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Places to See in Chile

santiago de chile toursSantiago

The capital city is often omitted from visitors check lists of places to visit in Chile but it does offer many good museums and has some great hotels. It is a modern and industrial city but there are some interesting sights to see. If you are looking at getting out of the city on a day trip then Valparaiso is worth a visit. It is a large port town with some fascinating winding streets, over seven hills and connected by old funicular railways. An overnight in Valparaiso is no bad thing as there are some excellent boutique hotels there. From Santiago it is also possible to visit some wineries to do some tastings and have lunch.

atacama desert tours Atacama Desert

This famous desert has a lot to offer. It is particularly great for photographers with such colourful and remote scenery. San Pedro de Atacama is the main town but Calama is the nearest airport, one hour away. Attractions include Valle de Luna with spectacular landscapes carved by the erosion of salt mountains, Pukara de Quitor which is a pre-Inca fortress, El Tatio Geysers which are best seen first thing in the morning and Salar de Atacama which is a vast salt lake. Being so remote with no pollution this area is fantastic for star gazing. Most people spend a few days here and it is possible to cross overland into Bolivia or Argentina and continue travelling in either of those countries.
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lake district toursLake District

This covers fairly large area with Puerto Montt being one access point and Temuco being another. The area runs along the Andes so there are many points down the spine of the Andes where you can cross between Chile and Argentina. The main towns which visitors tend to head for in the Lake District are Puerto Varas and Pucon, both of which have beautiful surrounding scenery. The Osorno Volcano is a stunning if you are lucky not to have cloud obscuring your view! There are some great walking opportunities in this area through the many parks and reserves. Pucon attracts those wanting outdoor activities as well as those not. The Huerquehue National Park has 1000 year old trees and is fantastic area for walking.

northern patagonia toursNorthern Patagonia

This amazing stretch of empty road winds around mountains taking you from one remote village to another. If you like driving and big scenery then this is the adventure for you! Roads are fairly bumpy, although paved in parts, but it is the landscape you are there for. It is difficult not to be impressed!

torres del paineTorres del Paine

Perhaps one of the better known areas of Chile, this national park attracts many hikers, and non-hikers, every season. Accommodation is limited within the park but there are options to suit every budget. More dedicated hikers can walk a loop around the park whereas many visitors base themselves at a hotel or hosteria and do day hikes, or drive around. It is also possible to take a boat across Lago Grey to see the glacier there. Like all of Chile, the spectacular scenery will blow you away – just like the unpredictable weather! The park is generally open October-April and is accessed either from Punta Arenas (nearest airport) or overland from Argentina.
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easter island toursEaster Island

Reached by a 5 hour flight from Santiago Easter Island is easily accessible. Most visitors will spend three or four nights there and admire the moai and learn the history and culture. Every January there is a great festival called Tapiti which is worth including in a trip if possible, although the island does tend to get busy.
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