Stretching a whopping 4,300km over half a continent, the remarkable ribbon of land that makes up Chile is literally bursting with deserts, volcanoes, mountains, beaches, vineyards, lakes, and more character and charm than one could ever imagine in one country.
A land that shares its long lithe borders with Argentina, Bolivia and Peru, Chile remains one of the most popular holiday destinations in South America, and when you consider what’s going on between its narrow but elongated shores, it is easy to understand why this Latin gem attracts visitors from across the globe.
Starting in the north, Chile homes the world’s driest desert – the Atacama, which is surrounded by moonscape valleys and sparkling salt lakes that guarantee to take your breath away. An overnight stay in San Pedro de Atacama is a ‘must’ for anyone visiting this region, and as it provides you with a gateway to some of Chile’s most spectacular scenery, the photographic opportunities are endless.
Heading further south to Chile’s central Pacific Coast, the ‘Garden City’ of Viña del Mar is a pretty seaside city of white sandy beaches, promenade cafes and romantic parks that are just perfect for a picnic.
A short hop and you arrive in Chile’s Seaport city of Valparaiso, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Developed on a steep hillside, Valparaiso has an amphitheatre-like setting with street side ‘elevators’ leading up to the vast collection of colourful colonial style buildings. While not the prettiest city in Chile, it is well worth a visit on your way to the capital of Santiago.
Much like every other large city in the world, Santiago is a vibrant, bustling metropolis, and it is from here that one can catch a tour to the world-famous Easter Island or Rapa Nui.
Further south you arrive at the magnificent Lake District, an area filled with sapphire blue waters, snow topped volcanoes, ancient forests, and resplendent waterfalls. The perfect spot for adventure travellers, Chile’s Lake District offers numerous hiking, biking, fishing, and water activities, and superb hotels and restaurants where you can enjoy great Chilean foods and wines.
After your fill of fresh air, you will be ready to take one-step further south into the magnificent region of Patagonia. A piece of land shared between Chile and Argentina, Patagonia is every bit as magical as one would imagine, and homes the most dramatic landscapes on earth.
The Chilean people are open and friendly, Chilean food is fresh and wholesome, and Chilean wines are simply stunning, and when you combine these three elements with the most spectacular scenery in the world, we think Chile is the perfect holiday destination.
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I am planning a trip to Chile- I will bookmark this! Thanks!
Thanks for stopping by J-Bo! Enjoy Chile – It is a truly amazing country! 🙂