Explore Chile
Chile
Explore nature like never before

Chile, officially the Republic of Chile, is a gorgeous country in western South America. With its diverse landscapes, Chile has become a popular travel destination among nature lovers and adventure seekers. Chile is blessed with lush temperate forests, scenic beaches, dramatic coastline, ancient volcanoes, abundance of national parks, waterfalls, islands, art galleries, rich culture, architectural brilliance and much more. Many of the conservation areas provide a plethora of adventurous activities such as trekking, hiking, mountain biking, climbing and horseback riding. 


Popular cities: 

  • Santiago

  • Valparaíso 

  • Easter Island

  • La Serena

  • Vina del Mar 

Climate
Chile's central region has a Mediterranean climate, oceanic in the south, mild in the north and cold in the Andes. The best time to visit the country is between October and March.

  • January — Hot
  • February — Warm
  • March — Warm
  • April — Dry
  • May — Dry
  • June — Wet
  • July — Wet
  • August — Wet
  • September — Dry
  • October — Dry
  • November — Dry
  • December — Dry
Things to do
City Life
Santiago is a bustling city with traces of its rich heritage in the colonial and 19th century neoclassical buildings. La Chascona, Pablo Neruda's house, is one of the top attractions of the city. Barrio Bellavista is the most happening neighborhood of Santiago. It has funky boutiques, colorful old houses, avant-garde galleries, restaurants and vibrant discos. The aerial tramway to San Cristóbal Hill for its stunning views will make your trip to Santiago even more memorable. Valparaíso is best known for its vibrant nightlife, beautiful seaside views and brightly coloured houses.
Historic/Architectural Heritage
Gran Torre Santiago is so high it can be seen from anywhere in the city. It's the largest skyscraper in Latin America. This grand structure is part of the Costanera Center Torre 2 complex that includes the largest shopping mall in South America. The observation deck offers a panoramic view of Santiago. Ironclad Huáscar, Centro Cultural Palacio La Moneda, Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works are other prominent places worth visiting in Chile.
Museums
The Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts boasts a comprehensive permanent collection of paintings, photos and sculptures by Chilean artists. Museum of Pre-Columbian Art features collections relating to Chile's native people. It also covers Pre-Columbian art from the rest of South America and Central America. Museum of Memory and Human Rights, Naval and Maritime Museum and Lord Cochrane's Museum are few other prominent museums.
Nature & Adventure
Torres Del Paine National Park is an important tourist destination of Chile. This natural beauty encompasses mountains, lush greenery, glaciers, pristine lakes and rivers. Cordillera del Paine is the most important region of the park. Besides its scenic beauty, the three 2,850-meter-tall granite peaks of the Paine Massif are also notable features of this park. With numerous well-marked trails, hiking is one of the most popular activities. Chile's Lake District is known for its snow-capped volcanoes, pristine lakes and dense directs. It's nothing short of a paradise for nature lovers. For adventure seekers, Chilean Lake District offers endless hiking and biking potential, along with other interesting activities such as volcano climbing, karaking, canoeing, white water rafting, horseback riding and come winter, skiing. Another place ideal for hiking and rock climbing is the Cochamó Valley also known as the 'Yosemite of Chile'. Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon) in Atacama Desert, situated about 13 km west of San Pedro de Atacama, attracts many tourists for its resemblance to the surface of the moon. Dry lake beds, caverns and Laguna Cejar sinkhole are the prime attractions of the Atacama Desert. Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park, located in the Los Lagos region, is the oldest park in Chile. Petrohué Falls is the prime attraction of this park. Snow-capped volcanoes enhance the beauty of this place. Lauca National Park features pristine mountain lakes, important archeological sites as well as evidence of the early European settlers through old colonial churches and buildings. It's also a popular place for birdwatching as the park is home to over 140 bird species. Stretching from the Andes to the Pacific, the Pumalín Park boasts some of the country's most beautiful coastline and forests dotted by fascinating flora and fauna. Hiking in this scenic wilderness will be a memorable experience. Valle Nevado (Snowy Valley) is a popular ski resort in the El Plomo foothills of the Andes Mountains. There are several facilities available here to make your skiing experience efficiently smooth. Featuring 37 trails and 11 lifts it's one of the best places in Chile for beginners as well as seasoned skiers. La Parva and El Colorado are also popular ski resorts in Chile. Cajon de Maipo, El Morado Natural Monument, Santiago Metropolitan Park, Conguillío National Park, Mylodon Cave Natural Monument, Chilean Fjords, Cerro Santa Lucía, Cerro San Cristóbal, Puyehue, Llaima, Lake Llanquihue, Conguíllío Lake, Osorno Volcano are other prominent places worth visiting for their natural beauty.
Islands
Easter Island is more than 3,500 kilometres away from mainland Chile but its fascinating stone statues are the country's most recognisable attraction. Known as Moai, these are almost 900 monumental statues protected by Rapa Bhi National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The most amazing collection is at the Ahu Tongariki. You also find one of the best beaches, Anakena, in this park. Its short yet white coral sand is a perfect spot for a break from hiking. Father Sebastian Englert Anthropological Museum in Hanga Roa houses exhibits relating to the history and traditions of Polynesian islanders. Chiloé Island is home to quaint wooden churches, colorful old homes called 'palafitos' and the famous Chiloé National Park. You can observe wildlife such as dolphins, blue whales and a large penguin breeding ground on the nearby Islotes de Puñihuil Natural Monument.
Beaches
There are a number of serene beaches with clear blue water that line the coast of Chile. Bahiá Inglesia is a sandy oasis surrounded by the picturesque Atacama Desert. Its white sand, crystal clear water draws a number of tourists. You can relax on the sand or try different water sports such as windsurfing, sailing and kayaking. Playa El Faro is the most popular beach in La Serena. Other beach spots adorning this town are Cuatro Esquinas and Playa Coquimbo. Playa Amarilla, Playa Negra, Platya Boca are some of the best beaches in Concón. Sand boarding and swimming are popular activities. Playa La Virgin, located near Puerto Viejo, got its name from a rock formation that is said to look like the Virgin Mary. With its turquoise water and soft white sand, this is one of the best beaches of Chile. The coastal city Valparaíso is perfect to soak up Chilean city life and spend some time on a sandy shore. Viña del Mar, Caleta Abarca, Playa El Canelillo are some of the popular beaches in the Valparaíso region. Other scenic beaches include Caleta Cóndor, Reñaca, Playa Chorrillos, Playa Anakena, and Playa El Laucho, among others.
Wildlife

Chilean National Zoo, located at the foot of San Cristobal Hill, is home to over 158 wildlife species. Animals such as guanacos, condors, llamas, Humbodlt penguins and the endangered pudu can be found here. Los Pingüinos Natural Monument, located near Punta Arenas, is home to one of Chile's largest penguin colonies. The islands are also home to large colonies of sea lions and seals.

Places of Worship
Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral, situated in Plaza de Armas, has stood the test of time for over 260 years. This neoclassical cathedral is an epitome of religious architecture in South America. The ornate altar and the massive decorated naves add to the beauty of this place. Baha'i Temple, also known as Chile Temple, welcomes people from all around the world regardless of their religion. It's part of the eight other Baha'i continental temples built. Basilica de La Merced is a historical church built in the neo-renaissance style. Its grand structure will leave you spellbound. There is a museum attached to the church which is also worth a visit for their religious artifacts collection. San Francisco Church, Iglesia San Agustín, Iglesia de la Matriz, Santo Domingo Church, Basílica de Lourdes are other beautiful places of worship in Chile.
How to spend time / how long will it take?
You can cover a major chunk of Chile in 8 to 10 days. Starting off from Antofagasta, spend a day or two visiting the main attractions of Atacama Desert. Moving downwards, spend a day or two in Santiago exploring the city. Next you can spend a day in Valparaíso to check out some amazing museums and relax by the beach. Go to Vina del Mar and take a day trip to the Casablanca Valley to visit a few wineries. Take a detour to Easter Island fior a day or two to visit its exquisite sites and rejuvenate in its serene ambience. Back to the mainland, go to La Serena for a day if you seek some more beach vibes. Moving downwards, spend a day or two in Puerto Montt to visit the natural wonders of Chile’s Lake District. From Puerto Varas take a day trip to the scenic Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park. You can then end your trip by visiting the Torres Del Paine National Park for a day or two via Puerto Natales.
Cuisine
  • Chilean cuisine stems primarily from the combination of Chilean Mapuche culture, local ingredients and traditional Spanish cuisine. It's also influenced by other European cuisines. Some must-try scrumptious foods of Chile include Completo, Pebre, Chilean Empanadas, Steamed Corn and Beef Casserole, Beans Stew, Chilean Steak Sandwiches, and Sopapillas, among others.
Costs
  • In general, a regular meal might cost around CLP 5,000 (USD 6.75) per meal.
Visa
  • Indians require a Visa
  • Other nationalities may or may not require a Visa
Season to Visit
  • October
  • November
  • December
  • January
  • February
  • March

Typical Duration to Visit
  • 8 - 10 days

Known For
  • Beaches
  • Volcanoes
  • Wildlife
  • Waterfalls
  • Architecture
  • Forests
  • Hiking
  • Trekking
Areas to Visit
  • Central Chile for urban delights, ski resorts, cultural tours and beaches
  • Atacama Desert & Valle de la Luna in Far North
  • Los Lagos region in Southern Chile for nature and adventure
  • Torres Del Paine National Park in Far South
  • Easter Island for archeological sites and nature

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