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1. Santiago

As Chile's capital city, Santiago is a major cultural center where you can spend days visiting museums, parks, open markets, theaters, restaurants, dance clubs and bars. Sandwiched between mountain ranges, smack dab in the middle of the country, Santiago also makes a great jumping off point along the way to visit Chile's other famous destinations.

 

2. Valparaíso

Affectionately known as Valpo, Valparaíso's beautiful architecture helped it gain recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2003. Despite having experienced a massive 8.6 earthquake in 1906, Valparaíso is a cultural mecca with a strong European presence. The city's famous bohemian vibe dominates the bars, cafes and restaurants, making it a great place to relax and enjoy life's simple pleasures.

 

3. San Pedro de Atacama

The landscape here is so strange that it can sometimes feel like you've stepped into another dimension. Although set in the driest desert in the world, San Pedro de Atacama is way more than just sand, with a volcano, geysers, canyons and endless amounts of stars.

 

4. Parque Nacional Lauca

Parque Nacional Lauca is one of Chile’s most extraordinary national parks, with snowy volcanoes, vast altiplano highlands and lush wetlands. It's the perfect place for viewing wildlife and getting in touch with nature.

 

5. Pucón

With easy access to outdoor adventure activities like hiking and trekking, horseback riding, skiing, snowboarding, fishing and climbing, Pucón is no secret to tourists. Its convenience is hard to beat, with tons of tour guides and agencies ready to take you exploring.

 

6. Parque Nacional Pan de Azucar

Although technically desert, beach bums and sightseers alike will love it here. The area is known for its white sand beaches and colorful sunsets over sky high ocean cliffs. Keep an eye out for guanacos and don't forget your birdwatching binoculars.

 

7. Parque Nacional Torres del Paine

Named for the 2000 meter (and then some) rock formations that tower over the region, Torres del Paine is an outdoor enthusiast's paradise with countless opportunities for climbing hiking and trekking. As part of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, it's easy to spot wildlife. The scenery here, with beautiful, seemingly untouched lakes, rivers, forests and mountains, is unparalleled.

 

8. Easter Island

Nestled in the Pacific, 3,540 km (2,200miles) off the coast of Chile, Easter island is a place unlike any other. Wander the island to see ancient Moai sculptures and ruins, and be sure to participate in the one of the many colorful, cultural celebrations that take place on the island.

 

 

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Chile: Ciudad de los Césares, When to go, Arica Services , Chiloé Tours, Valle del Limarí Overview, Safety in Punta Arenas, The Ghosts of Iquique, Services, Chile's National Parks and La Serena and Coquimbo: Sub-region Overview .








By Emma Mueller
“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry...
07 Jul 2009




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