For travelers, Chile has become a very popular tourist destination, and it’s not hard to understand why since Chile offers so much. It has tourist sights for all tastes. Chile has the largest north to south reach of any country in the world with 4,350 kilometers (2,700 miles) of coastline, which encompasses so many unique geographical features. There is no shortage of nature with plenty of beaches, mountains, and countryside not to mention some of the best restaurants, hotels and the finest wines in the world.
There are few countries where you can trek through primordial rainforests, ascend some of the world’s highest peaks, kayak pristine lakes and fjords, raft one of the world’s top-rated rivers, mountain bike on hushed country lanes lined with tall poplar trees, ski or snowboard where the powder lasts for days, climb a smoking volcano, or trek across the Patagonian pampa.
Chile has something for everyone, which is one of the reasons why more and more tourists are choosing this beautiful country. It has magnificent holiday opportunities for everything from a desert themed vacation in Chile’s northern reaches, the Atacama, to the breathtaking landscape of southern Patagonia’s glaciers. With so many natural wonders, travel options are abundant – a week of relaxation by the seaside, or an energetic break hiking, skiing, climbing, kayaking or touring some of the most magnificent vineyards in the Central Valley.
Today, Chile is seemingly the most developed South American country and the capital city, Santiago, presents a mixture of first world modern infrastructure and old world charm. The spectacular backdrop of the Andes looming high above the city is home to a number of ski resorts all within two hours driving time. And just 2 hours west of Santiago takes you to the charming port of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar, one of Chile’s most fashionable beach resorts. Surrounding the city on three sides is Chilean wine country which has become a new frontier for wine lovers.
Come and explore some of the top destinations in Chile. This growing destination offers haunting reminders of lost civilizations, surreal desert and mountain landscapes, award winning wines and seafood, and one of the most cosmopolitan cities in South America.
Here is a breakdown of the top destinations in Chile..
Northern Chile is made up of two main regions — the Norte Chico (‘little north’) and the Norte Grande, also known as the ‘far north’ or the ‘great north’.
The Norte Chico stretches just below the Atacama Desert to the Santiago region. And the geography is characterized by hills, punctuated occasionally by lush valleys, that have sprung up around rivers that flow down from the Andes mountains to the ocean… Read more about the Northern Region of Chile
Central Chile is the nucleus of the country and all of the largest Chilean cities are located in this region which is home to Chile’s government, premier cultural centers, major industries, universities, world renown vineyards, colonial and early republican architecture, premier beach resorts, ski resorts, national parks and more.
Santiago is the economic center of Chile. There are also many museums, events, theaters, restaurants, bars and other entertainment and cultural opportunities to choose from. Given the central location in the country, it makes a great base for visiting other areas within a short distance. It is possible to ski in the nearby Andes and later be on the beach, all in the same day. A fast growing city, the Santiago metropolitan area has over seven million inhabitants… Read more about the Central Region of Chile
Chile’s Islands – Chile possesses several islands but is mostly known for two of the world’s most fascinating islands — The Juan Fernández Archipelago, situated several hundred kilometers off the coast of Valparaíso, and Easter Island (known to its Polynesian islanders as Rapa Nui), in the vast subtropical South Pacific… Read more about the Islands of Chile
Chile’s Lake District is one of the most popular destinations in Chile, not only for its beauty, but also for the multitude of cultural and outdoor activities available. Located south of the Bío-Bío River to Puerto Montt, this spectacular region is a fairy-tale land of glacially formed lakes, snow-capped volcanic mountains, waterfalls, lush rolling hills, hundreds of lakes, lagoons & hot-springs and emerald forests depicting one of pristine beauty and picture-perfect scenery… Read more about the Lake District of Chile
Patagonia Chile is one of the most famous regions of Chile and offers some of the most dramatic landscapes one would expect from the world’s ultimate land’s end. Shared by Argentina, here the South American continent dissipates into a dazzling explosion of islands, glaciers, icebergs and mountains. It is truly one of mother nature’s greatest creations… Read more about Patagonia Chile