Where To Go On Holiday In Chile
Probably best known for its alluring Easter Island with its mysterious giant statues, the island also boasts a plethora of outdoor sports including surfing, diving, horse riding and hiking. Take time out from all the adventure to relax on one of the islands beautiful beaches, and to discover all of the hidden gems that this remote yet bewitching island has to offer. Also worth a look in is the equally enigmatic Isla Robinson Crusoe with its craggy landscape and UNESCO status which also plays home to the Juan Fernández fur seal.
In the north of the country you’ll find the oasis village of San Pedro de Atacama, the driest place on earth, and tucked not far away the Salar de Atacama and Ramsar Site Salar de Surire salt flats. Additionally the area boasts the staggeringly beautiful Lauca National Park and Chungara Lake.
For a slice of city life head to Valparaíso, the country’s cultural capital and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Magnificent vibrant buildings are nestled into steep hillsides, funicular elevators transport you around the city, and a maze of cobbled streets make it easy to discover the city’s delights. If you’re visiting around New Years be sure to check out the three day festival in the lead up culminating in the largest fireworks display in Latin America.
If wildlife is your thing then why not take a cruise between Puerto Montt and Puerto Natales where you’ll be able to sight penguins, sea lions and dolphins, set against a backdrop of glistening glaciers and fjords. Head south and you can take in the grandiose San Rafael glacier, and the tranquillity of the lakes at the Torres del Paine National Park.
And what trip to Chile would be complete without sampling some fine wine? Regarded as one of the finest wine-producing countries in the world, you’ll be spoilt for choice with vineyards up and down the country across 5 wine producing regions; Atacama, Coquimbo, Aconcagua, Central Valley and Southern Chile.
In the very south of the country Tierra del Paine National Park provides holidaymakers with the chance to fill their camera full of photos of an incredible icy wilderness, and Cape Horn marks an end to South America.