Looking at the map of South America, probably everyone notices the uniqueness of Chile . It is the longest and… the narrowest country in the world . However, it is not only the layout of the borders that distinguishes this country. Chile is, above all, a country of huge contrasts, which result, among other things, from the fact that practically all climatic zones can be found there. In the north you can find the Atacama Desert - the driest place on earth. At some points it has never rained since any measurements have been made. The south of the country, headed by Patagonia , is a land of variety.
High, jagged mountains, green meadows, vast lakes and bays, icebergs and highly dynamic weather, with an indication of wind, rain and lower temperatures. The central part of the country offers slightly more stable weather conditions. This is where the capital of Chile is located, i.e. bustling Santiago . This country is undoubtedly an interesting travel destination, especially for people who prefer adventure and active tourism, who are not afraid of the hardships associated with overcoming huge distances.
What to see in Chile?
Chile is gigantic and therefore can offer a large number of places to visit. It's worth starting with the capital. There are many interesting museums in Santiago , including the world-famous Museum of Remembrance and Human Rights . It is also worth going to Valparaiso , which impresses with a variety of architecture, interesting monuments and a large number of great viewpoints. Easter Island is unique in terms of visiting places. It is there that you will find about 1000 maoi - stone statues that represent the ancestors of the Rapa Nui people.
Best beaches in Chile
Chile's coastline is as long as the entire country. However, the best places to sunbathe and relax can be found in the northern and central part of this South American country. The most popular Chilean resort is undoubtedly Iquique . Here you will find the most beautiful beaches and the best surfing conditions. Also noteworthy is Antofagasta with mining roots, or La Serena located in a bay along which runs a phenomenal, long, sandy beach.
Nightlife in Chile
If you want to have fun, in Chile you have to focus on the larger cities or seaside resorts. Because they are the focus of the country's nightlife. Of course, Santiago has the most pubs and clubs. The capital is undoubtedly the most party point on the map of this country. But not only! Pucon with its cosmopolitan character also deserves attention.
National parks in Chile
Chile is, above all, a real treat for wild nature fans. If you belong to this group, make sure you set aside some time for Patagonia . Punto Arenas and Puerto Natales are a great base for exploring this area. Make sure to plan a few days at Torres del Paine. An interesting proposition can be a journey along the Carretera Austral route, which, at a distance of 1,200 km, runs through numerous national parks and territories that are amazing in terms of landscape. Also go to the Atacama Desert , where you will find, among others, salt lakes and lagoons.
Active in Chile
Chile is also a great proposition for people who like to spend time actively. Here they will have many opportunities to do so. First of all, you can find here a colossal number of hiking trails. The most popular are the "W" and "O" routes in the Torres del Paine National Park . An interesting proposition is also the vicinity of Pucon and Lake Villarrica, where there are many hiking and cycling routes. If you like surfing, then a visit to the northern coast of the country is a must. In Chile, canoeing is also very popular, which can be practiced on numerous Chilean lakes. Definitely plan a kayaking trip to the Marble Caves in Lago General Carrera . And if you want to go skiing , visit Portillo in the heart of the Andes during the Chilean winter.
Off the trail in Chile
Chile is not only the top attractions mentioned by all guides, portals and blogs dedicated to this country. These are also places that tourists visit less often. Certainly one of them is the Juan Fernandez archipelago, within which the Robinson Crusoe Island is located. Due to the remoteness from the mainland and quite expensive transport, also Easter Island can be considered a place off the main tourist route. Of the coastal towns, Antofagasta is less popular. So, if you are looking for a resort that is less crowded by local and foreign tourists, then it will definitely be a good choice.