Chile is home to several different climates, each offering something special. The southwest region of Chile is home to the Selva Valdiviana, or the Valdivian Temperate Forest, which has monkey puzzle trees, called araucarias, as well as alerces, one of the oldest-growing trees in the world.
The Selva Valdiviana is also the rainforest closest to Antarctica. It’s considered a biodiverse, ancient forest that thrives in cold climates, as opposed to northern South America’s Amazon rainforest, which thrives in hot temperatures.
There are four incredible destinations to visit if you’re interested in experiencing the Selva Valdiviana for yourself. Valdivia is a city in southern Chile that offers plenty of opportunities to get outside and get active. This city also has some great breweries, as well as the Valdivia Riverside Market. It makes for a great starting point for a visit to this region of Chile.
The Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve is a unique ecotourism initiative because it offers accommodations within the reserve, including a hotel that resembles a mountain as well as a giant treehouse. Waterfalls, ziplining and skiing are only some of the attractions to enjoy in this cold-weather destination.
Another great place to enjoy all the outdoor activities and hiking experiences is the Villarrica National Park, the main attraction of which is its seventeen hot springs that offer perfect opportunities to relax after a long day spent exploring, biking or mountain climbing.
Lastly, Mocha Island has a more mystical side to the temperate region. Mapuche legends say that the island off the coast is where the souls of the dead go to rest. Today, the island is a national reserve with both beaches and temperate rainforests.
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