sore legs. What follows barely touches the extent of the possibilities but should tantalize you enough to pack your hiking boots.

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