28 Jul 2012
August is fast approaching, so we made you a travel list of three top destinations! As Chile's coldest month, it's a great time to head north for warmer weather or south to hit the ski slopes!
3 top travel destinations for August:
As one of the world's top sand boarding destinations, Chile's own Death Valley is not to be missed. It's the picture-perfect spot for thrill seekers looking to escape the cooler climate of central and southern Chile in August.
Located just 5km outside of San Pedro de Atacama, Valle de la Muerte (Death Valley) is easily accessible from town. Visitors have the option of renting boards from local establishments within the city limits or hiring out organized guides.
There is no cost to enter the dunes, which range in height from 40 km up to 120 km. With the close proximity to town, renting your own board, and a bicycle for the short journey, makes a cost-effective way for budget travelers to live the experience.
2. Beaches Bahía Inglesa y Playa de la Virgen near Copiapó
Renowned for its warm waters and white sandy beaches, Bahía Inglesa beckons visitors year-round to its rest and relaxation. A mecca for beachgoers in the summer, the off-season presents a perfect time to stretch out freely in the sand without all the rigmarole.
The beach itself is located in a small village roughly 20 minutes drive from the port of Caldera – a port city 60 km northeast of Copiapó. Caldera, sightly with year-round sunshine and abundant local seafood, is also worth a look.
Playa de la Virgen is located approximately 40 km south from Caldera, just outside the small village of Puerto Viejo – once the port of Copiapó. Visitors will be pleasantly surprised by the beach's caribbean-style charm, complete with brilliant white sand and crystal-clear turquoise water. Recognized as one of Chile's best beaches, it is worth a visit no matter what the time of year.
3. Skiing in Pucon
Who wouldn't find skiing down the side of an active volcano exciting? Besides this thrill, the Ski Pucon resort is also viscerally off the charts. Nestled on the hillside of the perfectly-conical Villarica volcano, downhill enthusiasts can take in the fresh air to striking views of Lake Villarica, Lake Calafquén, the semi-distant Lanin Volcano, and a number of neighboring valleys.
The mountain's natural terrain and 1000-plus centimeters of annual snowfall, make it a playground for freeskiers and snowboarders. Brave the ascent to the top, peer down into one of the world's most active craters, and enjoy the 1640 meters of vertical drop back down to the resort below.
Service up to the mountain's 22 trails is spread out over 9 lifts. The resort offers rentals, a ski school, and both cafeteria and restaurant-style dining.
Other stories that might interest you: