Major Tourist Attractions: Fantasilandia, Torres del Paine National Park, Valle Nevado, La Moneda Palace, Chiloe Island
Chile’s long and slender crop of land in the Americas lends to its array of landscapes from its northern deserts to its southern forests and islands. With its city life, food and wine country, and beaches and lakes, there is plenty to do in this stable and well-established South American country.
Flanked by the Andes on its eastern border, Chile offers great trekking adventures for travelers looking to spend time outdoors. Experience the world renowned Patagonia by heading to Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park for beautiful trails of natural beauty. On the opposite border, the country’s west coast has over 4,000 kilometers of coastline for surfing, kayaking, scuba diving and more.
Spanish is the main language spoken in Chile and is sometime referred to as Castellano de Chile, a dialect known for dropping the last letters of words such as the “s". English can also get you by in larger cities or with the country’s youth. There are also native languages still spoken to a much smaller extent, though many are extinct or on their way. For a look into traditional cultures, the towns of Putre and Socoroma, just inland from Arica on the Andean altiplano, offer architectural marvels and chances to see Aymara traditions continuing on.
Chile has a wide range of accommodations from high-end hotels like the Ritz and Sheraton in the capital city of Santiago, hostels located throughout the country, or all-inclusive resorts near their hot springs and ski trails.
Here is a look at some of the adventures that await travelers to Chile:
- Go only 40 km east of Santiago for day trip skiing or snowboarding
- Kayak on the Maipo River in central Chile
- Surf or enjoy beach resorts in Pichilemu, a city also popular for its annual surf championships
- See the erected stone monuments called moais on the infamous Easter Island
- Visit the exotic and wild Patagonia for various outdoors sports including trekking or simply to admire the beauty
- Eat different traditional Chilean empanadas of meat, cheese or seafood
- Tour one of the several wine routes in Chile’s central valley
- Sample Chilean Pisco, a brandy made from muscat grapes
- See the Churches of Chiloé, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000
- Stroll around the Parque Metropolitano for views of the city and the Plaza de Armas for shops and restaurants in Santiago
- Check out Barrio Lastarria, a bohemian neighborhood with plenty of restaurants, shops, and bars in Santiago
- Learn about the human rights violations committed by the Chilean state at the Museum of Memory and Human Rights
Address: Avenida Andrés Bello 2800
Las Condes, Santiago, Chile
Phone: (56-2) 2330-3716;
After hours: (56-2) 2330-3000