Things are getting back to normal and international travel is a thing again. It’s time to explore the unexplored and Chile is one such country that does not find a place in the priority list of globe trotters. But for someone who has already visited South East Asia and Europe, this South American nation might prove to be a completely different experience. Located on the western edge of South America, Chile is a beautiful and long country. Geographically and politically, Chile is a key part of the continent that relies heavily on tourism. It is a very attractive country that is also known as the country of poets as it has had several great poets, including two Nobel Prize winners.
The beautiful country has a diverse range of landscapes, a very unique culture and the Pacific Ocean that gives the country some exotic beaches. The country has been a talking point for travellers in the recent past and it’s time you go there and find what’s the buzz all about. You can visit the country at any time of the year and it welcomes tourists and travellers with open arms. The 8 best spots that one can visit during their visit to Chile find a mention in the list below.
Santiago is the capital of Chile and this is where you’ll be landing when you fly for the South America nation from your country. The best way to start a trip to a new country is to explore its capital first. Santiago is not only the business or financial but also the cultural capital of the country. There are several museums, art galleries and activities in the city that will give you a brief knowledge about the country and keep you engaged. Shopping around the streets could be an engaging task here as well. It is located in the centre of Chile and acts as a transportation hub for anywhere you want to travel within the country. A day might be enough to explore the city but you stay for two days if you want to make friends with the locals and enjoy the nightlife.
Easter Island is nearly 3500 km away from mainland Chile but it is one of the major tourist attractions in the country. The unique stone sculptures on the island are one of the key reasons behind its popularity. These sculptures are called Moai. The island’s early name was Rapa Nui and this is why the national park here is called Rapa Nui national park. Ahu Tongariki is one of the most amazing places on the island and you must visit it if you are in Chile. It is nothing but a collection of 15 statues erected on the platform of the island. Hare Paenga is also worth paying a visit. The island is located in the Valparaiso region and you’ll be asked to pay an entry fee to visit the place.
The Chilean Lake District
Located 330 km away from the Temuco to Puerto Montt, Chilean Lake District could be called the Alpines of South America for its unmatchable natural beauty that is similar to that of the Alpines. The natural spots here are a treasure for adventure junkies and nature lovers. The beautiful farmlands guarded by the Andean foothills give the region a majestic look. The snow-capped mountains standing tall above thick and dense forest cover would qualify for one of the most exotic places on the planet. This place is also famous for adventure activities like hiking, biking potential, volcano climbing, white water rafting, kayaking, canoeing, horseback riding and water sinking.
Torres Del Paine National Park
If one wants to visit untouched natural beauty, the Torres Del Paine National Park is the best place to visit in Chile. Located 100 km north of the Puerto Natales city in South Patagonia, the Paine National Park qualifies as one of the most beautiful places in entire South America. Numerous lakes, mountains, glaciers and rivers provide this place an abundance of natural beauty and natural resources. Cordillera del Paine is one of the best spots in the region. It is a famous trekking point where you can see nature coexisting with different species. You can click countless pictures to keep the memories alive.
If you are a blogger who is looking to make a cover picture for his/her Chile trip, head straight to Valparaiso. It is easily the most picturesque place in the country. Valparaiso is the third-biggest city of Chile that sits comfortably between the sea and the coastal mountain range. Located 112 km away from Santiago, the city is known for its unique architecture, colourful houses, old convex streets and unique culture. Lord Cochrane’s Museums, the Naval and Maritime Museum are some of the most famous places in the city. You should give yourself a day’s time to explore this beautiful city. Trying local food and shopping in the local market can also be an interesting activity.
Valle de la Luna And The Atacama Desert
Located 13 km west of San Pedro de Atacama, this place is an exotic tourist location near the Bolivia border. Known as the valley of the moon, Valle de la Luna is famous for bike rides, tour buses, self-drive car rentals, and other outdoor adventure activities. Away from fancy restaurants and the hustle and the bustle of the city, this place feels like calm amid the chaos. The dry white salt lakes are a highlight of this place. The famous Atacama Desert is right on the top of the tourists’ list. This place has also got a historical significance.
Chile has got an abundance of natural beauty and the Pumalin Park is another proof of this. It is one of the most visited locations in Chile and since its establishment as a national sanctuary in 2005. Spread over a vast area of 988000 acres from the Andes to Pacific, Pumalin Park is gifted by some of the densest forest cover and majestic coastline. Modern human development has not entered this part of the country for good and nature thrives here in its original and undisturbed form. Visiting this place might be good therapy.
Lauca National Park
Chile has plenty of national parks and the Lauca National Park is next on the list. Located in the northern part of the country, the national park is spread across an area of 1300 sq. km. The mountains and volcanoes in the region are a prime reason behind its popularity. This is a very scenic place particularly famous among hikers and adventure lovers. The mountain lakes provide a unique feature to this entire region. You can spot different species thriving here peacefully. Several beautiful archaeological sites in the national park add to its beauty.