4 MUST-SEE DESTINATIONS IN CHILE
Chile is DEFINITELY on my Book-It list - a country that has so many different experiences, warm culture and great cuisine. Also the gateway to Antarctica, it's an outstanding place to spend a few days before making the journey. I'm looking forward to visiting the capital of Santiago and traveling to the south to Patagonia, the area shared by Chile and Argentina.
Chile is the narrowest nation in the world, yet within its borders are some of the most diverse terrains - from waterfalls to mountains, hot springs to volcanoes. It's no secret that the country provides a vast array of exciting things to do and see. Here you will find that the rich culture, fantastic cuisine, lively nightlife, and sightseeing can keep you busy for a lifetime, so we've created a list of four of Chile's best destination spots that you must see.
Santiago is the capital of this majestic country, and it certainly doesn't lack character. As the largest city in Chile, you will find that residents and tourists favor it for many reasons. Each neighborhood nestled within the city's borders is distinctly different from the next. As you enter Bellavista, you are introduced to historical European homes and free-spirited energy that you can't ignore. With colorful buildings, marketplaces, and street art around nearly every corner, your eyes could wander each crevice and still find new details while your ears take in the pleasant sounds of live music filling the air.
If the street art of Santiago gave your eyes pleasure, wait until you experience Valparaiso. This city is one of the most desirable places for tourists due to its bountiful cafes, art galleries, and coffee shops. Take the rich history of this Santiago suburb in by viewing the protest art created by young protesters in the 60s and 70s who referred to themselves as the "Ramona Parra Brigades," or take a walk through the open museum of Museo a Cielo Abierto to get a glimpse of murals that are beyond your wildest dreams.
ISLA GRANDE DE CHILOÉ
The beautiful beaches and thick forested areas of Isla Grande de Chiloé seem to go on forever with their beauty. As you explore, you will find waterfalls, wildlife, and pristine beaches no matter where you go on the island. Isolated for many years, the residents, called Chilotes, developed self-reliance, but many have left the island for a more secure lifestyle. Those remaining continue their traditions and are slowly building up a tourist infrastructure. Chiloé is becoming an increasingly popular destination for walking, biking, fishing, paddling, and birding.
SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA
Known as one of the driest desert regions on this planet, San Pedro de Atacama is popular for backpackers, hikers and those who come for the natural wonders. The area provides some of the best night skies and exciting hiking adventures. Make sure to check out the volcano Lascar which is situated at the arc connecting four countries before you head to the geyser field of El Tatio for a soak in its hot springs.
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