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Chile Campgrounds and Hotels

Written by Jessica on January 18, 2013

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This article is part of our Accommodation Listing series.

Los Perales (Campground)

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San Pedro de Atacama
GPS: S22 54.800 W68 12.048
Cost: CLP 5,000 per person
Date we stayed: October 29, 2012

Water & Bathroom: Yes
Showers: Hot, solar
Electricity: Yes, one plug in the kitchen
Internet: No
Kitchen: Yes
Restaurant: No
Parking: Yes

Notes: A fairly dusty place with plenty of space for tents and vehicles. Has a small covered common area with seating for six, a power plug, gas stove and refrigerator. Two blocks from the town square.

La Casa Cafe (Rental House)

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Concon (near Vina del Mar)
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GPS: S32 55.239 W71 30.918
Cost: US$500 per week
Date we stayed: November 25, 2012

Water & Bathroom: Yes
Showers: Hot
Electricity: Yes
Internet: Wifi
Kitchen: Yes
Restaurant: No
Parking: Yes

Notes: We stayed here for 10 days to catch up on some work. A short walk to the beach with a great view and blazingly fast internet. The landlord was very friendly and was able to help us out on several occasions. Parking is inside the garage for vehicles no larger than our 4Runner.

Pequeno Bosque (Campground)

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Pichilemu
GPS: S34 23.595 W72 00.754
Cost: CLP 12,000 per site
Date we stayed: December 5, 2012

Water & Bathroom: Yes
Showers: Hot
Electricity: Yes
Internet: Yes
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: No
Parking: Yes

Notes: A very friendly owner. They seem to care about noise at night, so it's a good bet this will be a quite place to spend a night. The camp sites are small, vehicles larger than our 4Runner may not fit.

Akeyan (Campground)

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Buchupuero
GPS: S36 04.341 W72 47.027
Cost: CLP 15,000 per site
Date we stayed: December 7, 2012

Water & Bathroom: Yes
Showers: Hot
Electricity: Yes
Internet: No
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: Yes
Parking: Yes

Notes: A very large campground five minutes walk from the beach. Has sinks, good grills and there was plenty of firewood nearby. The restaurant may be noisy on the weekends or if there is a party.

Nuevo El Pionero (Campground)

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Salto del Lajas
GPS: S37 12.688 W72 21.582
Cost: CLP 5,000 per tent
Date we stayed: December 10, 2012

Water & Bathroom: Yes
Showers: Hot (never tested)
Electricity: Yes
Internet: No
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: No 
Parking: Yes

Notes: A quiet campsite on a river a few minutes drive from the waterfalls. There are 20 or 30 campsites within 10 miles of the waterfalls, we chose this one because it was the least crowded. The showers were being renovated when we were here so we did not verify the owner's claim of having hot water.

Camping Lorena (Campground)

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Villarica
GPS: S39 18.005 W72 07.150
Cost: CLP 15,000 per site
Date we stayed: December 11, 2012

Water & Bathroom: Yes
Showers: Hot
Electricity: Yes
Internet: Yes
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: No
Parking: Yes

Notes: It was very windy while we were here, but the view and sunsets was quite nice. The internet reached several of the campsites nearest the reception building and was very fast.

Camping La Poza Pucon (Campground)

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Pucon
GPS: S39 16.834 W71 58.747
Cost: CLP 3,500 per person
Date we stayed: December 12, 2012

Water & Bathroom: Yes
Showers: Hot
Electricity: Yes
Internet: Yes, sometimes
Kitchen: Yes
Restaurant: No
Parking: Yes

Notes: Nice place with big grassy areas, and lots of trees. Lots of grills, and there is a nice covered common area with a small kitchen for when it rains. It's a short walk to town and the beach. Internet was very hit or miss, most of the time it did not work.

Las Gaviotas (Campground)

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Lincon Ray - Lago Calafquen
GPS: S39 30.013 W72 06.576
Cost: CLP 10,000 per site
Date we stayed: December 15, 2012

Water & Bathroom: Yes
Showers: Hot
Electricity: Yes
Internet: No
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: No 
Parking: Yes

Notes: On the lake. Likely to be crowded during the weekends, but most people seem to be picnickers. Has a few covered shelters with tables, grills and electricity.

Saltos de Nilahue (Campground)

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Saltos de Nilahue - Lago Ranco
GPS: S40 17.064 W72 10.405
Cost: CLP 3,000 per person
Date we stayed: December 16, 2012

Water & Bathroom: Yes
Showers: Hot
Electricity: Yes, in restaurant
Internet: No
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: Yes 
Parking: Yes

Notes: A nice little camping area with access to the waterfalls, surrounding by farm fields. The owner will turn on the hot water on request. Lots of cats, dogs, chickens and geese running through the camping area. There is a restaurant with a patio that we were free to use in the event of rain.

Montana (Campground)

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Ensenada - Lago Llanquihue
GPS: S41 12.447 W72 32.385
Cost: COP 15,000 per site
Date we stayed: December 17, 2012

Water & Bathroom: Yes
Showers: Hot (usually)
Electricity: Yes
Internet: Yes
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: Yes
Parking: Yes

Notes: Very windy when we were there. Luckily most covered areas also have wind breaks. Owner speaks English and is very helpful. Internet was decent, but definitely not fast. Hot showers were hit or miss.

Los Alamos (Cabanas & Campground)

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Puerto Montt
GPS: S41 32.176 W73 02.483
Cost: CLP 10,000 per site
Date we stayed: December 21, 2012

Water & Bathroom: Yes
Showers: Hot
Electricity: Yes
Internet: Yes
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: No 
Parking: Yes

Notes: About 15km southwest of Puerto Montt. There are covered picnic tables at each site and a big common area as well. Internet is fast and reaches almost all the camping area.

Parque Nacional Alerce Andino (Campground)

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Rio Lenca
GPS: S41 35.855 W72 36.053
Cost: CLP 9,000 per site
Date we stayed: December 23, 2012

Water & Bathroom: Yes
Showers: Cold
Electricity: No
Internet: No
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: No 
Parking: Yes

Notes: A beautiful camping spot on the river. Not many facilities, but there are tables and covered shelters and fire pits.

Las Gaviatas (Cabanas & Campground)

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Ancud
GPS: S41 51.908 W73 45.702
Cost: CLP 5,000 per person
Date we stayed: December 24, 2012

Water & Bathroom: Yes
Showers: Hot (on request)
Electricity: Yes
Internet: No
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: No 
Parking: Yes

Notes: A good place just a few kilometers outside Ancud. Covered areas at most camping sites, and good grass for pitching tents everywhere. There is an indoor common area with tables and a big wood fireplace. Negotiate for a better price. The cabanas are expensive and not very clean.

Los Paicos (Cabanas & Campground)

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Quellon
GPS: S43 07.316 W73 38.493
Cost: CLP 3,000 per person
Date we stayed: December 26, 2012

Water & Bathroom: Yes
Showers: Hot
Electricity: Yes
Internet: Yes
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: Yes 
Parking: Yes

Notes: Super friendly place just outside of Quellon. There are picnic tables at sites and two covered areas - there is a restaurant plus a large outdoor covered space. Great internet and amazing sunsets over Quellon. We stayed here just before taking the ferry across to Chaiten. The ferry leaves at midnight and the family let us stay all day without an extra charge.

Cara del Indio (Campground & Cabanas)

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35km west of Futaleufu
GPS: S43 22.273 W72 04.617
Cost: CLP 3,000 per person
Date we stayed: December 28, 2012

Water & Bathroom: Yes
Showers: Hot, wood fired
Electricity: Yes, only in house
Internet: No
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: No 
Parking: Yes

Notes: On a long stretch of river about 35km west of Futaleufu. Beautiful scenery. There are lots of covered areas, some at sites, others big communal areas. Plenty of space and grassy areas for tents. Watch out for the wild (domesticated) boars!

Los Coihues (Campground)

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Futaleufu
GPS: S43 11.302 W71 52.389
Cost: CLP 4,000 per person
Date we stayed: December 30, 2012

Water & Bathroom: Yes
Showers: Hot
Electricity: Yes
Internet: No
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: No
Parking: Yes

Notes: Right on the river just before town. There are no covered areas at the campsites but plenty of tables. The fishing is excellent.

La Sirena (Camping)

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Puerto Puyuhuapi
GPS: S44 19.574 W72 33.649
Cost: CLP 3,000 per person
Date we stayed: December 31, 2012

Water & Bathroom: Yes
Showers: Hot
Electricity: Yes
Internet: No
Kitchen: Wood fired stove
Restaurant: No
Parking: Yes

Notes: Covered camping spaces are small, but the family that owns the place is very friendly. They grilled an entire lamb for New Years and were nice enough to share a huge part of it with us. There are two common rooms for cooking, one with a wood fired stove you can use for heat or cooking. It's a short walk to the water.

Las Torres del Simpson (Campground)

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Between Puerto Aysen and Coyhaique
GPS: S 45 23.880 W 72 28.568
Cost: CLP 5,000 per person
Date we stayed: January 1, 2013

Water & Bathroom: Yes
Showers: Hot
Electricity: Yes
Internet: Yes (slow)
Kitchen: Yes
Restaurant: No
Parking: Yes

Notes: Amazing place, highly recommended! The owner and his wife have five greenhouses full of organic vegetables that are for sale, and they will make fresh bread on request. There is a big grassy area for camping, and a giant common area with full kitchen and fire pit. This place is also just across the road from Rio Simpson which is great for fishing! The only downside is the internet, which is via a USB modem and rarely works.

Albergue Las Salamandras (Hostel with Camping)

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Coyhaique
GPS: S45 35.048 W72 05.099
Cost: CLP 10,000 per campsite
Date we stayed: January 3, 2013

Water & Bathroom: Yes
Showers: Hot
Electricity: Yes
Internet: Yes
Kitchen: Yes
Restaurant: Yes
Parking: Yes

Notes: There are no established campsites here, but we managed to camp next to the driveway below the hostel. The hostel common area is excellent, and the kitchen features a full-sized stove, sink and fridge. Big rigs might not be able to turn around here.

Laguna Chinguay (Campground)

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Parque Nacional Cerro Castillo
GPS: S45 59.138 W71 52.912
Cost: CLP 5,000 per site
Date we stayed: January 5, 2013

Water & Bathroom: Yes
Showers: Hot, wood fired
Electricity: No
Internet: No
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: No 
Parking: Yes

Notes: On a small lake about 15 minutes before the town of Villa Cerro Castillo. A very well-maintained campground but unfortunately without wifi or power. Every site has covered shelters, multiple tables and a giant stack of firewood. Ranger is very friendly and can help start a fire for the shower and will bring more firewood if you need.

Camping Pudu (Campground)

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Puerto Rio Tranquillo
GPS: S46 37.998 W72 39.951
Cost: CLP 5,000 per person
Date we stayed: January 6, 2013

Water & Bathroom: Yes
Showers: Hot
Electricity: In office for small fee
Internet: No
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: No
Parking: Yes

Notes: A beautiful location about 1km outside of the small town of Rio Tranquillo. There are wind breaks and huge tables, but no roofed shelters. The showers are amazing, and bathrooms are spotless. The owner also sells firewood and will light up the sauna if enough people are interested.

Latitude 47 (Guesthouse)

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Cochrane
GPS: S47 15.135 W72 34.199
Cost: CLP 10,000 per person
Date we stayed: January 7, 2013

Water & Bathroom: Yes
Showers: Hot
Electricity: Yes
Internet: Wifi
Kitchen: Some rooms have a microwave, sink & kettle
Restaurant: No
Parking: On the street

Notes: After several days of freezing rain and no internet we stopped in this guest house for a little relaxation. The family here is incredibly friendly and helpful. We had trouble connecting to the wifi and they actually called the guy in town that runs the internet to come over and sit at our laptops until it was fixed. A nice place if you need to get warm and get some work done. Breakfast is included and other food is for sale.

Camping Nadis (Camping & Dorm Beds)

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Between Cochrane and Caleta Tortel
GPS: S47 29.181 W72 56.411
Cost: CLP 3,500 per person camping, CLP 7,000 per person dorm bed
Date we stayed: January 9th, 2013

Water & Bathroom: Yes
Showers: Hot
Electricity: No
Internet: No
Kitchen: Yes
Restaurant: No
Parking: Yes

Notes: Our favorite place on the Carretera! Highly recommended. Huge grassy camping area run by a friendly family. They sell fresh veggies, some of the only ones you'll find on this road out of season. There is a nice kitchen with wood-fired oven and stove and a big sink area. There is a second covered fogon with a fireplace and sink. It's on a small river (with fish!) and five minutes walk from the huge Rio Baker. Stunning scenery, mountains, rivers, and fields. I'd move here in a heartbeat. You can also buy a "Patagonia Chileana Sin Represas" sticker here. The owner told us if the dams go through as planned the entire property will be 20 meters under water. Sad.

To get here follow the Carretera about 30 miles south from Cochrane (resupply in Cochrane), then another 10km out to the farm. There is a long wooden bridge to cross that is quite narrow and has a 6 ton limit. If you are in a big rig, it's probably not going to make it.

O'Higgins Bush Camp (Camping)

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Villa O'Higgins
GPS: S 48 25.186 W 72 32.993
Cost: FREE!!
Date we stayed: January 10, 2013

Water & Bathroom: No
Showers: No
Electricity: No
Internet: No
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: No 
Parking: Yes

Notes: We don't wild camp often, but with this view, who can resist. It's on the river about five miles from town. There are two places to camp in town. But we wanted river access for fishing and well, showers are overrated anyway. There is gas in Villa O'Higgins, but it's very expensive, along with everything else in this part of Chile.

Terra Luna (Lodge with Camping and Cabanas)

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Puerto Guadal
GPS: S46 50.343 W72 41.471
Cost: CLP 5,000 per person
Date we stayed: January 14, 2012

Water & Bathroom: Yes
Showers: Hot
Electricity: Yes, in the restaurant
Internet: Yes, in the restaurant
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: Yes 
Parking: Yes

Notes: A beautiful lodge right on Lago General. The restaurant is huge and has plenty of space you can hang out an work and use the internet. There is a beach area to chill out, and lots of hike and excursions available. The sort of place you could stay for a while. The camping area is a hike from the lodge, but you can park close to where you camp. Bathrooms and showers are in a cabana, but it sounds like there are plans to build proper camping facilities.

We will update the article once we have get back into Argentina from Tierra Del Fuego.

Comments  

 
Jessicam
#4 Jessicam 2013-01-23 13:54
@Luis- I'm glad you enjoyed it there. It's in our top ten places of the whole trip for certain.
@Juergen- Kobus is troubleshooting this issue. Thanks for letting us know about it.
 
 
Lost World Luis
#3 Lost World Luis 2013-01-22 23:13
The camping at Rio Nadiz (ñadiz) was the best tip anyone has given us in our entire trip, we truly loved it there! When we got to the suspension bridge we thought you guys had played a cruel joke on us :) Gracias!
 
 
Juergen
#2 Juergen 2013-01-18 20:24
Oops - there was much more... All truncated (looks like one can't use a '& lt ;' in your comments)!
 
 
Juergen
#1 Juergen 2013-01-18 20:22
I love your camping list!
 

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