Chile is yet another sandboarding heaven in South America. In the northern part of the country, you can find the Atacama Desert, the driest desert in the world; whereas the coastal regions near Iquique, Valparaíso and Viña del Mar offer spectacular views while dune surfing at high speed.
Cerro Dragón – Iquique
This incredible dune near the port town of Iquique is known as Cerro Dragón (“Dragon Hill”) because historically it used to look like a sleeping dragon. This is the biggest urban sand dune in the world, with Iquique standing right at its base!
The slopes of Cerro Dragón come in various heights and degrees of steepness so beginners can start with the smaller ones and gradually proceed with the bigger ones as they gain confidence. There are some rather thrilling rides at this location, with dunes up to 350m tall, so prepare for an adrenaline rush:
Dunas de Concón – Viña del Mar
The Concón Dunes are a group of sand hills located in the Viña del Mar municipality, between the towns of Concón and Reñaca, and not far from Valparaíso. They are a great sandboarding spot which offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.
Death Valley – San Pedro de Atacama
Chile’s Death Valley is located in the Atacama Desert, approximately 2km away from the small town of San Pedro de Atacama in the Andes Mountains. It is also known as Mars Valley because the landscape resembles that of another planet, comprising mostly red rock formations and craters. Sandboarding can be practiced on some of the soft sand dunes, which reach up to 120 metres in height. You can rent a sandboard directly in San Pedro de Atacama and head to the valley yourself or join a guided tour.