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.
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 |
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
|North of Porvenir |
North of Porvenir. Rough camp near Lago Turbio (Dec '07).
gps: -53.09660, -70.25043
|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
|Rio Rubens |
Rio Rubens. Good spot for rough camping along a river (Jan '08).
gps: -52.03332, -71.94457
|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
|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
|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
|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
|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
|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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