Most Chile tours involve a brief exploration in its urban centers, and spend the remainder of the time discovering the incredible landscapes on offer. Little wonder, since just outside Santiago you’ll find the snow-capped Andean mountains where you can climb, trek, abseil, raft, ski and much more on your Chile adventure vacation.
Elsewhere you’ll find an incredibly diverse country, exemplified best by noting that in the north of the country rests the driest desert on earth, and at the Chile’s foot the beautiful, crumbling glaciers of Patagonia. Want variety? Look no further than Chile.
Because of Chile’s formidable length, approximately the distance from Sweden to Nigeria, it is hard to cover all the wonders in a single trip. Most visitors, therefore, spend their tours of Chile either in the bottom half (Patagonia and Santiago), or the top (Santiago and upwards).
Wine enthusiasts will enjoy some of the fine vineyard tours in and around Santiago, however apart from that and visiting a few museums and fine restaurants, most travelers will soon want to move on, motivated by the natural beauty of natural offerings of Chile.
Valparaiso, Chile’s other major city, sits temptingly close to the capital and contains an alluring labyrinthine alleyway structure, with old cobbled streets and fabulous architecture.
Horse riding tours in the Andes have been attracting tourists for years and Elqui Valley, just north of Santiago, offers the perfect hillside scenery for such an adventure, overlooking tranquil lakes and lush vegetation. Also home to Pisco (Peruvians will sternly reject this claim, the debate has been ongoing for years), Elqui Valley can offer rewarding evenings after your exciting tours.
Being on the coast it is also inevitable that a visit to Chile will open you up to a world of exemplary beach stretches and the fringe of the Norte Chico offers those pristine beaches you have been searching for.
Heading further north you will reach the Atacama desert. For those of you who haven’t heard of it already, the Atacama is the driest place on planet earth, an arid, moon-like landscape that stretches 1,000km from northern Chile as far as Southern Peru. An adventurers paradise, Atacama treks comprise stunning snow-capped mountain ranges, vast picturesque salt lakes, surreal looking rock formations and an abundance of fresh mountain air. On your travels, cross paths with languid llamas and dopey alpacas before being greeted by native Aymara communities.
The majority of trekkers on this path head for Parque Nacional Lauca, the highest national park in Chile.
Back down south and heading into a warmer climate, you have the beautiful landscape of the popular Lake District. With jaw-dropping scenery the Lake District offers some of Chile’s greatest jewels. Formed of stunning, rich blue lakes, extreme dense forestry that is excellent for hiking and monumental volcanoes, this is Chile as its most pristine.
Further south still lies Chile’s desolate natural beauty that is the awe-inspiring Patagonia, a stark isolated stretch of wind-swept mountains leading, along with the Argentinian side, down to the end of the world. The top site of Chilean Patagonia has to be the Torres Del Paine massif, a trekking hotspot with a series of attractive granite spires that precariously loom over the naked landscape. Tierra del Fuego, literally translating to the ‘land of the fire’ offers scintillating mountain scenery and a selection of prodigious glaciers. A must see on your Chile tours.
Finally, if you haven’t got enough jotted down on your things to do list already, Easter Island, one of the most remote places on the planet, and offering amazing prehistoric cultures and ancient sculptures, sits on Chile’s pacific coast, along with Isla Robinson Crusoe, part of the Juan Fernandez archipelago and an island that consists of remarkable undulating, mountainous terrain, formed over the years from volcano activity. Isla Robinson Crusoe also boasts a rich abundance of wildlife and dense vegetation.