10 Best Places to Visit in Chile

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La Serena

Located in the south of Chile, La Serena is la capital of a province called Coquimbo. The city itself isn't as tourist friendly as places like Santiago or Valparaiso, but this is much more of an inland city than a resort town.

La Serena is located at the mouth of the river Coquimbo and the main feature is one of the world’s biggest natural freshwater lakes, Lake Coquimbo. La Serena is an excellent place to stop over on the way to Torres del Paine National Park.

Santiago

No other place on the planet can offer the same combination of dramatic beauty (orchid fields and the endless cerulean Pacific) and cultural breadth (a Disneyland for adults) as Chile’s capital. The city’s top sugar daddy is the port of Valparaíso, so party classes, museums and concert halls in Santiago are inevitably more staid. But Santiago’s myriad hidden gems (especially the museísmic, celeb-friendly neighborhood of Providencia) make it the perfect introduction to Chilean culture.

On the Grid: Hotels are clustered in the narrow valley south of Santiago, near the central business district and the touristy center of La Florida. You’ll find world-class dining in the bohemian hills east of the city, where you can take advantage of the excellent freebies, including a tram to the city’s creative core and a funicular to the summit of Cerro San Cristóbal.

Chiloe Island

Chiloe is not Realejo of California or Cape Cod, Massachusetts. But if you love beaches, you won’t regret visiting Chiloe. The island has kaleidoscopic landscapes and the sand on the beaches is pale white.

The best way to explore this region is by renting a vehicle in Puerto Aysen or Puerto Montt and visiting all the roads one kilometer at a time, wherever you go. On the south side of the island, beaches are few and far between. The sunsets along the coast are long and lovely sights, many of them are shrouded by clouds generated by the mountain range.

On the north side of the island, the beaches are endless. Large beaches are excellent for practicing sports like volleyball, while small ones are ideal for couples to absorb the sun. There are houses in the forest region that house the rich monks and nuns who make their living cultivating and skiing.

The city of Castro is located in the south of the island. At the entrance of the city, you can see the Malaspina family house. This historic government villa was built in 1786 and renovated into a museum in which it showcases colonial furniture and the best of the old times.

This is a destination for those wanting to experience beaches, yet not mingle with the crowd.

Iquique

This city was founded in the 19th century when the Spanish government wanted to establish and strengthen the Chilean independence from Spain. Surprisingly, this is the only Chilean city that is located on an island, and in fact, the only city to have this distinction in South America. City located on the Iquique bay, Iquique is the main port of northern Chile. It is inhabited by about 26,000 people whom are mainly fishermen.

The city is also a major producer in the field of the nitrate business. The original inhabitants of Iquique were the Huiquina and Guarania people. The Huiquina people are now extinct, with any remains being of the tribe having been found around the coast. Since the discovery of gold around this area, however, the town became a popular destination for immigrants.

The most common means of transport to get around the city is by car or by bus. The most popular inland destination is Chaitén, the town within the Iguaque National Park, and most tourists have no plans of leaving Iquique.

The most common sightseeing attractions in Iquique are the necropolis, the del Valle cemetery, the lighthouse, the fish market, the stadium and the sea lion arena. The stadium is located beside the stadium of the professional soccer club, Fair Play.

Chilean Fjords

Valparaiso

Valparaiso is a port city in Chile on the Pacific Ocean. It’s known for its typically Victorian buildings, like its two-mile boardwalk of shops and restaurants. Valparaiso also has public art, including tree sculptures and giant human heads that carry messages on their fronts.

Much of the city has been well preserved with its narrow streets that are still separated from traffic (although the Isla Negra Bridge is an exception). The city’s architectural richness has attracted millions to visit and, according to the Chilean Tourist Board, a minimum of 212,000 visitors came to Valparaiso in 2010.

Chilean Lake District

If you like the feeling of nature, culture, and activities in one location, then the Chilean Lake District is the perfect place for you.

This area is great for taking a walk with your pets, go horse back riding, and hiking to take in the beauty of the area.

It’s also a great place to spend some time with your significant other.

This is a good place to go for a small getaway for the romantic in you.

San Pedro de Atacama

For those who are searching for special places in Chile to visit will enjoy the natural beauty of this region which is located in the south region of the country. San Pedro is the highlight of this place and it is interesting to know about its history.

Its population is small. It is located in the middle of a desert. The city is a beautiful icon of the region. It is recommended to visit before the sunrise. It is because the sunrise is the most beautiful view of all.

Making the best of your journey in San Pedro, you should visit a lot of tourist places and landmarks. Some of such great places are on the list. They are San Pedro Church, San Pedro Plaza, Lake Neltume and San Pedro Terraces.

It is in the 40th degree south of the equator when at its best time. From the months of June to October in the year; this place is the best time to visit. It is because these months are when the temperatures do not go over 30 degrees.

Tap into the pat of the sun as soon as possible because it is possible to get burned standing nearby. Because of the lack of humidity in the air, you can expect your skin to dry quickly, which results in skin peeling.

The vibrations give a sense of the place. When you come here, you can always have a good time. You will be spending your time in a comfortable place.

Torres del Paine

Torres del Paine National Park is located close to the city of Puerto Natales in Patagonia. The park has been chosen as one of the best places to visit in Chile as well as one of the best national parks to visit in South America.

This national park is also considered a world heritage site by the United Nations Environmental Programme.

The park is home to several glaciers, canyons and mountains. During the day, you can hike on the various trails to witness the nature in Torres del Paine National Park.

You can also admire the in the glaciers and the nature from the Perito Moreno Viewpoint, Carrahue Viewpoint or the Berlin Wall.

The best part about visiting this national park is that you will see the landscape while you are traveling through the trails, especially the Sella Ship, the Lost World and the Military Canal.

All in all, it is a great place to visit and behold what the Earth has to offer.

Easter Island

The Moai's

Easter Island is an island in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Chile. As it's remote and much of the information about it is kept under a tight lid, it takes lots of effort, time and money to reach this amazing place.

And even then, it's hard to feel how these monoliths can have such an impact on you once you've come in contact with them.

Museum

Housing the biggest collection of Moai in the world, Easter Island Museum could easily be the most important tourist draw of this former penal colony.

By providing and describing all information about the Moai and their creation, this is a unique and one-of-a-kind experience.

And even though the thing they're most famous for is on display ⍥ the iconic Moai Father Tahai, who is one of the largest Moai, measuring 36 feet in height ⍥ it's their 3D laser scanning project that is simply brilliant and everyone should have a chance to witness it first-hand.

Since 2006, the museum has been in the process of scanning all of its Moai.

With this, the museum is able to solve many of the mysteries that the giant Moai have left us with.

Map of Chile

And the 10 best places to visit!

Chile is the 3rd largest country in South America and home to many natural and man-made wonders. There are many ways to get to and stay in Chile. The best way to see Chile would be by first checking your budget and finding out exactly how much you have for your trip. You can figure that out by looking at the traveling time and the type of transportation that you need to use. Determining the budget is one of the hardest parts for most people when planning any trip because there are many different things that can add up within the budget. If you are visiting Chile and would like to stay in a nice hotel then the first thing you should do is to compare your hotel selection with the ones in other cities.