Read about the 4 Main Attractions in Chile from our Travel Consultant Diego Silva.
Chile is the most narrow country in South America covering over 3000 miles in length; because of that it has an abundance of different landscapes, temperatures and ecosystems. The country completely changes from North to South making it one of the most interesting countries to visit. Below are the main highlights I recommend seeing throughout Chile.
The Lake District is one of the most picturesque regions in Chile and sits right in the Andes Mountain range. The Lake District is home to several beautiful lakes and forests, making it the perfect destination for travelers looking for nature and tranquility. You can enjoy winter sports between June and August, and you can enjoy trekking excursions during the spring and summer months between October and March. The architecture throughout the region is European influenced because of the European settlers in the region. Puerto Varas or el Frutillar are some of the more distinct European regions.
Travel to the Lake District: You can visit the Lake District by airplane from Santiago de Chile to Puerto Montt, the main airport in the region. However, I recommend the lake crossing from Bariloche, Argentina, this is a far more beautiful way to discover the Lake District.
The Atacama desert is one of the driest deserts in the world, and it is one of the most popular destinations amongst travelers in Chile. The Atacama desert is located in the northern region of the country and offers many outdoorsy activities to visitors. From Atacama you can easily visit the Flamingos national reserve, see the Tatio geysers, explore the Moon Valley and relax in the Altiplanic Lagoons.
Travel to the Atacama Desert: The easiest way to connect San Pedro de Atacama is to fly through Calama. This is the closest airport to the dessert.
Easter Island is the most isolated island on earth and it sits above the Pacific Ocean. The island is most famous for the stone statues called Moais, located throughout the island. I like to think of Easter Island as a magnificent open-air museum. The history and legends behind the stone statues as well as the island itself is fascinating. There are several tours you can take from here, so I recommend spending at least 3-nights in order to see the whole Island.
Travel to Easter Island: The best way to travel to Easter Island is by taking a direct flight from Santiago de Chile. There are several daily flights from Santiago de Chile, however they fill up quickly, so if you are planning to visit the island I recommend planning in advance.
The Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia is by far one of the most beautiful parks in South America, better yet the world. The park is located in the south end of the Chile and has spectacular contrasting landscapes with jutting mountains, beautiful colored lakes, glaciers and waterfalls. It is truly a natural beauty. The best time to visit is during the Patagonia summer months from October to February.
Travel to Torres del Paine: You can travel to Torres del Paine by flying into Punta Arenas, and then taking a bus from the city to Puerto Natales (the closest town to the National Park.
Recommended Lodge: Explora Torres del Paine Lodge. This is by far the most luxurious lodge on the island, ask us about or Explora Travel Specials! Or check out our Patagonia Tours through Torres del Paine.
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