About 4,300 km length from north to south make of Chile a geographically extremely diverse country, hosting a wide range of sceneries, from deserts to glaciers, going over beaches, the Andes, valleys… Therefore, this is a destination that has an experience for everyone. We’ll try to sum a few of our top ones here.
So, why should Chile be on the top of your bucket list?
1. It is home to the world’s driest desert, the “Atacama Desert”
It showcases stunning views of salt flats, geysers, natural hot springs, volcanoes and out-of-this-world landscapes like that of the “moon valley”, area which resembles the moon surface. All of that is topped up by the clearest skies in the world and some serious stargazing.
San Pedro de Atacama. Photo: Shutterstock.
2. The Chilean Patagonia and its immense glaciers will blow your mind
The Torres del Paine National Park, one of its most iconic protected areas, features immense glaciers like the Grey, and pristine lakes, such as lake Nordenskjöld. The Chilean Patagonia also gives away unique views on icebergs, mountains, intensely colored turquoise waters and picturesque towns like Puerto Varas.
Torres del Paine National Park. Photo: Shutterstock.
3. Few places are more intriguing than Easter Island, PLUS, it’s also gorgeous
More than 1000 stone statures from the Rapa Nui culture known as “moais” are waiting for you on this island full of breathtaking scenery. Here, your imagination will be highly stimulated, as the real origin behind these sculptures is yet unknown. According to the legend, 7 of the statues represent the first explorers of Rapa Nui, which were sent by King Hotu Matua. The archeological treasures scattered about the island are framed by amazing geography, from white sand beaches to craters and lava formations. You can horseback ride or hike to explore this destination, but, heads up, there’s also a whole underwater world to explore.
Easter Island. Photo: Shutterstock.
4. Santiago and their neighbor coastal towns of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar
There is always something going on in the capital of Chile, Santiago, especially in its downtown and financial district. You’ll also get a great panoramic view of the city with a fantastic backdrop, from the San Cristobal hill. Santiago’s surroundings are also worth visiting, especially the coastal towns of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar (connected by a coastal road featuring beautiful views). During winter, there are also some great ski resorts just about an hour away from the city.
Santiago de Chile. Photo: Shutterstock.
5. And, of course, Chile has some world-class wine!!!
While you are there, seize the opportunity to visit any of the most re-known wineries nearby Santiago. Day trips to Maipo Valley, Casablanca, or Colchagua Valley, having a taste of some of the best wines in the world is a perfect way to round-up your Chilean experience.
Wineries near Santiago. Photo: Shutterstock.