San Fabián de Alico is a small rural village located at the foot of the Andean range, where most of inhabitants live off agriculture, forest livestock farming, and local tourism during summer. Contrary to the big cities such as Santiago where the real Chilean culture is disappearing, in San Fabián de Alico you will see livestock farmers called “huasos” that look elegant riding nice horses, wearing ponchos and big hats calledchupalla. San Fabián de Alico is also famous because the poet Nicanor Parra was born there.

The village is located into the biosphere reserve called Corredor Biológico Nevados de Chillán-Laguna del Laja (UNESCO recognized area), and at the entrance of the gorgeous Ñuble valle, where many natural wonders (lakes, rivers, waterfalls, mountains, hot springs, primary forests…) are still preserved from mass tourism. It is mainly a famous place for fishing tourism because of its numerous lakes and rivers.

This area is very interesting in terms of vegetation because it is a transition area between the central Andes’ evergreen forests and the southern Andes’ deciduous forests. It is also a specific place in terms of fauna because it is the habitat of the south Andean deer (Hippocamelus bisulcus), also known as the Chilean Huemul, which is an endangered species of deer native to the mountains of Argentina and Chile.

How to get there?

From Santiago to San Carlos, you can take a bus or train (4-5 hours). Then, from San Carlos to San Fabián de Alico, you can take a small local bus (1 hour) or we can go to pick you up.


All seasons are interesting and we can offer you nice activities all over the year. Summer is the best season for swimming in the rivers and lakes; autumn is also wonderful because of the vegetation colors; winter atmosphere is nice when mountains are snow-covered; and spring is also amazing as flowers are blooming, nature is waking up…

Food & accommodation?

You will probably have to stay at least 2 nights in San Fabián, and we can offer you different accomodation options:
Bungalow: Centro Turístico el Maitenal, 992206235, – Cabañas Las Percalas, 989411032 – Cabañas Los Robles, 983908355 – Cabañas Nativa, 992809984,
Residencial Villa Luz, 983405115
Camping las Luciérnagas, 997839319

As for food, we always try to get high quality and local products, and we can adapt the menus if you need special food (vegetarian for example).

Other activities

Another amazing experience you can get in San Fabián is a trip on the famous and so beautiful Ñuble river, downstream via either kayak or raft. We can organize you a safe adventure with the best guides of San Fabián.