Chile is the narrowest nation throughout the world, yet its borders provide some of the most diverse terrains. From waterfalls to mountains, hot springs to volcanoes… you never know what you might come across next. It's no secret that the country provides a vast array of exciting things to do and see for people of all ages. As a foreigner entering the nation, you will find that the rich culture, fantastic cuisine, lively nightlife, and sightseeing can keep you busy for a lifetime, so we've created a list of four of Chile's best destination spots that you must-see first.
Santiago is the capital of this majestic country, and it certainly doesn't lack character. As the largest city in Chile, you will find that residents and tourists favor it for many reasons. Each neighborhood nestled within the city's borders is distinctly different from the next. For instance, as you enter Bellavista, you are introduced to historical European homes and a free spirited energy you can't ignore. With colorful buildings, marketplaces, and street art around nearly every corner, your eyes could wonder each crevice and still find new details while your ears get to hear the pleasant sounds of live music fill the air.
If the street art of Santiago gave your eyes pleasure, wait until you experience Valparaiso. This city is one of the most desirable places for tourists due to its bountiful amount of cafes, art galleries, and coffee shops. Take the rich history of this Santiago suburb in by viewing the protest art created by young protesters in the '60s and '70s that referred to themselves as the "Ramona Parra Brigades," or take a walk through the open museum of Museo a Cielo Abierto to get a glimpse of murals that are beyond your wildest dreams.
Isla Grande de Chiloe
Isla Grande de Chiloe's beautiful beaches and thickly forested areas seem to go on forever with their beauty. As you explore, you will find waterfalls, wildlife, and unoccupied beaches no matter where you go on the island. The winter months in Chiloe may not allow residents and tourists to take advantage of the many water activities they enjoy, but that certainly doesn't stop the penguins.
San Pedro de Atacama
Known as one of the driest desert regions on this planet, San Pedro de Atacama isn't meant for everyone crossing through. Nevertheless, the region provides some of the best night skies and exciting hiking adventures. Make sure to check out the volcano Lascar which is situated at the arc connecting four countries, before you head to the geyser field of El Tatio for a soak in its hot springs.
Located west of Santiago is an organic vineyard to visit and experience a vineyard that coexists with the natural ecosystem of the area with native flora, fauna, and alpacas, horses, cows, and sheep. Viñedos Emiliana has been certified organic and Demeter-certified biodynamic for over 20 years. Head winemaker Álvaro Espinoza was one of the first to commit to organic farming on a large scale, proving that regenerative farming practices aren’t just for small farms.
Nestled into the beautiful Casablanca Valley, Viñedos Emiliana offers an organic wine tour that is chock full of knowledge. You will learn about organic and biodynamic agriculture, types of soils, the grape varieties planted, and characteristics of the Casablanca Valley’s climate and spend time with the animals that add to the biodiversity that sustains our fields.
You’ll visit our organic garden, the area where we prepare the biodynamic preparations, and finish with a tasting of 4 delicious wines.
Whether you are looking for the newest Chilean wine or visiting the UNESCO protected Valparaiso, or trekking to San Pedro de Atacama's remote region, a trip to Chile can meet many traveler's desires.
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