Best time to visit Chile

Cycling in Chile

Stunning bike trails run from north to south all along the country, and on the border between Chile and Argentina

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
See accommodations nearby

Starting from the northern regions of Chile, the finest cycling trails include Putre and Parinacota. However, they require cyclists to be in good physical shape to tackle the high altitudes and unpredictable weather changes. Another amusing biking path lies through the Humberstone Saltpeter Works. A lot of cycling routes wind around the capital city of Santiago, particularly through the valleys in the countryside, the very city contains a nice biking route in the Parque Metropolitano.

A great route also lies along the border between Chile and Argentina; one may even cross the boundaries and visit Argentina in the mountains and then come back to Chile. The best southern sites to explore by bike include the area around Lake Llanquihu and Petrohué Falls overlooked by snow-capped Osorno V​olcano. Torres del Paine, as well as many other parts of Chilean Patagonia, ​are also accessible by bike. The season runs from September through May.

Practical info

What is the best time to go cycling in Chile?

From September to May is the ideal period for cycling in Chile as the climate is pleasant and the routes are open. Winters can be unfavorable, especially in higher elevations, making cycling challenging. Show more

Which areas in Chile offer the most challenging cycling terrain?

Chile's northern Atacama Desert features the toughest terrain, with high altitudes and unpredictable weather. The southern Chilean Patagonia in the region around Lake Llanquihué and Petrohué Falls is also strenuous. Cyclists must possess good physical fitness to venture out into these challenges. Show more

What level of difficulty can cyclists expect when cycling through Humberstone Saltpeter Works?

Cycling through the Humberstone Saltpeter Works in northern Chile is moderately challenging with rough terrain featuring gravel, sand, and some steep climbs. Cyclists must also protect themselves from the sun's heat as the region is one of the driest and sunniest in the world. Show more

Are there any notable biking trails in Santiago?

The Parque Metropolitano in Santiago features a helpful biking trail with scenic views of the city and surroundings. Multiple paths are available through Santiago's valleys in the countryside, offering a thrilling view of the outskirts. Show more

Which places in Chilean Patagonia make for great cycling destinations?

Biking enthusiasts can explore the southern part of Chilean Patagonia, from Lake Llanquihué and Petrohué Falls to Torres del Paine. These locations offer impressive views of snow-capped mountains, crystal clear water, and vast glaciers. Cyclists can even cross the border to Argentina and cycle through its scenic locations. Show more

Ask a question
Last updated: by Eleonora Provozin