Activities in Zapallar, Chile

Zapallar invites visitors to just state at the ocean vistas which abound throughout the town and in most hotels and rental property homes.   The Pacific Ocean is breathtaking.  Hear the sound of the waves, the smell of local flowers and the ocean, and take in the vibrant sunsets.

“La Rambla”, a very well maintained coastal path with bridges, paved sections, and incredible views of the ocean.  This path stretches (with some incomplete sections) from the cemetery to Cachagua’s beach–nearly 4hrs of marvelous walking end-to-end!

The coastline has a paved beach/coast walk-way called “la rambla” which can be walked for miles in both directions north and south of town.  At times the rambla is not complete, but safe passage along the shoreline is achieved by walking over various boulders.  If you start at the Cemetery to the north of town, you could walk for ~4hrs south through Zapallar town, to Cachagua, and onwards along the Cachagua beach until it reaches an impassable tide.

Here are some of the highlights of any visit to Zapallar.

  • The beach is always there, rain or shine
  • Walk the Rambla (walkway) around the bay of Zapallar, to the right side to Isla Seca and to the left side past Mar Bravo
  • Climb Cerro De La Cruz on the left side of bay and see the calaton (blowhole) in the rocks on the far end
  • Rock-climb Isla Seca on right side of bay
  • Stroll around the streets of town
  • Go to Mar Bravo for sunset or to see the waves when the surf is big
  • Complete the partial rock-hop-hike from Zapallar all-the-way to Cachagua, or a partial hike from the rambla north from Cachagua Beach, passing Isla de Penguinos (Penguin Island) to the small beach of Las Cujas. Continue past this beach to get to the beach of El Pangue.  This is a world-class walk with unparalleled beauty.
  • Take the walk between the Cemetery to Zapallar
  • Hike the ridgeline between Zapallar and Cachagua on the El Tigre trail.
  • Once you have been in Zapallar for a while, go to the Hotel Isla Seca and look at the fasinating old pictures of Zapallar hanging on the walls.  There are also old pictures in the hallways of the Municipalidad.
The beach of Cachagua

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