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Discovering Chile: 5 Must-See Destination Spots for Travelers - From Santiago to Patagonia

Chile is the narrowest nation throughout the world, yet its borders provide some of the most diverse terrains. From waterfalls to mountains, hot springs to volcanoes… you never know what you might come across next. It's no secret that the country provides a vast array of exciting things to do and see for people of all ages. As a foreigner entering the nation, 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 first.


Torres del Paine National Park - Chile
Torres del Paine National Park

Santiago

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. For instance, 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 wonder each crevice and still find new details while your ears get to hear the pleasant sounds of live music fill the air.


Valparaiso

valparaiso chile Chile travel
Valparaiso

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 amount of 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 60's and 70's that 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 Chiloe

The beautiful beaches and thick forested areas of Isla Grande de Chiloe seem to go on forever with their beauty. As you explore, you will find waterfalls, wildlife, and empty beaches no matter where you go on the island. The winter months in Chiloe may not allow for residents and tourists to take advantage of the many water activities there are to enjoy, but that certainly doesn't stop the penguins.


San Pedro de Atacama

San Pedro de Atacama Chile travel
San Pedro de Atacama

Known as one of the driest desert regions on this planet, San Pedro de Atacama isn't meant for everyone crossing through. Nevertheless, 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.


Patagonia

Patagonia is a vast region that occupies the southern halves of both Chile and Argentina. Its landscape comprises the Andes, vast forests, lakes, glaciers and remote villages. Torres del Paine National Park is one of the most popular destinations in Patagonia. Some of the activities include hiking, horseback riding, ice hiking on glaciers, kayak among the glaciers or bike the rugged mountain trails. You can also explore the Lake District, Aysen and the Chilean Fjords.


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