Remember the pictures on the Instagram with hashtags like Top 10 places to visit in your lifetime? You definitely have seen the marble caves of Puerto Rio Tranquilo as one of those beautiful attractions. And guess where it is – Chile. Chile is a long and narrow country with the most alluring distinctive places to visit. Its geographical made-up is what acquires everything from the driest desert of the world – The Atacama, to the beautiful views of Pacific in South. You will find cities adorned with fantastic paintings on the walls and you’ll get to have the food that will be soul-relieving for you as a traveller.
The geographic features of Chile which make it one of the most diverse countries also makes it a country difficult to get around. Travel expenses in Chile are pretty high. You will have to spend too much time travelling through the mountains and greens.
Let me relieve some of your burdens about getting around in Chile. Here is the guide to help you plan your travel itinerary in Chile.
Santiago: You put your first step in Chile when you land at the international airport of Santiago. A beautiful city with numerous tourist attractions. La Moneda – which is the seat of President of the Republic of Chile. One of the views you cannot miss can be seen from Cerro Santa Lucia. It has the scene of the outstanding Andes Mountains across the city. Museums can be taken as a boring place to visit, but hey, that is where you get to learn about the region and its history. So do not miss out on the Museo de la Memoria y Los Derechos Humanos. Staying here overnight is the most convenient option for there is a lot yet to come.
San Pedro de Atacama: Day two begins with a two-hour flight to Calama. From here you hire a cab to San Pedro de Atacama. This beautiful town is surrounded with dramatic deserts amidst the Andes Mountains. You must explore some hot water geysers like Geisers del Tatio, plateaus – Piedras Rojas, Lagunas Altiplanicas and volcanoes and hot springs. Therefore, you do not need to rush here as the beauty of this region will amaze you if you spend a little more time here. Take 2-3 days to get around the town and have a good food to keep you going.
Valparaíso: You will have to return to Santiago by plane and reach this harbour city by bus. It isn’t really that far to travel. Valparaiso is a beautiful port city which is on the coastal region of Chile. Here is the most beautiful museum which was once a home for the great poet and Nobel Prize winner, Pablo Neruda. This museum has an amusing view of the Pacific. Furthermore, the city is full of wonders that were imprinted on the walls by an influx of European immigrants during the 19th century. You will find beautiful paintings and wall art on the houses in the city. They certainly speak of their traditions and cultures. It is a place that will give you stunning pictures to keep as a memory of your visit to beautiful Chile.
Visiting in Summers? Don’t you forget to get around the Viña del Mar, to find the best beaches? Have a wonderful time that you will always remember. Get the easiest access by Playa Caleta Abarca, also find beautiful beaches nearby Reñaca. Spend at least 2-3 days here to get familiar with every corner of the city, I bet it will cherish your heart and the waters will bring you soulfulness you’ve sought for. If you have more time, spending a week or more in this place is just the best way because this place has a lot to offer.
Santiago and Colchagua: Now since it is the last days of your vacation here of ten days, the best time you will spend is in the vineyards of Colchagua Valley. You can reach here from Santiago. They have the most awarded vineyards around. The adorable scenery steals your heart and you feel relieved while roaming around the place. You can have a car rented to get around. Now there is another option for it too, you can get to Santa Cruz by bus. Besides that, renting a bike and wandering around the region is the best thing to do here. You can stay here for two days or so to fully enjoy the scenic beauty.
Other attractions of Chile:
• Mirador Gamboa
• Puerto Varas
• Volcán Villarrica
• Parque Nacional Huerquehue
• Parque Nacional Conguillio
There is a lot more in Chile and we’re still working on it. Till then, Keep travelling! 🙂