A narrow river courses between steeply sloping verdant hills with a glacier visible in the distance.

Monumento Natural El Morado

Beyond San Gabriel, where the Río Yeso joins the Maipo and the paved road ends, it’s 23 kilometers farther to one of the canyon’s finest excursions, a taste of the high Andes at Monumento Natural El Morado.

Blue misty mountain peaks fading into the distance with a mountain peak in the foreground.

Parque Nacional La Campana near Viña del Mar

Noteworthy for a network of integrated hiking trails that cross ridges and scale summits with spectacular views from the Pacific to the summit of Aconcagua (across the border in Argentina), Parque Nacional La Campana is also a historic site.

Moss grows on a bulging knot along the trunk of a larch tree.

Visiting Chile’s Parque Pumalín

Parque Pumalín is a 317,000-hectare private nature reserve straddling the highway north of Chaitén. Find out more about the park including flora, geography, sights, and recreational opportunities.

A wide verdant swath snakes through the rocky terrain of Capitol Reef.

The Life and Landcape of Capitol Reef National Park

For those interested in spotting creatures like kangaroo rats, Rocky Mountain toads, and perhaps even black bears, as well as sandstone cliff phenomena like desert varnish, Capitol Reef National Park is the place to be. Bill McRae and Judy Jewell share interesting facts about the wildlife, vegetation, and geology of the park.