Altavista Trail out of Villa O’Higgins, Chile

trip report by BestHike editor Rick McCharles

There are 3 hikes promoted out of Villa O’Higgins.

Most popular is the short Mirador (Viewpoint) Trail taking you up above town.

Few do the Altavista Trail. On a perfect day I saw only 3 other hikers.

To find the trailhead walk out of town and over the bridge.

Oddly, in 2019, you had to climb over a fence to get to the signed trailhead.

The trail winds up and along the Mayer river. Easy going.

On a clear day there are terrific views to surrounding pristine wilderness.

As skies were starting to cloud up, I stopped at the second and final viewpoint marked on the route. El Loco.

Back at the bridge I bumped into some folks from Argentina who’d I’d met on a previous hike. They drove me back to Villa O’Higgins. Nice.

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