Huge strip of land of 756 950 km², Chile runs along the Pacific Ocean over 4,300 km from north to south. It is bordered on the north by Bolivia and Peru and to the east on 5,150 km by Argentina along the Andes.
Unlike its Peruvian and Brazilian neighbors, Chile has been slow to realize the potential of its waves. Surfing is a relatively new sport, which implies that there is still little infrastructure dedicated to learning the discipline. Going on a surf trip in Chile is therefore rather reserved for intermediate and experienced levels!
That being said, the country's surface leaves a vast choice of spots and the waves are there all year round. To each its at amosphere, between the desert climate of the north, the Mediterranean climate of the center and the polar climate of the South Ocean. Not to mention the mountains located south of Santiago, the capital, which make Chile a destination of choice for lovers of skiing!
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In Chile, surf spots are very diverse, leaving wave hunters a wide choice. We could classify them into three groups according to their region of belonging.
To the north, the bottoms are rocky and the waves powerful. There is in particular the spot of El Gringo, very famous since its revelation to the general public by the Rip Curl Search in 2007. Going down a little, the left ones of Puertecillo as well as the spots of the desert of Atacama will also delight the experienced riders . The center offers the most accessible spots in the country because they are located near the capital Santiago de Chile. The coast offers mainly point breaks on the left which work practically all the year. The most famous spot is La Serena, a small seaside resort where the inhabitants of the capital come to escape. The conditions are favorable for beginners and intermediate levels, you can rent boards and take courses on the beach. Otherwise, the most famous spot in the area is Totoralillo.
For the most experienced surfers, head to the south of the country to access the spots of Puntilla and Pinta Lobos in Pichilemu. This is the place where we find the best surf conditions in the country and often waves of size. As proof, Red Bull often encourages wholesale surfers to face it. The water is of course much colder and the premises less welcoming: it takes a certain level of surfing and a great motivation to venture there.
In Chile, prices are on average 40% cheaper than in France for transport, accommodation and food. The main cost of the trip will be the plane ticket. There are many hostels and guesthouses at affordable prices and public transport is extremely well organized, secure and reliable. The Panamerican follows the coast and allows travelers to navigate from one surf spot or surfing area to another within hours. Departure and arrival times are clearly indicated and respected. For more freedom, it is possible to rent a car. The roads are well maintained but beware of the distances: the journeys are sometimes very long! As for food, the popular restaurants offer very good meat or fish dishes. Do not miss the Cazuela, a beef or chicken dish with pumpkin, corn and potato served in a hot broth.
With its desert to the north, white sandy beaches along the Pacific, wine regions, volcanoes, reliefs in the Andes Cordillera, fjords and glaciers, Chile is a beautiful country that shows very different faces from North to south. To the north, explore the dunes of the Atacama desert, stroll through the rocks of the valley of the moon, observe the stars in the heart of the village of San Pedro, go to admire the geysers at sunrise and go to meet the llamas and alpacas in the desert plains. In the center, enjoy the seaside life, visit the port city so rich in Valparaiso culture, explore the valleys and taste the local pisco. To the south, climb the Villarica volcano in Pucon, go down the slopes of the Andes Mountains in snowboarding or skiing, join the icy plains and turquoise lakes of Torres del Paine National Park or catch a plane to Easter Island . Then head for Patagonia and join Punta Arenas to discover the Strait of Magellan, its ships, cargo ships and penguins.