What I like most about Chile is it’s natural beauty. Breathtaking landscapes and diversity that makes it a great destination for nature lovers. It’s geographical location makes Chile a country still not too explored.
Receiving about 3 million of tourists a year, (which 60% comes from neighboring countries); Chile is on the way to develop its tourism industry.
This makes Chile one of those places that keep an intact culture in a certain way (except in the capital, Santiago, which could be any generic US city).
You can meet friendly people and see the beauty and the variety of its landscapes, without the masses of people that characterize more touristic regions of South America.
Here are the most beautiful places in CHILE and my favorite places in the country, enjoy!
1. Isla de Pascua (Easter Island- Rapanui)
If you travel to Chile, can’t miss it. Even if it’s far away and tickets usually not cheap at all, it’s one of the most special places within the country.
With a totally different culture, it has a big Tahitian influence.
You’ll see the famous Moais, the huge statues characteristic of the island.
This city is UNESCO World Heritage Site and is called “The Jewel of the Pacific”.
Very close to Santiago, it’s great destination for a day or weekend trip.
3. Carretera Austral (Austral Road)
This road is located at the beginning of Chilean Patagonia, it’s also called Route 7.
The highway runs about 1,240 kilometers (770 mi) from Puerto Montt to Villa O’Higgins.
Connecting rural areas and one of the most beautiful landscapes in the country.
It’s a small village located almost at the end of the Route 7, between the Northern and Southern Patagonian Ice Field.
Life goes slowly and next to the sea, has a characteristic and intricated wood walkways connecting houses.
5. National Park Laguna San Rafael
The park was designated a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1979.
It covers an area of 17,420 km2 (6,726 sq mi) and includes the Northern Patagonian Ice Field.
6. The Atacama Desert and San Pedro de Atacama
Atacama Region is located up North from Santiago, with borders with Bolivia and Argentina, this area of the country hosts the Dryest Desert on Earth!
Isolated areas and villages located at very high altitude and natural beauty here is impressive and even sometimes when it rains you could experience one of the most magical things: the Flowering Desert!
7. Pucón and National Park Huerquehue
Pucón is located next to a lake and volcano, both name Villarrica. It’s a popular destination and It offers a variety of activities for visitors.
Water and extreme sports, hot springs and trekking circuits with stunning views. Close to Pucón, it’s the Huerquehue National Park where you can find beautiful lagoons and forests of Araucarias with thousands of years.
8. The Chiloé Archipelago
Chiloé is mainly known for its distinctive cuisine, folklore, architecture and unique mythology. You can visit small islands and experience life between small boats that connects them.
You can visit small islands and experience life between small boats that connects them.
9. Elqui Valley
Elqui Valley it is one of the most interesting areas of the country. Surrounded by mountains and with the
Surrounded by mountains and with the clearest skies in the world, this area host lots of astronomical observatories and natural places to visit.
Very close to it, in La Serena, you will see part of the colonial historical buildings and in Coquimbo one of the two only Mosques in the whole country!
Being the Chilean main city, everything it is organized related to this big city.
With a special charm, many visitors love to stay long term there and enjoy the views from San Cristobal Hill or just to chill on its many restaurants and lovely coffee shops or bars.
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*Mountains around Santiago
Perhaps one of the best things about Santiago it is the mountains surrounding the city. If you are a trekking lover this is your spot to be at. With so many hills to climb you can be there for months until you climb them all!
Here you can take a look the Best Trekking Guide in Santiago
And here you can find the best hotels in Chile
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(Updated June 2017)