Founded in the 1930s, this village has become a popular destination for tourists looking to enjoy nature and outdoor sports. While the area is primarily a ski resort, there is plenty to do in Farellones year-round – especially if you’re interested in getting outside for some recreation activities.
When travelers from Switzerland and Norway first brought ski gear to Chile in the 1930s, the village rapidly grew around the new sport. Now, Farellones and nearby El Colorado offer more than 62 individual runs – with 11 for beginners, 6 for intermediates, 33 for experienced skiers, and 12 for experts. The ski resort is especially popular with families and beginners, during the months between June and October.
Beyond just skiing in the South American Andes, visitors to Farellones can enjoy snow trekking, hiking, snowboarding, horseback riding, and photography. Yerba Loca Nature Sanctuary, which extends from the top of La Paloma Hill, features scenic trails through stunning hanging glaciers. Still, the laid back atmosphere of Farellones is also great for tourists who just want to relax and enjoy the cool, snowy weather.
For tourists interested in learning more about the area’s history, the nearby Casa de Piedra de Farellones provides an opportunity to explore a structure believed to have been built by the late Neolithic Aconcagua people and used as a temporary refuge during hunting expeditions. There are also plenty of remnants of the ancient Inca road system, which passed through the Chilean Andes.
Hostels and hotels book up quickly here, as there are many tourists who come to Farellones to take advantage of the area’s fantastic recreation opportunities. However, the hotels and hostels here are reasonably priced and full of friendly locals who are more than willing to offer tips and advice to foreigners looking to explore.
Transportation around this area is limited, but shuttles are available to bring tourists from the airport to their hostel or hotel in Farellones.
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