Chile is the longest and narrowest country in the world, and it’s traversed by all kinds of climates. From the driest desert in the world (Atacama) to the incredible vegetation of Chilean Patagonia, this amazing country surprises you at every step you make. We offer tailor-made tours in Chile and Argentina, and on this page you will find some travel ideas and useful information about both countries. These tours are customizable, which means that we can adapt them to your convenience.
Chile has a length of 4300 km and a maximum width of 360 km. It’s sandwiched between the Andes the Pacific Ocean and divided in two parts: continental Chile and insular Chile (without counting the Antarctic claims). Chile counts with more than 3700 islands which are mostly in Patagonia. However, there are also islands in other parts, such as Easter Island (in the middle of the South Pacific) and Robinson Crusoe. The country is divided into 16 regions. Among a wide variety of attractions to visit, we would like to highlight the following destinations:
Atacama Desert and Altiplano
Right in the north of the country, San Pedro de Atacama is home to landscapes from “another planet”.
Not only for its beauty but also for the similarities that this region has with Mars (according to NASA). Furthermore, it has a valley called “Moon Valley” (same as the one in Argentina).
This region has also other amazing attractions to visit, such as the Atacama Salt Field or the Tatio Geysers. Last but not least, this is a fantastic place for stargazing.
Santiago, Viña del Mar & Valparaíso
Santiago de Chile is the National Capital and most important hub of the country. It’s a beautiful and modern city at the feet of the Andes.
Two hours to the west, and at the shores of the Pacific Ocean, Valparaíso rises as one of the most beautiful bohemian cities in South America. Its colorful houses hanging from the hills, and its cultural footprint reflected in places such as the house of Pablo Neruda, are proof of this statement.
Next to Valparaiso we can find Viña del Mar, a beach city that is home to different festivals and entertainment.
In the middle of the Pacific, this mysterious island is one of the remotest places on earth.
Rapa Nui is its original name, same as the name of its native people. The capital is Hanga Roa, and one of the main attractions to visit are the Moais (the statues with huge heads).
From Puerto Varas in the northern limit, till Cape Horn in the very south, Patagonia rises as one of the most beautiful regions in the world. This region is shared between Chile and Argentina, and we have an entire section dedicated to it. We invite you to take a look at it: Patagonia Tours. However, in the following paragraphs, you’ll find the main highlights of Chilean Patagonia:
Puerto Varas, Lake District & Chiloé
The green and beautiful area of Puerto Varas is in northern Patagonia, in a similar latitude as Bariloche (Argentina). It counts with spectacular lakes, mountains, rivers, and volcanoes, and is an important hub to connect with other places of Patagonia –both Argentinean and Chilean sides. On the other hand, the island of Chiloé will surprise you with its cultural heritage and UNESCO sites, such as the colorful “Palafitos”.
Aysen & Carretera Austral
Full of Glaciers and breathtaking sceneries, this area is crossed by one of the most spectacular roads in Chile.
Mountains, sounds, rivers, lakes, the pacific ocean, islands, forests, and glaciers, are just a part of what you can enjoy in this area.
Some of the highlights are Queulat, Marble Cathedrals, Caleta Tortel, Cerro Castillo, San Rafael, and Villa O’Higgins.
Torres del Paine
Torres del Paine is the National Capital for trekking in Chile, and together with El Chaltén (Argentina) is for many people the most spectacular place for hiking in the world.
The most iconic hikes in Torres del Paine are the “w trek“ and the “o trek”.
Furthermore, Torres del Paine is the best place for Puma watching in Patagonia and is home to other beautiful species such as rheas, condors, and guanacos.
Last but not least, this National Park is not only for trekkers but also for other tourists that wish a more relaxing way to enjoy nature.
It’s located 2 hours north of Puerto Natales, and it counts with different kinds of accommodations (including premium hotels).
Punta Arenas, Chilean Fjords, & Cape Horn
Cliffs with scarped mountains, hanging glaciers, channels with spectacular ocean wildlife…are just some of the surprises you’ll encounter while navigating across the Chilean Fjords.
This is an area with plenty of unexplored corners, such as those at Los Alacalufes or Kawésqar National Parks.
Punta Arenas is the biggest city of the southernmost Chilean territory, and a strategic hub for several adventures such as the Antarctica Cruises and other navigations.
Cape Horn is the last piece of land before Antarctica, and one of the highlights during the Australis Cruise, which joins Punta Arenas with Ushuaia (Argentina) through incredible places.
The list of Chilean attractions extends to uncountable places.
From the Navarino’s teeth in Puerto Williams -at the very south- to the extraterrestrial northern landscapes of the high plateau, this beautiful country awaits to be discovered in multiple trips.
We invite you to contact us to tell us your travel ideas, and start planning together your next experience!!!
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