Chile

→ Beautiful coastlines
→ Rich culture and cuisines
→ Filled with historic sites

Chile is home to the Andes, the world's longest mountain ranges and the Atacama Desert, the world's driest place.

Outdoor Activities Lover

Surfing, Trekking/Hiking, Hang gliding, Paragliding

Wildlife and Nature Lover

Beaches, National Parks, Forests, Mountains, Scenic Landscapes

Art and Culture Lover

Architecture, Museums and Galleries:
Culture and Traditions:
Festivals and Events:

Patagonia: October-March
The Atacama Desert, Santiago, the Central Valleys⇒ All year round

top destinations in Chile

This is the list of top destinations in Chile where you can have a lot of experience in one trip. This saves your time not only while surfing the internet for the top destinations to travel but also while traveling or exploring that particular location. And of course, this can save your money too.

Atacama Desert

Atacama Desert

  • Driest desert in the world
  • Valle de la Luna (the Moon Valey) is in close proximity.
  • Moon Valley
  • Volcanos
  • Geysers
  • Lakes
  • Sand dunes
  • Flamingos
  • Sandboarding at the dunes
  • Stargazing
  • Visit Geysers
  • Watch Flamingos
  • Stroll around the lagoons

Torres del Paine

Torres del Paine

  • Breathtaking landscapes
  • Glaciers
  • Mountain ranges (three tall granite peaks)
  • Lagoons
  • Green Forests
  • Grasslands
  • Hiking (the French Valley; the Grey Glacier)
  • Horseback riding

Santiago

Santiago

  • Cultural capital and entertainment center of Chile
  • Home to numerous museums and galleries
  • Travel hub for visitors
  • Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts
  • Centro Cultural Palacio la Moneda, art and cultural center
  • Museum of Pre-Columbian Art
  • San Cristobal Hill
  • Parque Forestal (Park)
  • Visit La Moneda (the Presidential Palace)
  • Visit museums and art galleries
  • Visit Parque Forestal (Park)

Chilean Lake District (Chiloe Island)

Chilean Lake District (Chiloe Island)

  • Spectacular valley region with snow-capped volcanoes, sparkling lakes, immense forests
  • Breathtaking natural scenery
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • White water rafting
  • Kayaking
  • Canoeing
  • Climbing volcano
  • Horseback riding
  • Skiing

Easter Island

Easter Island

  • Mysterious stone sculptures
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Stone Statues
  • See the human statues (the Moais) at Rano Raraku National park
  • Enjoy the sunrise from the Tongariki
  • Enjoy the beaches
  • Bike around the Island
  • Hike to the Terevaka Volcano
  • Diving

top activities to do in Chile

Either a valid passport (valid for 6 months beyond the length of stay) with return tickets or valid passport with visa (depending on your country) may be required to enter Chile.

Citizens from certain countries (including the USA, Australia, Canada, Britain, and the other EU) can stay up to 90 days (within a 6 months period) without a visa for tourism purposes.

For nationals from other countries, check your visa requirements (depend on the nationality) for Chile with the embassy/consulate near you before traveling. The cost and validity of visas vary according to nationality.

Visa Cards and Mastercards are widely accepted. ATMs are available throughout the country. Exchanging a traveler’s check can be hard.

Since the major attractions are well scattered across Chile, you should choose one based on where you want to go and what you want to see.

Domestic Flights:
Domestic flights are convenient and fast for traveling long distances.

Metros/Railways:
Metros provide services in Santiago. A limited network of railways provides an affordable service in some regions.

Buses/Trams/Coaches:
Chile has got a good public transport system that is cheap too. In case of time availability, buses are a fair option for traveling not-too-long distances. Major towns and cities are well connected by roads. City buses/coaches/trams are an affordable option in some cities as long as you are a familiar rider. Tolls are also available.

Taxis/Cars:
Inside the city, you can get around on foot or by taxi. Hiring a car or picking up a taxi (registered/officially licensed) can be the best alternatives too. You can rent a bike too.

Boats/Ferries:
Boats/ferries also provide services in areas consisting island/coast.

Travel Tips:
Most of Chile’s attractions are free to visit while others require fees and permit.

Weather Tips:
You should be cautious during extreme summer and extreme winter. It is a good practice to always check the latest weather updates and avalanche conditions before going to mountainous regions/ski resorts. Do not ignore the suggestions given by local people and always follow the instructions given by local authorities. 

Health Tips:
It’s better to take precaution against tetanus, hepatitis A, typhoid and hantavirus while traveling to some regions of Chile. Although immunizations are not required while traveling to Chile, it is advisable to update your standard vaccinations of mumps, measles, rubella, polio, diphtheria, rabies, hepatitis, tuberculosis, and tetanus.

It’s better to make full travel insurance including health insurance.

Others:
You should be aware of the petty crimes (from pickpockets, thieves, scammers, etc.) taking place inside and outside the cities. You should take care of your travel documents, luggage, and other belongings, especially in public transports. Don’t walk alone at night and don’t walk through less traveled areas alone. Expensive hotels are far safer to stay.

our recommendations

Based on the places and experiences that you will never get in other countries i.e they are uniquely different from other countries, we tried to narrow down the lists in terms of ‘must-see’ places.

Must-visit destinations in Chile:

If you are an outdoor adventure lover:

  1. Chilean Lake District

If you are a history lover:

  1. Easter Island

If you are a nature lover:

  1. Chilean Lake District
  2. Torres del Paine

If you are museums, galleries and culture lover:

               For Art, Museums and Galleries:

  1. Santiago

              For Cultures and Traditions:     

  1. Santiago

   

From the above list, you can see that the Chilean Lake District overlaps in two categories and others in one category. You can make your trip worthy by planning an itinerary according to your priorities and make much out of it by having a lot of experiences in your single trip without having your time and money wasted in traveling and just covering distances in-between.

Our Pick:  Since Chile is mostly about unique landscapes, our first pick would be Torres del Paine and the Atacama Desert. 

Follow these itineraries ideas (below): If you want to make most out of your trip; if you want to have a lot of experiences  in one trip missing almost nothing in your whole trip; if you also don’t want to miss the must-see places and if you also don’t want to miss ‘nowhere-else’ destinations on the planet, then follow these tips.

If this is your first-time visit to Chile and 


If you have 7-8 days, then we recommend you to choose the following itinerary:

Either,
(If you want a desert tour)

Santiago (Day 1)→Valparaiso, return to Santiago (Day 2)→Calama (Day 3)→Atacama Desert (Day 4-5)→Return back to Calama and then to Santiago (Day 6)→Fly back home

Or,
(If you want a mountain tour)

Santiago (Day 1)→Fly to Puerto Montt (Day 2)→Fly to Punta Arenas, Patagonia (Day 3)→Drive to the Torres del Paine National Park (Day 4-5)→Return to Punta Arenas (Day 6)→Fly back to Santiago (Day 7)

(Note: If you want to complete the Torres del Paine W Trek, then it takes 4-5 extra days.)


If you have 14 days, then you can extend the above itinerary.

Santiago (Day 1)→Valparaiso, return to Santiago (Day 2)→Fly to Puerto Montt, take bus to Castro, a city in Chilean Lake District (Day 3)→Return to Puerto Montt (Day 4)→Fly to Punta Arenas, Patagonia (Day 5)→Drive to the Torres del Paine National Park (Day 6-7)→Return to Punta Arenas (Day 8)→Fly back to Santiago(Day 9)→Calama (Day 10)→Atacama Desert (Day 11-12)→Return back to Calama and then to Santiago (Day 13)→Fly back home (Day 14)


(Note: Please note that the itineraries mentioned here are focused on the routes or directions to follow for saving time and money and still not missing the ‘must-see’ destinations. The days mentioned here in-between the places is a rough estimation just to give you general itinerary ideas. You can shorten or lengthen this time according to your interests, season, budget, and time available. For example, sometimes you might want to experience the nature, activities, and culture in a relaxed manner without any haste and without feeling cramped.)


We’ve covered our recommendations for ‘must-visit destinations’. The list of other wonderful places throughout Chile can get long. The priorities for a destination to visit can be different from person to person as it depends upon personal preferences and interests. But these are the itineraries covering ‘must-do’ or ‘must-see’ places once in your lifetime.