Sue Statter / January 2017
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Thanks to Chile's gradual emergence as one of South America's most stable economies it has become a benchmark for development in South America - as well as a favorite destination for tourists and investors.
Chile tours inevitably start in its capital, Santiago. It's home to 6 million people, and is the 6th biggest city in South America. It may be behind Buenos Aires in terms of reputation, but Santiago’s buzzing restaurant and bar scene is going from strength to strength and its infrastructure and cleanliness is unmatched in the rest of the continent. Moreover, foreigners are starting to arrive in their hordes, discovering the cultural delights and eclectic mix of old and contemporary.
Most trips to Chile involve a brief exploration in its urban centers, and spend the remainder of the time on trekking tours of the incredible landscapes on offer: from the dry deserts of Chile's northern climes to the epic peaks of Patagonia.
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Destination expert in ChileI am Chilean and have lived in Spain and USA. I have traveled from the very north to the very south of Chile and sincerely believe the beauty and diversity of its landscape, as well as the warmth of its people, make our country a unique and interesting place to visit. I very much enjoy offering my expertise to anyone who wants to visit Chile. I can make suggestions from the cleanest budget hotels to the nice...
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Thanks to Chile’s gradual emergence as one of South America’s most stable economies it has become a benchmark for development in South America – as well as a favorite destination for tourists and investors.
Chile tours inevitably start in its capital, Santiago. It is home to 6 million people, and is the 6th biggest city in the continent. It may lag behind Argentina's capital, Buenos Aires, in terms of reputation, but Santiago’s buzzing restaurant and bar scene is going from strength to strength and its infrastructure and cleanliness is unmatched in the rest of the continent.
Things to do on Chile Tours
Main Attractions and Tourist Regions
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.
So What’s Chile all about?
Food and Culture of Chile
With Chile’s absurdly long coast, it is no surprise that Chilean cuisine features exquisite seafood dishes, fresh from the day’s catch.
Additionally, like Argentina, Chile is famous for its fantastic wine, particularly red, and sumptuous steak, cooked to perfection in an asado, a brick barbecue with a chimney that adds a nice smokey flavor to the beastly red meat. Fortunately the two go so exceptionally well together.
Meat is really the staple requirement in any Chilean dish, whether it’s pork smothered with chili, a wholesome chicken and vegetable soup or salty chunks of beefy goodness.
Literature plays an integral part in understanding the culture of Chile, with illustrious poets such as Pablo Neruda and Gabriela Mistral having won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Both were stern advocates of socialist politics, which induced their vehement yet romantic poetry.
When to go on Chile Tours
What time of the year is it best to visit Chile?
Southern Chile attracts many visitors throughout the appealing summer months of November-March.
The Atacama desert can be explored all year round, but summer brings about extremely hot days and bitterly cold nights.
In general Chile tours can certainly be a great experience all year round but December-March is the high season. Skiing is best in the winter months of July-September.
How can I organize a trip to Chile?
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