What kind of Chilean would I be if I don’t try to convince you to visit my beautiful country? Not a good one, for sure! That’s why I want to share with you 7 reasons why you should visit Chile. Beautiful reasons to visit Chile to be exact!
Chile is a long country with a diverse geography. Which means that we get to enjoy different landscapes in just one country.Chile is a long country with a diverse geography. Which means that we get to enjoy different landscapes in just one country. Click To Tweet
From beaches to mountains (in around 3 hours. Yes, I’m not kidding). From deserts (the most arid in the world by the way) to big cities.
7 Reasons To Visit Chile
If you are looking a place for your next adventure, I can give you some ideas!
After looking at these pictures you will want to catch a flight to South America right away.
Also, if you want some help to get cheap tickets to come to South America. I can help you with that too! This guide on how to get cheap flights to south America (from the US), will give you useful tips.
Now, let’s start with the most popular destination in Chile. The capital!
1. Santiago de Chile
Santiago is the the beautiful city I live in.
I love Santiago for many reasons. Right now? Because it’s winter and I can see the magnificent Andes mountains covered in white. That can really take your breath away. Especially after it rains.
Around five million people live currently in Santiago, which makes the city feel too saturated at times. Going out during rush hour can be a nightmare.
Key question! What can you do in Santiago? It will depend on what season you go, but some of the activities that are available all year round are: hiking in any of the mountains that surround the city, go to a vineyard (we have the best wines in the world!), take tour on a bike and go down around the key spots in the city, and more!
If you go during the winter, you will also have the opportunity to practice a winter sport like skiing and snowboarding. The Andes mountains are around 45 minutes away from Santiago (yup, that close!)
One of the best reasons to visit Chile is the Easter Island, or Rapa Nui (in their native language).
You might have seen these guys in history textbooks when you were little. They are so cool that they even have an emoji that the represents them 🗿
These statues are called Moai, and is still a mystery how they got there. They are made from volcanic rock, so it’s hard to tell how they got so close to the beach since they are very heavy.
The island is full of culture and beautiful landscapes. It’s not like an island in the Caribbean, but it has many things to offer as well.
Their dances and rituals are fun to watch, and listening to their old legends is very interesting!
Also, as a World Heritage Site, is a must see.
BREATH. TAKING. That’s how I would describe Torres del Paine. Nature at its best! Definitely one of the places I want to visit soon.
The Torres del Paine National Park is located in the south of Chile, and it’s a little tricky to get there.
First, you need to arrive to Santiago, then you need to take an airplane to Punta Arenas. After that, you have to take a bus or a rent car to Puerto Natales. From there, you will have to keep driving to the Torres del Paine National Park.
So if adventure is your second name, this is definitely the perfect destination for you.
Something important you need to have in might before you book you trip there, is that you have to avoid going during the winter time because it gets super cold and the weather is little unstable. After all wet re closer to the Antarctic.
The best time to go is between October and April. Being January and February the best months to go because of the weather.
Do you need more reasons to visit Chile?
San Pedro de Atacama is the entrance to the Atacama desert, the most arid desert in the world. How crazy is that?
The Atacama desert is located in the north of Chile, and to get there you need to go to the San Pedro village first. From there you can visit the most touristic places, like the Moon and Mars Valley, and Laguna Cejar.
Again, another great destination if you like adventures. Chile’s most cool destinations are perfect for people that love nature.
Some of the activities to do there: trekking, climbing archeological sightings, amateur astronomy (the Atacama desert has one of the clearest skies in the world, making it perfect for astronomers), and more.
Also, like in the previous destination, don’t forget about the weather. The weather there is kinda extreme. It’s get crazy cold at night even in the summer.
The best time to go there is between January and April or between September and December.
Another thing to have in mind before going is the altitude of San Pedro. You might need some a brief period of acclimatization.
Oh, and I can’t forget to mention this: you will be able to see wild llamas there! Are cute llamas and adventure enough reasons to visit Chile?
Valparaiso is the most important seaport in Chile, also a World Heritage Site.
It is located near Santiago (about two hours away from the capital). You can easily get there by bus or car.
Valparaiso is what I would call a very Instagrammable place. Full of murals and cute cafes.
Some people would say Valparaiso is a “Little San Francisco”. I can see why, with the hills and trolleybuses. Although I would an older version of San Francisco.
One of the main attractions in the city is Cerro Alegre, where most of the houses are painted with bright colors and artists get together to create.
6. San Rafael Lake
Let’s go back to the south of Chile! Which in my opinion has the best landscapes in the world.
This lagoon was formed by the retreat of the San Rafael Glacier. Being that the main attraction of the place.
There are many ships and cruises (with different price ranges) that will take you to get a closer look to the glacier. You might even be able to see some ice falling into the lagoon.
How beautiful this looks? It’s amazing how nature can create places like this.
The Marble Caves (or Cuevas de Marmol in Spanish) were created thanks to erosion and light. They turned geological formations into colorful sculptures.
The only way to get there is by boat; and to have a better view of the caves, you should go during the Summer (between November and March).
Something that you should know that the color of the marble changes depending on the level of the water, and that depends on the time of the year.
What do you think? Are these enough reasons to visit Chile? Have you even been there? Let me know in the comments your favorite place in this list!
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2017 and it has been updated with new links and information.