Chile’s National Parks -The Best 5

Chile Travel Posted on 05/23/2018

These 5 Chile’s National Parks must be on your list if you are planning your next memorable Chile vacation. Its terrific climate, deserts, and wildlife is the perfect destination for solo or family travel. Plus, discover a couple of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Updated to April 2024

1. Chile’s National Parks in Eastern Island – Rapu Nui

Chile's national parks in Eastern Island

Rapu Nui national park is also commonly known as Easter Island. Its enormous stone statues, known as, moai, and its beautiful shrines make this park worth visiting.

All the extraordinary architecture and sculptures of the park were created by the early Rapa Nui people around 300 A.D. The park offers a unique representation of the Rapa Nui culture.

Do you know that the extraordinary landscape is not only a prized Chile’s national park but also a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its mesmerizing cultural significance? Hence, a visit to this park will not only prove to be fun but informative too.

2. Torres Del Paine in Patagonia

Chile's national parks - The towers in Torres del Paine.

This park truly deserves to be on the list of the best of Chile’s national parks. It is one of the largest and most visited Chilean National parks. After all, it has some of the most stunning landscape that is worth seeing!

If you visit Torres del Paine you will find the scenic blue glaciers, high granite peaks of the Paine Massif, spectacular waterfalls, exquisite lagoons, and lakes. Moreover, you will come across urban wildlife like foxes, South Andean deer, Pumas, and the Andean Condor.

3. Chiloe National Park

Chile's national park - Chiloe

Chiloe National Park is definitely worth visiting park because of its amazing wildlife. It is mainly dominated by Valdilvian forests which are popularly known for the small deer- pudu and Darwin’s fox. Besides that, the park is home to many leopard seals, flamingos, finbacks, humpbacks, penguins, and blue whales.

Moreover, there are many diverse landscapes such as dunes, swamps, and peat bogs which will mesmerize you with their astounding beauty.

4. La Campana

Although this park is small in its size, it features some of the most remarkable sights in Chile. A fun fact for you:  Charles Darwin climbed one of its 6,000-foot-high mountains!

Like Darwin, if you want to experience fun sports like hiking then you may be happy to know that this place offers its tourist the best hiking trail.

5. Laguna San Rafael

This park was formed by the retreat of a glacier named San Rafael…which explains how the park got its name.

If you are one of those marine wildlife lovers then this park can be worth visiting as the place is home to an array of water animals; such as Chilean dolphins, sea otters, and elephant seals.  Also, the park is famous for cruising which gives you another reason to make a visit there!

Owing to the pristine landscapes and unique wildlife, the national parks of Chile are undoubtedly beautiful. So, enjoy your holidays by planning a trip to Chile today!

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