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Alternative Activities in Chile

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Bearing in mind the two most popular sports in the country, there will be many who are gearing up for the new domestic soccer season, or contemplating their March Madness picks for the USA’s premier college basketball tournament. However, there’s a growing number enjoying pursuits whose stock has risen in Chile. This article takes a little look at just three of them.

Mountain-biking

Chile is home to some of the most stunning landscapes in South America – from the Atacama Desert to the Andes Mountains – which offer plenty of trails and routes for riders of all levels to explore. The best time to go is during the summer months (December through February), when you can expect dry weather and warm temperatures ideal for outdoor activities. Before embarking on your adventure, make sure to check local regulations, and that you have all the necessary gear and equipment, such as a helmet, gloves, bike shorts, and a hydration pack. Additionally, be aware of any potential hazards, like wildlife or extreme weather conditions, that may arise while biking in Chile’s remote areas.

Skateboarding

Recently, The Chilean government has taken steps to promote skateboarding by investing in public skate parks and providing grants for private ones. Some of the best in the whole of South America can be found in Santiago, with plenty of ramps and obstacles for all levels, while there are also many street spots around the city that offer unique challenges for more experienced skaters. Outside of the capital, there are numerous other cities and towns also worth checking out. Valparaiso, for example, is known for its steep hills and winding streets, making it an ideal spot for downhill skating; in Concepcion you can find plenty of ledges and rails to grind on; and if you’re looking for something more extreme, head south to Patagonia where you can find some incredible mountain trails perfect for longboarding or freeriding.

Rugby

Rugby has seen a surge in popularity in Chile over the last few years. This is largely due to the efforts of the Chilean Rugby Federation, which was founded in 1988 and has since been working hard to promote the sport throughout the country. It organizes various tournaments and events, including the annually held National Championship, and has also established several youth programs that aim to introduce children to rugby. Furthermore, with increased media coverage of international matches, Chilean players are now also able to gain recognition on an global level.

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