Overland Camping in Chile


Chile proved an ultimate country for overland camping and that’s all we did. No homestays, no hotels, just camping – rough camping. No paid campsites and only a few parking lots.

We felt safe, we had all the space in the world, sharing it often only with wildlife, and loved the variety of Chile’s landscape.

Here’s a photo selection of our camps and an overview with GPS waypoints.

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Camping next to the Puchuldiza Geysers, Chile’s Altiplano
Rough camp on the altiplano of north Chile
Rough Camp with view of Torres del Paine
Camping on the flats of Ushuaia
Camping in the Ghost Town of Agua Calientes
Remote campsite in south Chile

Drinking Water – From the Tap vs Water Filter

Because of the heat (well, in part of the country, that is), you’ll need to make sure to stay dehydrated. Please do the environment a favor and don’t buy plastic bottles. Bring a stainless-steel water bottle and a water filter system. 

There is an amazing selection of small, handy, water filter systems out there, such as MSR water filters or, even smaller, a SteriPen or Lifestraw. Or carry water purification tablets if weight and space really are a big issue (we do so on our long-distance hikes).

GPS Waypoints of Campgrounds & Overland Camps in Chile

Let there be no misunderstanding: no, you don’t have to go to these places. No, these are not by definition the best spots. After having traveled in South America for so long we realize that it’s no problem here to find your own beautiful spots for camping.

We decided to continue the page anyway, for travelers who would like some tips about camping spots which we enjoyed or found practical. Please note that this is always our personal experience.

You can also check out iOverlander, where you can see where other overlanders spent the night (and add your own recommended spots!).

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East of Porvenir: -53.341820, -69.525530
North of Porvenir: -53.096600, -70.250430
Lago Deseado: -54.372470, -68.764170
Rio Rubens: -52.033320, -71.944570
Torres del Paine National Park: -50.972880, -72.730550
Torres del Paine National Park: -50.964770, -72.867300
Chile Chico: -46.538820, -71.715870
Ruta 265: -46.745480, -72.520100
Ruta X-728, towards glacier Exploradores: -46.476200, -73.197850
Bahia Murta: -46.463170, -72.674180
About 70 kms northeast of Bahia Murta: -46.159370, -72.298030
From Coihaque: -45.570870, -72.069600
Ruta 7, just before Puenta Picaflor: -44.953920, -72.155550
Puerto Cisnes: -44.733070, -72.682500
Lago Rosselot National Park: -44.471500, -72.562100
Thermas Amarillos: -45.996420, -72.442220
Santa Barbara: -42.853580, -72.799150
Osorno: -40.577400, -73.105650
Niebla: -39.398230, -73.215430
Puerto Fuy: -39.871520, -71.888720
Choshuenco: -39.839450, -72.086930
Ruta 5, near Loncoche: -39.354350, -72.578150
El Conguillio National Park: -38.641050, -71.704220
Loberia: -38.625280, -73.487270
Ruta 5, a few kms north of Talca: -35.379020, -71.601630
Ruta 75, 16 km north of Santiago: -33.315800, -70.705500
Santiago: -33.424800, -70.563330
6 kms south of Talangate: -33.717800, -70.925180
Vicuña 1: -30.031480, -70.669180
Vicuña 2: -30.036380, -70.717320
La Serena: -29.935400, -71.281830
Reserva National Lago Miscanti: -23.737920, -67.792320
San Pedro de Atacama: -22.913450, -68.198730
Calama, Automovil Club de Chile: -22.468900, -68.923900
Chiu Chiu: -22.342950, -68.648330
Caspana: -22.332300, -68.213680
Tatio Geysers: -22.329820, -68.011120
Salar de Ascotán: -21.478150, -68.393580
Iquique: -20.402870, -70.161250
Colchane, border Bolivia: -19.276680, -68.635570
Caraguano in National Park Isluga Vulcano: -19.234900, -68.792300
Pisagua Nuevo: -19.588280, -70.205750
Quebrada de Aroma: -19.807470, -69.677250
Ariquilda: -19.617400, -69.479400
Geysers of Puchildiza: -19.413120, -68.960070
Thermal baths Chusmiza: -19.683070, -69.176550
Pintados: -20.622430, -69.662570
Pozo Almonte: -20.258980, -69.786550
Salar de Huasco: -20.275770, -68.887170
Playa Machas, Arica: -18.438640, -70.305530
Valley of Copaquilla: -18.399180, -69.630720
Aguas Calientes: -17.718240, -69.821520
Visviri: -17.594270, -69.481440
Parinacota: -18.201930, -69.268390
Hot springs of Churiguaya: -18.344360, -69.175750
Salar de Surire: -18.805740, -69.048150
Salar de Surire: -18.912670, -68.998660
Caleta Victor: -18.748360, -70.337630
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East of Porvenir
East of Porvenir. Beautiful coast road along Bahía Intutil, with a good spot for rough camping underneath the only trees along this route (Dec '07).
gps: -53.34182, -69.52553
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North of Porvenir
North of Porvenir. Rough camp near Lago Turbio (Dec '07).
gps: -53.09660, -70.25043
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Lago Deseado
Lago Deseado. Eighty kms south of Lago Bahio, near border crossing Radman, lies Lago Deseado. An incredible beautiful area to drive and to camp (Dec '07).
gps: -54.37247, -68.76417
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Rio Rubens
Rio Rubens. Good spot for rough camping along a river (Jan '08).
gps: -52.03332, -71.94457
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Torres del Paine National Park
Torres del Paine National Park, outside the entrance. Good spot for rough camping, with a view of the Towers  (Dec '07).
gps: -50.97288, -72.73055
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Torres del Paine National Park
Torres del Paine National Park. Camping los Torres. Everywhere in the park you're allowed to park for free. This spot was a good starting place for our trekkings. We used the hot shower of the campsite (Dec '07)
gps: -50.96477, -72.86730
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Chile Chico
Chile Chico. This village on the Argentinean border is beautifully situated along the lake. A good town to do your shopping before starting out on the Carretera Austral. Camping on the pebbly beach of the lake is nice (Feb '08).
gps: -46.53882, -71.71587
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Ruta 265
Ruta 265. Amazingly scenic drive along the lake. Finding a place to rough camp can be difficult because a large part is fenced off for cattle. Still we found this nice spot (Feb '08).
gps: -46.74548, -72.52010
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Ruta X-728, towards glacier Exploradores
Ruta X-728, towards glacier Exploradores. Fantastic valley to drive through (60 kms). It's a side-road of the Carretera Austral, west of Puerto Río Tranquilos (Feb '08).
gps: -46.47620, -73.19785
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Bahia Murta
Bahia Murta. Good spot for rough camping on the edge of the village (Feb '08).
gps: -46.46317, -72.67418
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14 thoughts on “Overland Camping in Chile”

  1. 25 KM north of the Copec station in North La Serena, tonnes of wild camping next to the ocean with wifi signals.

    5 KM sorth of the Copec station in Coquimbo, tonnes of wild camping next to the ocean with wifi signals. Showers and camping at that Copec too.

  2. You are both amazing and as usual we have enjoyed your post. Thanks for the incredible camping resources in Chile. We will be riding Chile in December and this info will be fantastic.

    Best regards,

    Daniel & Sara

  3. Hey guys,
    We’re just starting off our one year trip Santiago-Cartagena-Ushuaia-Santiago with our brand new 1999 Kia Ceres 🙂
    Is there a way I can download all your waypoints at once (in KML of GPX) so I can load them to my GPS device?
    BTW, I’m an OpenStreetMapper, so if you would like some of the info you collect to be shared through that platform, I could help out with that.

    • I’m Sorry Joost, but we don’t have a complete file for you to download. You could save them one by one by clicking on the KML icon. We made this page more as a page you could download and keep just in case, not as a driving guide and a must follow route with stopping points. Hope you have a great time, and for sure we will meet on the road. Keep a look out for our yellow Land Cruiser!

      • Looking forward to meeting people who make our trip seem short : )

        I wasn’t exactly planning to follow in your very footsteps (we do not plan, at all). Idea was more to load it into my GPS so when looking for a nice place to sleep in the evening, your experience would be one of the things to help pick a spot.

  4. Hi Karin and Coen,
    were most of these places paid campsites? Would you recommend Chile or any other South American countries for rough camping without our own transport?
    Thinking of just taking a lightweight tent with a tramping bag.


    • Joel, if I don’t mention a price you may assume we didn’t pay. I think rough camping is the best there is, but I think you’ll find it much easier in Chile and Argentina than e.g. in Andean countries. Chileans and Argentineans are used to camping because they have their own camping culture whereas the Andean cultures don’t and you have to be more careful (or ask permission from a nearby village chief) before pitching your tent. Having said that, I can’t say whether rough camping options are doable when depending on public transport as we have no experience with that whatsoever (are their buses into the middle of nowhere, or do you need to take a taxi, e.g.). Hope that helps.

  5. Thanks for sharing your experience. We (my girlfriend and I) arrive in Chile in early May 2015 and will be in the country for 2-3 months, returning to Australia early August. We are planning to buy a campervan or 4×4 camper-wagon so we can travel through the country and chasing waves from Santiago to Arica and everywhere inbetween.

    Hopefully, IF we can find a suitable car, we will be able to find some of these nice spots and maybe add some new ones too. A friend of mine made a website which is designed for shareable and imbedded geo-blogging and custom mapping for these sorts of purposes. The link, if anyone is interested, is http://gocart.cc/

    We’ve just finished up a 9 month, 26,000km+ trip around Australia with our custom converted camper 4×4 Mitsubishi Delica van. We loved the trip and the freedom of having our own vehicle and saving money having our own accommodation – so it would be great to do it again in Chile! 🙂


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