Chile has 4000km of mountains bumping down its spine. From desert to temperate rainforest, trails are everywhere, so expand your itinerary to include a lesser-known route. You won’t regret it.

Putre Ideal base camp for high-altitude desert treks, less crowded than San Pedro de Atacama.

Siete Tazas Near wine country, a clear river drops through seven pools carved of black basalt.

Río Cochamó Valley A pristine valley of waterfalls, granite panoramas and well-marked trails, though the mud is infamous.

Cerro Castillo In the heart of Patagonia, trekking around this cathedral peak provides a top-notch four-day adventure.

Reserva Nacional Lago Jeinimeini Stunning contrasts, from tough backpacking over mountain passes to short hikes to rock art.