From the mysterious islands that make up the Chiloé archipelago to the majestic blue peaks of Torres del Paine. These are ideal places to visit if you are traveling alone.
Solo travel lets you enjoy destinations at your own pace, connect with nature, make new friends and rest. Chilean Patagonia is an excellent option for this kind of adventure. Its attractions include beautiful landscapes, tranquility, and good hotels.
The south of Chile, however, covers a large area and if you’re short of time, you probably won’t know where to start.
Here are some of the highlights for you to bear in mind when you plan your trip.
Torres del Paine
This is a “must-have” if we’re talking about unmissable places in Chile. It’s one of the most spectacular corners of the country and the world.
There are many reasons why Torres del Paine is the perfect place to visit if you’re traveling alone. In short, its spectacular landscapes include millenarian glaciers, native forests, turbulent rivers, and unique flora and fauna.
The place also offers all kinds of accommodation; the shelters on the famous W trekking circuit are the best if you want to meet people.
If you’re going to Torres del Paine National Park, spend at least one night in the city of Puerto Natales. This is the recommendation of one of the bloggers on the Solo Traveler site, which highlights the variety of accommodation found in the city, including places that rent equipment to trek in the national park.
Puerto Natales also has a unique culinary culture that ranges from vegan alternatives to traditional lamb roasted over an open fire.
It’s worth spending a few days in Puerto Natales to learn about Patagonian culture in its museums, trying out local food, and enjoying the local life. Visitors also find Puerto Natales a good resting point either before or after trekking in the national park. This contributes towards a more relaxed atmosphere that facilitates making new friends.
The Chiloé archipelago has a wide range of hostels and lodgings that are ideal for the solo traveler.
The area offers many magical spots to visit and experience life as a local. Many secluded and safe corners are perfect for disconnecting and learning about the traditions of southern Chile.
This destination is full of myths and legends that are part of national folklore. The landscape is characterized by the traditional palafitos – colorful houses on stilts that seem to float on the water. What’s more, the people are friendly, and so it shouldn’t be hard to make new connections.
The city of Coyhaique makes an excellent base camp from where to explore many of Chile’s natural wonders. For example, the General Carrera Lake and its Marble Cathedral, the Cerro Castillo National Reserve, the Northern Patagonian Ice Fields, and the Simpson River, among others.
Also, the city is welcoming and an excellent place to learn about the quirks of southern Chile. Besides, it’s a strategic connection point for many of the region’s main tourist attractions, you will be able to meet many travelers on similar routes to your own.
Chile is host to many destinations that are ideal for solo travel. There are places for all tastes and interests, from local experiences to demanding hikes.
We recommend that you plan this adventure in advance so that you are better prepared for unforeseen events and choose to visit places that suit you best.