1 – Atacama Desert
The Atacama Desert located in northern Chile is the highest and most arid desert in the world. In some localities it has not rained for 400 years and the annual rainfall index is 0.1 mm. The Atacama is 250 times drier than the Sahara desert. Despite the inhospitable climate the Atacama with plains surpassing 4,000 meters and mountains of more than 6,000 meters is a place of incredible natural wonders and spectacular geological formations. San Pedro do Atacama is the city that concentrates the main means of lodging and local tourist services. The main attractions of the region are: Salar de Atacama, Salar de Tara, Lagunas Altiplánicas, Death Valley, Valley of the Moon and Geisers del Tatio.
2 – Marble Chapels (Marble Chapels)
The Marble Chapels are mineral formations of calcium carbonate, located on the shores of Lake General Carrera well south of Chile. Over the years, the waters of the lake eroded the rock formations, creating these structures that, when the lake is at a low level, can have its interior covered by small boats. This place has been listed numerous times by travel guides as one of the most spectacular places on earth. General Carrera Lake lies on the banks of the mythical Carretera Austral Road.
3 – Easter Island / Rapa Nui
Easter Island (or Rapa Nui, in the native language) is the last frontier to the west of South America. Located 3500 kilometers off the Chilean coast, its roots are essentially Polynesian that established a unique civilization and full of mysteries. The striking incones of this town are the moai, gigantic volcanic stone statues, from 1 to 10 meters high and weighing up to 80 tons, spread all over the perimeter of the island. Getting to know Easter Island is a unique experience. It is also a local exculente for scuba diving due to the exuberance of its marine life.
4 – Torres del Paine
Torres del Paine is a national park located in southern Chile, in Patagonia, is a place of incredible beauty and attracts visitors from all over the world. Make no mistake, it’s one of the most beautiful places on Earth. The park is a succession of woods, mountains, lakes and lagoons, fjords, everlasting glaciers, flower fields is the program and occupation of everyone who goes there, and thus you have trekking circuits with and without accompanying guides, Kayaking, horseback riding, rock climbing.
5 – Lagoa de Cristal – Algarrobo
In the small town of Algarrobo, which is 88Km from Santiago, is located the largest pool in the world with almost 1000 meters in length. This pool is in the San Alfonso del Mar Resort and is called the Crystal Lagoon. The pool is so large that it is possible to sail, boating, wakeboarding, among other sports. The pool has salt water, is pumped from the sea and purified by powerful filters. At its deepest point the pool is 35 meters.
6 – Valparaíso and Viña del Mar
Located just 112 km from the capital Santiago, Valparaiso is the main port of Chile and is known for its colors and its nineteenth century city scenery. Its city history, considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has a charming colonial architecture, great seafood restaurants, markets and shops. Highlight for the centenary Elevador Artilleria (second photo) and the house of the writer Pablo Neruda in Isla Negra. It is worth to visit the nearby town, Viña del Mar, with its beautiful beaches and excellent seafood restaurants.
7 – Puerto Varas and Andean Lakes
The lovely little Puerto Varas can be walked on foot, the best way to see the sights of Osorno Volcano and the colonial wooden houses built by German immigrants in the early 19th century. Many are considered national monuments. Located on the shores of Lake Llanquihue, the second largest lake in Chile, the city acts as a starting point for fishing, white-water rafting, horseback riding and sea kayaking excursions.
8 – Valle Nevado, El Colorado, La Parva and Farellones
These four ski centers form the largest ski area in South America. They are located 40 km from Santiago, capital of Chile. Valle Nevado is the most famous (and expensive) resort and offers a 5 star hotel and other more economical options. Some lift tickets give access to all tracks. For experienced skiers there are more radical options like heliski and catski. The ski season starts in July and runs through mid-September. Vale Nevado has 3 hotels, one being 5 stars, another 4 and another, simpler, 3 stars.
9 – Colchágua Valley (Wine Route)
The Colchagua Valley is located south of Santiago following the RN 5, passing through the cities of Buin, Paine, Rancagua until reaching San Fernando, to Santa Cruz, (approximately 180 km from Santiago). The valley has one of the best vineyards in Chile, there are more than 27 wineries famous for the quality of its production, which stands out for producing the best wines of the country. The wineries of Colchagua have acquired international fame, exhibiting the highest technological standards and quality. One can appreciate and know the process of production and manufacturing and wineries of some of these vineyards that possess the most modern technologies along with traditional techniques in the elaboration of the wine.
10 – Pucon
Pucón is one of those beautiful little postcard towns, can be accessed by plane or a nine hour car or train journey from Santiago. A great city for a family vacation. Pucón is crowded with visitors during the summer months, and in winter, fun is guaranteed at its ski center. Its main attractions are the Villarrica Volcano (the trekking to the top of the volcano is a must-see and medium difficulty program), the Huerquehue National Park and the thermal hot springs.