Things To Do In Chile

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There are so many things to do in Chile.. Here you can find the best places to go and things to do for your visit to Chile. Options are limitless with both indoor and outdoor activities. Whether you are into arts and culture, sports, beaches, thermal spas and rejuvenation, or world class wine tours, it will probably be impossible to pack it all into one trip. Here are some suggestions to make your trip fun and interesting.

ART AND CULTURE OF CHILE

Chile’s culture is very rich and is has been significantly influenced by the European heritage that prevails in the cultural structure of the country. Chile has always been and continues to be one of the most progressive countries in America in the field of art and culture. Chile’s culture is also largely affected by the physical diversities of the country, which ranges from towering volcanoes, deserts, beaches, lakes and forests. The Nobel Prize winners Pablo Neruda and Gabriel Mistral, the two legendary masters of literature are from Chile. The museums displaying the creations of these masters are the pride of the natives.

Museo Ralli in Chile

Vitacura, Santiago Metropolitan Region

The Ralli Museum of Santiago is part of a private non-profit organization dedicated to promoting Latin American contemporary art and has one of the most complete collections in the world.

This is one of the smaller museums in Chile that houses modern art. One of the highlights to note are the six to eight original sculptures by Salvador Dali

Museo de la Moda (Museum of Fashion)

Vitacura, Santiago Metropolitan Region

The Museum was founded with the legacy of family Yarur Bascuñán, focused in the 1950s and 1960. Through donations and acquisitions in international auctions, this inheritance was expanded, allowing for an expansive collection of clothing, textiles and sportswear, ranging from the 5th century, b.c., to the present day.

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes Santiago

Santiago Metropolitan Region

One of the major art galleries in Chile and South America, the Museum of Fine Arts was established in 1880 making it the oldest in South America.

It was designed by the French-Chilean architect Emile Jecquier in a full-blown Beaux-arts style and is situated in the Parque Forestal of Santiago. Behind it is located the Museum of Contemporary Art (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo) of the University of Chile, in which is also located the old School of Fine Arts (Escuela de Bellas Artes).

Valparaiso Chile

Valparaiso Region, Central Chile

Affectionately known to locals as ‘Valpo’, this city is on the Pacific coast of Central Chile just 120km west of the capital, Santiago.

The city is widely known for its bohemian culture, brightly colored houses, and beautiful seaside views.Every corner, every nook offers something different and new: a clothing flea market, a gigantic mural, a purple house, a rustic restaurant with unobstructed views of the ocean, and cafes…

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BEACHES OF CHILE

With more than 2,500 miles of coastline, Chile has some of the world’s most exotic beaches. The beautiful beaches along the blue and turquoise seawater have been compared to the Caribbean and offer the opportunity to enjoy a perfect vacation on the side of the Pacific Ocean.

Cifuncho Beach

Antofagasta Region, Northern Chile

Tourists can reach this beach very easily as it is situated very close to Taltal, Antofagasta. Because of its beautiful beaches and convenient location, Cifuncho is becoming one of the major tourist attractions in Chile. The mild waves, the crystal clear water, white sand, and the turquoise blue hue of the water are spellbinding…

Playa La Virgen Atacama

Atacama Region, Northern Chile

Playa la Virgen is a caribbean-style beach in the Atacama Desert known for its clear turquoise water and blinding white sand.

A rock formation that naturally simulates the image of the Virgin Mary gave this secluded beach its name and the locals believe she protects the area…

Bahía Inglesa Beach and Playa Blanca

Atacama Region, Northern Chile

Bahía Inglesa is a seaside resort with beautiful turquoise waters and white sands. Located in the Bay of Bahía Inglesa, it is just 6 miles south of Caldera and it is home to one of the most amazing beaches in the country. Visitors will find some of the most attractive beaches of Chile here such as Playa Las Piscinas, Playa El Chuncho y Playa Blanca with spectacular scenic backdrops of the great bay and the imposing Morro Ballena…

Anakena Beach Easter Island

Easter Island, Valparaiso Region

It is very unfair that this beautiful beach in Chile is more than five hours by plane. Anakena Beach has breathtaking beaches, turquoise colored water, perfect temperatures (slightly cooler than warm), and lush green valleys and forests. In the back, you can see the Nau Nau Ahu, with the Easter Island Statues, moais.. A great location for long walks in the soft white sand, this wonderful beach is surrounded by a beautiful coconut tree forest…

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OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES IN CHILE

Chile is a country blessed by nature both with wonderful forests, mountains, rivers, the ocean and glaciers. Some of the most popular activities include Skiing, Trekking, Climbing, Hiking, Water sports, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Eco tours and much more.

Cajón del Maipo

Cajón del Maipo, Santiago Metropolitan Region
(Trekking, Hiking, Swimming, Camping, Biking, Horseback Riding, Kayaking, White Water Rafting, Eco-Tourism and more…)

Cajón del Maipo (canyon of the Maipo River) is a beautiful canyon located deep in the Andes within Santiago’s Metropolitan Region just an hour and a half outside the city. The main town is San José de Maipo. This serene area draws many people from the capital who are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the week. For those who want to soak in a natural hot spring, stroll through picturesque mountain villages and rediscover nature this is the place. Outdoor activities and sports abundant – trekking, hiking, swimming, camping, biking, backpacking, horseback riding, kayaking, white water rafting, eco-tourism and wine tours…

Viña Viu Manent Horseback

Santa Cruz, Colchagua Valley, O’Higgins Region
(Horseback Riding)

Viña Viu Manent boasts a certified equestrian club, and they offer a 45-minute tour through their vineyards or a 1-hour ride from their vineyards in Peralillo to a spectacular lookout point. The rides are led by professional riding guides who are members of the club, and they also offer a 1-hour professional lesson…

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POPULAR ATTRACTIONS IN CHILE

There are many popular attractions in Chile that surprise many visitors. Chile is country of natural splendors, history, arts and culture.

The Atacama Desert is the most popular tourist attraction in Chile second to only Eastern Island. The Atacama Desert is the highest and driest desert in the world. It’s so massive that you could literally spend an entire week exploring the area. Given Chile’s vertical length, each region is unique and beautiful and offers its own variety of popular attractions.

Atacama Desert

Antofagasta Region, Northern Chile

Probably the most popular tourist attraction in Chile second to Eastern Island. The Atacama Desert is the highest and driest desert in the world. The Atacama covers a 600-mile strip on Chile’s Pacific coast, and receives very little rain because of the Andes mountains to its East. Unique rock formations will leave you speechless the entire time you are there; Valle de la Luna (moon valley), Death Valley, and Dinosaur Valley, just to name a few. Given its unique landscape and features, you could literally spend an entire week exploring the area…

San Pedro de Atacama

El Loa, Antofagasta Region, Northern Chile

Considered the gate to the Atacama Desert it has been continuously inhabited for some 10,000 years, San Pedro de Atacama was coveted by the Tihuanaco and Inca empires for its mineral wealth and importance as a crossroads of desert commerce. Today, it’s home to dozens of archaeological sites, a museum, access to the Altiplano’s massive salt flats, and the Valle de la Luna making San Pedro one of Chile’s top tourist destinations…

Santiago, The Capital City

Santiago Metropolitan Region

Most tourist attractions in Chile start in Santiago since all major flights arrive through the capital city. This ultra-modern capital can rival any of the first-world cities of the world. Santiago is the engine that keeps Chile running since the government, financial sector and cultural centers are centralized here. There are many sightseeing activities in Santiago along with modern hotels, up and coming restaurants, a bustling nightlife and nearby beaches, ski resorts and wine country…

Pucon Chile

Pucon, Araucanía Region, Southern Chile

Pucón is a small touristy town in the middle of the southern Lake District in the Araucanía Region 500 miles (780 km) to the south of Santiago. Due to its privileged natural surroundings, a volcano, several lakes and nature reserves Pucon is a popular destination for tourists…

San Rafael Glacier

Magallanes Region, Southern Chile

As one of the major outlet glaciers of the Northern Patagonian Ice Field in southern Chile, the San Rafael Glaciar is located within the Laguna San Rafael National Park. The glacier is accessible only by boat or plane… Read more

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SPORTS ACTIVITIES IN CHILE

World class resorts in the Chilean Andes offer many possibilities for skiing and snowboarding. Several of Chile’s best ski resorts are within a one to two day trip distance from Santiago and there are a wide variety of trails. It’s best to go midweek if you can to avoid the crowds. Ski season runs from June to October.

Skiing in Chile

World class resorts in the Chilean Andes offer many possibilities for skiing and snowboarding. It’s no wonder that skiing aficionados from around the globe head to Chile. Savvy skiers can take to the slopes between June and September when everyone in the Northern Hemisphere is hitting the beach.

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Surfing in Chile

Visitors can surf almost year round in Chile and some continue even during the the cold winter months of June through August. The period between March and May is the optimal time for surfing in Chile, not only because of the relatively comfortable weather, but also because the waves tend to get bigger and the crowds of local vacationers and international tourists at Chile’s beaches tend to dissipate as the summer high-season winds down.

Since the 70′s, Surfing in Chile has become increasingly popular in the international spotlight for its consistency, infinity of spots, huge, perfect waves, and crowds. For those looking to embark on a surfing adventure, the country can be separated roughly into three big regions.

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Hydrospeeding in Chile

Also known as riverboarding or whitewater streaming, hydrospeeding in Chile is a new adventurous and exciting activity with direct contact with the water. Equipped with a water sled and flippers, you get to feel the thrill of the rapids, swimming the whitewater current.

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HOT SPRINGS IN CHILE

Today there are more than 275 hot springs registered in Chile many of which are connected to spas, hotels and ski resorts. They range from sources located at sea level, to others situated on top the mountains, over 3000 meters in height. Some of them are very small and others real tourist attractions.

Termas de Mamiña

Northern Chile

Located at 84 miles (135 km) to the east of Iquique and trapped between the Andes mountains, these termas are high above the valley Mamiña providing an extraordinary view. You can enjoy hot waters at 55°C (131°F) in tubs and pools of thermal water…

Termas de Puritama

Northern Chile

The Puritama Hot Springs, otherwise known as “hot water” are located in a mountainous tube with a great natural beauty in the heart of the Atacama desert (33 km to the northeast of San Pedro de Atacama)…

Baños Morales Hot Springs

Central Chile

Located in Cajón del Maipo 40 km from San Jose de Maipo and southeast of Santiago. The thermal tubs, mud and steam baths can be alternated with long excursions and mountain trekking. Accommodations are offered by a hostel. A camp site is also available…

Termas de Geométricas

Southern Chile, Los Rios Region

Located in a ravine through the mountain are17 slate and geometrical covered pools of natural hot springs waters that flow in plenty along a mountain stream, in the middle of the Villarrica National Park in Chile’s southern lake country, 450 miles south of Santiago.

Visitors can stroll along a wooden footbridge and disperse to find a hidden pool to take a bath alone, or in good company with plenty of space to share or contemplate the wild natural surroundings. Here there are both hot and cold thermal pools…

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WINE TOURS IN CHILE

Wine production in Chile is centuries old resulting from its introduction by early Spanish settlers in the mid-sixteenth century. The arrival of the 80′s brought the recognition of Chilean wines, and Chile rocketed to the top of the wine lists, where it has stayed ever since.

Here are some popular wine tours to check out during your visit to Chile.

Viña Concha y Toro

Pirque, Maipo Valley, Santiago Metropolitan Region

The Wine Tourist Center of Concha y Toro is the principal winemaking attraction of Santiago and it’s located a privileged area for the production of world-quality wines. The center is located less than an hour from the city. Founded in 1883, it is now one of the most important wineries in the world…

Viña Casa Silva

San Fernando, Colchagua Valley, O’Higgins Region

Viña Casa Silva is the oldest and most traditional in the Colchagua Valley, and recognized as one of the most beautiful in Chile. The blend between modernity and antiquity makes this one of the more popular vineyards to visit in Colchagua… Read more

Viña Montes, Apalta Winery and Vineyards

Santa Cruz, Colchagua Valley, O’Higgins Region

The first activities at Montes vineyard began in 1987. Two partners with great illusions, Aurelio Montes and Douglas Murray, both holding long-standing experience in the wine industry, were certain Chile could improve on the quality it was producing at the time…

Viña Viu Manent

Santa Cruz, Colchagua Valley, O’Higgins Region

Viña Viu Manent is a Chilean winery owned by the Viu family. It was founded in 1935 when the Catalonian immigrant Miguel Viu-García and his two sons Agustín and Miguel Viu-Manent founded Bodegas Viu in Santiago de Chile. They bottled and sold wine on the local market under the “Vinos Viu” brand…

Viña Casa Lapostolle, Clos Apalta Winery

Santa Cruz, Colchagua Valley, O’Higgins Region

Vina Casa Lapostolle was founded by the Marnier Lapostolle family from France and the Rabat family from Chile in 1994, through Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle, her husband Cyril de Bournet and Don José Rabat Gorchs. Today, Casa Lapostolle is 100% owned by the Marnier-Lapostolle group. The Marnier Lapostolle family, founders and owners of the world-renowned liqueur Grand Marnier, are known for producing spirits and liqueurs, but the family has been also involved in winemaking for generations…

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