Chile is a unique destination. From the Atacama Desert to the beaches of the Pacific, this stretch of land is a true wonder of different landscapes and climates. The geography is so diverse that it is a gold mine to discover, especially for hikers and nature lovers! Glaciers, deserts, volcanoes, beaches: you will inevitably find your happiness.
Its multiculturality is also one of its strengths: from indigenous peoples to Spanish and European influences, the local culture is extremely rich.
The landscapes of Chile are particularly impressive. Whether it is the beaches of Viña del Mar where you can taste the famous “completo” or the many natural parks, there is something for everyone! So, to make sure you don't miss a thing, here is a list of 4 must-see places that will blow your mind!
Torres del Paine National Park
It’s a must when traveling to Chile! This park has an international reputation, and it's not for nothing: impressive glaciers to climb, lakes to cross, mountains to explore, this does not end! Located in the south of Patagonia, also known as “The Great South”, we find the famous Cordillera del Paine which separates the steppes of the south from the forests of the north. West of the Massif, we can rub shoulders with the famous Glacier Gray, a true wonder of nature! Indeed, it is located on a real ice field and it forms magnificent blue and green icebergs. Do not hesitate to leave with a guide who will guarantee you to enjoy these landscapes in complete safety for trekking trips.
The Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon) in the Atacama Desert
If you want to get away from it all, this is the place! Located in the famous Atacama Desert in the north of the country, near the Bolivian border, this valley is a real nugget. And its name was not given by chance: it looks like a real lunar landscape. Many activities are organized there: bike rides, excursions in this red desert… This place will amaze you! If you want an incredible experience, watch the sunset in this landscape of salt and dunes. It almost feels like being on another planet!
Easter Island is full of mysteries: located 3,500 kilometers from the Chilean coast, its famous stone statues called “Moaï” continue to fascinate archaeologists and history buffs. A small triangular volcanic island, it attracts tourists from all over the world, as well as scientists who are still trying to find out what caused the collapse of the Pascan civilization.
For those who want to relax on a white sand beach: don't worry! There are many, including Anakena, famous for its palm grove and transparent water! For explorers, know that the island is full of caves to discover! And for those who prefer the seabed, many diving excursions are organized there. Finally, lovers of cultural outings, you will find what you are looking for at the "Père-Sébastien-Englert" anthropological museum which has a large number of statuettes and archives, and which depicts the mysterious history of the island.
The city of Temuco
If you want to learn more about Native American culture, Temuco is the place! This city has the highest rate of indigenous population in Chile. For nature lovers, the Araucan region is breathtakingly beautiful: there are many parks there, and you can visit the famous Sierra Nevada or admire the volcano of Lake Conguillío. For those who want to soak up the local culture, there is a farmers market in Temuco called “Feria Pinto”. You can find various products (especially fruits and vegetables) and even have lunch there! Also note that this region is full of traditional huts and ancestral know-how, especially in textiles and wool work.