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ChileSouth America

Explore deserts, mountain lakes, volcanoes, ski slopes and trekking routes in one of South America’s most varied and adventure-filled countries.

Nestled between the southern Andes and the Pacific Ocean, Chile is a country of diverse landscapes, sweeping coastlines and adventure sports. This narrow strip of land that runs along the southwesterly edge of South America transforms from desert, beach towns and vineyards into glaciers and ski mountains. Hiking, rafting, skiing and surfing are just some of the adventures offered in Chile.

Chile’s energetic capital city, Santiago, is centrally located in the country and a major transport hub. Explore eclectic neighborhoods against a backdrop of the snow-capped Andes. Check out Valparaiso, a colorful and bohemian coastal city, spread across more than 40 hills. In Viña del Mar, find palm tree-lined boulevards, lavish resorts and white-sand beaches.

Northern Chile is dominated by the Atacama Desert, one of the driest deserts in the world. Visit a copper mine in Calama. Enjoy superb star-gazing at Paranal Observatory. Tour the vineyards and Pisco distilleries in the Elqui Valley. Admire colonial architecture in La Serena, established in 1544. Relax on the beaches of Arica, Antofagasta and Iquique, part of Chile’s 4,000-mile (6,450-kilometer) long coastline.

Find Chile’s wine region in the Central Valley, south of Santiago. Take a scenic train journey from San Fernando to Santa Cruz. Visit a huaso (cowboy) ranch in Rancagua. Surf big waves at Punta de Lobos. Discover majestic waterfalls, ice-capped volcanoes and biking, hiking and horse-riding trails among the foothills of the Andes in the Lake District.

The southerly Patagonia Region is a paradise for lovers of the outdoors. Spot penguins in Parque Nacional Isla Magdalena. Cruise past giant glaciers or hike among mountains and lakes in Laguna San Rafael National Park and Torres del Paine National Park. Step onboard an Antarctica-bound boat at Punta Arenas.

Chile is a welcoming and safe country with a dependable network of cross-country buses. Temperatures vary greatly, from the mild northern climate to snow in the south. Ski between June and September. Beside its innumerable attractions, Chile is also a gateway to the mysterious Easter Island.

Popular cities in Chile

National History Museum showing a city and street scenes
Santiago
Known for Shopping, Tours and Museums

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Reasons to visit

  • Cajon del Maipo
    Cajon del Maipo
  • Costanera Center
    Costanera Center
  • Plaza de Armas
    Plaza de Armas
Teatro del Lago showing modern architecture
Puerto Montt
Known for Lakes, Volcanoes and Walking

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Reasons to visit

  • Lake Llanquihue
    Lake Llanquihue
  • Petrohue Falls
    Petrohue Falls
  • Osorno Volcano Peak
    Osorno Volcano Peak
San Pedro de Atacama as well as a small group of people
San Pedro de Atacama
Known for Tours, Deserts and Scenery

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Reasons to visit

  • Cejar Lagoon
    Cejar Lagoon
  • Valley of the Moon
    Valley of the Moon
  • El Tatio Geyser Field
    El Tatio Geyser Field
Wulff Castle featuring chateau or palace, general coastal views and heritage elements
Vina del Mar
Known for Walking, Relaxing and Cafes

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Reasons to visit

  • Acapulco Beach
    Acapulco Beach
  • Flower Clock
    Flower Clock
Iquique
Known for Walking, Deserts and Surfing

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La Serena
La Serena
Known for Tours, Walking and Relaxing

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Popular places to visit in Chile

Plaza de Armas
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Plaza de Armas

This historic central square is home to magnificent works of architecture, museums and a nice blend of city workers, street performers and artisans. 

Santiago Metropolitan Park
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Santiago Metropolitan Park

Check out the local area in Santiago Metropolitan Park—home to attractions like San Cristobal Hill and Santiago Cable Car: Tupahue Station.

Mercado Central
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Mercado Central

Step inside this grand 19th-century marketplace to experience the sights and smells of fresh food stands and to sample delicious plates of fish and seafood.

Petrohue Falls
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Petrohue Falls

Rushing water cascades over volcanic rock at this stunning natural site in Chile’s oldest national park.

Villarrica National Park
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Villarrica National Park

Explore attractions like Termas Geometricas and Parque Nacional Lanin as you discover things to see and do in Villarrica National Park.

San Cristobal Hill
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San Cristobal Hill

Visit this picturesque hilltop and urban park, which has spectacular city views, walking trails, botanical gardens and family-friendly activities.