Sand and salt deserts, glaciers and one of the most remote islands in the world. These are just some of the extremes of Chile, a country that had dozens of tourist destinations evaluated by readers of the Tripadvisor website, which now publishes the best of the year.
So, if you’re wondering where to travel in Chile besides Santiago, this ranking is a good place to start. I’ve had the privilege of visiting several of these places, so along with the list, I’ll add our guides and related travel tips. And if you have any questions, just ask.
Main metropolis and starting point for other tourist destinations in Chile, the capital Santiago has its own light. It has a preserved historic center, viewpoints overlooking the Andes Mountains, charming and bohemian neighborhoods like Bellavista and great restaurants, in addition to being surrounded by wineries.
2. San Pedro de Atacama
Main base for exploring the Atacama Desert, the small San Pedro de Atacama It still preserves its traditional Adobe houses, but has gained great restaurants, luxury hotels and tourism agencies specializing in adventure tours through the region, where there are geysers, dunes, multicolored lagoons, snowy volcanoes and other landscapes of unbelievable beauty.
3. Puerto Varas
From German colonization, the friendly Puerto Varas is one of the best adventure destinations in South America. It is surrounded by magnificent natural attractions such as Lake Llanquihue and the Osorno Volcano. Among the best activities there are rafting, horseback riding and the beautiful Andean lakes. In winter, it is possible to ski on the slopes of the Osorno volcano.
Despite its almost 500 years of history and important architectural landmarks, valparaiso it is best known for its artistic and bohemian atmosphere. From the top of its hills, accessible by century-old elevators, there are charming cafes, bars and impressive views of the sea, where the largest port in Chile is located.
5. Santa Cruz
This one goes out to the wine lovers. 180 kilometers south of Santiago, tiny Santa Cruz is the main base for exploring the Colchagua Valley, a region that produces full-bodied red wines. Famous wineries are there, such as Ventisquero, Casa Silva and Viu Manent.
6. Puerto Natales
Basically one thing makes Puerto Natales one of the best destinations in Chile: it is the gateway to the Torres del Paine National Park, where the world famous granite peaks known as “W” are located. In the region it is also possible to go hiking, boating and horseback riding, among other ecotourism activities.
Waves up to 9 meters high make Pichilemu the main surfing destination in Chile. The beaches are clean and the small one attracts more and more young and beautiful people. It is part of our list of the best beaches in Chile. But to enter the icy sea, you have to have courage.
Considered one of the best adventure destinations in South America, pucon can be used at any time of the year. In summer, take the opportunity to climb to the top of the volcano, go rafting and enjoy the beaches of the volcanic lakes. In winter, the ski resort is the biggest attraction, in addition to the hot springs around the city.
9. Punta Arenas
Capital of Chilean Patagonia, Punta Arenas has 150,000 inhabitants and is the best base for exploring the Strait of Magellan. The city center has beautiful architecture, especially the Plaza de Armas. But without a doubt, the best are the natural attractions, such as Isla Magdalena, full of penguins and the Magallanes National Reserve, where you can ski overlooking the sea.
10. Easter Island
One of the most remote islands in the world, Easter Island is steeped in legend. There are the giant moais and some of the most beautiful beaches in Chile. It is also interesting to learn about the history of the Rapa Nui, a native people who almost disappeared.
Now that you know which are the main tourist destinations in Chile, you can start planning your trip to this incredible country. And here on the blog there are tips on the best places to visit and complete travel itineraries. And if you have questions, just ask.