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If you’ve thought about traveling to Chile, you’ve probably heard about exploring Moon Valley in San Pedro de Atacama or traversing the W trek in Torres del Paine. However, these aren’t the only places worth visiting in the country. These are just the destinations that most people are familiar with. In this article, I’ll be listing five lesser-known destinations in Chile. These places are every bit as gorgeous as the well-known attractions, just with fewer people!

1. Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve

Okay, if this picture of a MAGICAL TREEHOUSE doesn’t make you want to pack your bags and immediately head South, then you might have a problem. Seriously guys, Montaña Mágica Lodge in Huilo Huilo looks like something out of a dream. Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve is the perfect place for outdoor adventurers. Some of the many activities you can participate in at Huilo Huilo include rafting, hiking, horseback riding, and even zip-lining! If you’re not much of an outdoorsy person, you’ll still love all of the different animals you can observe in their natural habitat. Endemic fauna include the pudú, the world’s smallest deer (the cutest of all Chilean animals), and 81 bird species!

2. The Marble Caves

The marble caves, or cuevas de mármol in Spanish, are not easily reached. Thus, not many people take time out of their trips to see these azure beauties. To see these remote caves in person, you’ll have to fly from Santiago to Coyhaique. Then, you’ll need to rent a car to drive around 200 miles to General Carrera lake. Once there, the marble caves are only accessible via boat. However, those who do make the journey to the caves always state that it was worth it. Photographers from all over the world travel to Chile to capture this stunning display of nature!

3. Frutillar

Visiting Frutillar is almost like finding a mini European village in the South of Chile. German immigrants in the 1850s mainly settled the city. Popular foods to try include kuchen, a type of German cake. If you’re seeking picturesque views and photo spots, look no further. Frutillar’s main road faces Llanquihue lake, offering a perfect photo op of Osorno volcano (pictured in the featured image of this post).

4. Isla Damas

Isla Damas is a perfect day trip from La Serena, Chile, a beach town in the North. Animal lovers, in particular, will enjoy this wildlife reserve as penguins, whales, dolphins, and sea otters are all frequent sightings! From La Serena, you’ll need to drive about an hour and a half to reach Punta de Choros. Tour boats leave from this point to take you to the island. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to see bottlenose dolphins and other types of marine animals on the ride. While it is possible to make this trip on your own, I went with a tour agency. Ecoturismo La Serena picks you up from your hotel and takes care of all of the planning!

Side note: I paid for my tour with Ecoturismo. This post is in no way sponsored or affiliated with the company.

5. San Alfonso del Mar

So, we’ve all seen the posts on social media about this gigantic pool being in Chile. Nonetheless, how many tourists get the chance to go there? The answer is not many. I finally had the opportunity to visit San Alfonso del Mar in Algarrobo during Fiestas Patrias last year, and man, it was a cool experience. I had expected San Alfonso to be a hotel, but it’s a private complex of condos that people buy and rent out. The pool itself holds 66 million gallons of water, and you can enjoy activities such as sailing and kayaking in this massive construction.

What are your favorite lesser-known destinations in Chile?

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Vittoria Fiori

Wednesday 29th of April 2020

Marble caves and Carretera Austral really deserve a 10/15 days at least ! I do love Chile and it offers so many underrated locations !! I would also suggest Parque Siete tazas en region del maule, Pichilemu as a good and cheap surf spot in region O’Higgins!

Camila Hidalgo

Wednesday 12th of February 2020

Hey! Did u like my country? Haha I'm from Concepción city, Chile and I had just seen your post and I loved it. You also must visit Easter Island, Pingueral beach -a paradise for the ones who love to surf-, Chillan city in winter to do snowboarding, Puerto Varas and Puerto Octay are next to Frutillar so you must not miss them!, and Chiloe... Well... Bring a lot of money because here you can find delicious fruits, vegetables, milk, wine, and sea food at a very good price (really delicious, organic and cheap!) 💕 Tip #1: go to farms, there many with lot of food Tip #2: here, the people is really friendly. Tip #3: investigate the weather for each location where you are exactly going.. Weather in Chile is really different due to our geography.


Tuesday 4th of September 2018

Great article. I've pinned it for later when I will be planning our journey :)


Saturday 30th of June 2018

I've been to Chile and I have never heard of these destinations. I love hearing about different lesser known places. Thanks for sharing.

Emma Walmsley

Saturday 30th of June 2018

Wow!! Such beautiful and interesting places to visit!! Lovely to read about more of Chile than the usual attractions.

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