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Welcome to Chile

In Chile, coastlines stretch along the Pacific Ocean; the rugged terrain of Patagonia seemingly reaches to the end of the earth; and the dry Atacama desert, Andes mountains, and Valdivian forests nestle against one another to create a country where the topography is as varied as the options for exploring. Santiago de Chile, the country's capital, is a melting pot of Latin culture, bohemian neighborhoods, and colonial architecture. Don't miss out on the views from the top of San Cristobal Hill (Cerro San Cristobal); colorful street art and thumping nightlife in trendy Bellavista; or a bike tour of top city sights. UNESCO World Heritage Site Valparaíso—renowned for its hillside funiculars (cable railways) and street art—as well as beachside gem Viña del Mar are just a 1.5-hour drive away, and easily doable on a day trip from Santiago. If you're seeking outdoor adventure, Patagonia's Torres del Paine National Park boasts surreal beauty, bringing together mountains, glaciers, lakes, and rivers to make it an ideal location for horseback riding or hiking tours. For wine lovers, Chile is the promised land of New World varietals, with regions such as the Maipo Valley, San Antonio Valley, and the Matetic Vineyards best explored on wine-tasting tours. Further north, the otherworldly landscapes of the Atacama Desert—home to Moon Valley, the Atacama Salt Lake, and the Ojos del Salar—are a must-see from San Pedro de Atacama. Meanwhile, far-flung Rapa Nui Easter Island, home to nearly 900 giant head statues, is a modern mystery best explored on a multi-day trip, including round-trip plane rides.

Top 15 attractions in Chile

Viña del Mar

Nicknamed the Garden City and located just an hour from Santiago, Viña del Mar is a charming seaside town famous for its flowers and its beach. Top attractions include the seafront Wulff Castle, the Flower Clock (Reloj de Flores), and Francisco Fonck Museum, the entrance of which is marked by a stone moai statue from Easter Island.More

Fort Bulnes (Fuerte Bulnes)

Reigning supreme over the Magellan Strait, Fort Bulnes (Fuerte Bulnes has been reconstructed to look exactly as it did when it was first built in the 19th century. As well as offering panoramic vistas of Punta Arenas from its watchtower, the fortress encompasses a museum that explores the colonial history of southern Chile.More

Milodon Cave (Cueva del Milodon)

Milodon Cave (Cueva del Milodón is a Chilean Natural Monument and site of paleontological interest. It was here that, in 1896, German explorer Eberhard Hermann found the fur and bones of a Mylodon, an extinct huge ground sloth. With a small museum and displays, the site pays homage to its former inhabitant.More

Punta Arenas Municipal Cemetery

Opened in 1894, the Punta Arenas Municipal Cemetery is known as the final resting place for some of the area’s most famous historical figures. Relevant families—like the Menendez-Behetys—even have their own chapels here. The massive iron gate stationed at the cemetery’s main entrance was donated by Sara Braun, a wealthy businesswoman, back in 1919, and local legend says it has remained closed and locked since the day it was completed at Sara’s request. While the grounds were originally reserved for bodies of British colonialists, it also includes those of famous German, French, Norwegian and Chilean residents as well.Punta Arenas Municipal Cemetery covers about 10 acres (four hectares) of city land, making it one of the most expansive burial grounds in the region. Visits are often included in city tours, and the cemetery’s main office has an incredible electronic database where travelers can search for individuals by name to find the location of specific plots.More

Llanquihue Lake

The second-largest lake in Chile, Llanquihue sits at the base of the near-perfect conically shaped Osorno Volcano, creating a defining image of the country’s Lake District. This is the starting point of Chilean Patagonia and—with its beautiful scenery and bounty of activities on offer—a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts.More

Nao Victoria Museum (Museo Nao Victoria)

Visitors to the Nao Victoria Museum can travel back in time and experience the real-life thrill of a 16th-century sailing experience. Opened in 2011, this destination is celebrated by locals for promoting national identity and preserving much of what makes this area so unique. Visitors can wander through four real-life replicas of famous ships: the Nao Victoria, James Caird, HMS Beagle and Schooner Ancud—boats that played an important role in the discovery of Magallanes. Guides are included in the cost of admission, which makes for rich storytelling while travelers explore the ships.More

Osorno Volcano

The snow-capped cone of Osorno Volcano is one of Chile’s most recognizable landmarks. Towering over Lake Todos Los Santos and Lake Llanquihue in the Andean mountain range, Osorno is the starting point of Chilean Patagonia and is a magnet for adventurous outdoor enthusiasts who come here to ski, hike, and trek.More

Moon Valley (Valle de la Luna)

With its parched desert plains and wind-sculpted topography, it’s easy to see how Moon Valley (Valle de la Luna) earned its name. The sharp sandstone peaks, glittering salt deposits, and crater-like depressions make for some dramatic photographs, and watching the sunset over the valley is an unforgettable experience.More

San Cristobal Hill (Cerro San Cristobal)

The Santiago skyline is dominated by San Cristobal Hill (Cerro San Cristobal), a forested mountain rising 2,821 feet (860 meters) above the city. The site is protected as part of the Santiago Metropolitan Park (Parque Metropolitano), one of the most famous city parks in Chile. Today, the park serves as a scenic escape above the smog that can grip Santiago on winter days, and offers fantastic views across this city of 6.5 million to the Andes Mountains.More

La Moneda Palace (Palacio de la Moneda)

The presidential palace known as La Moneda Palace (Palacio de la Moneda)is one of Santiago’s architectural icons. A giant Chilean flag billows before the white, neoclassical building, which houses movie theaters, art galleries, and an independent bookstore. Look for the statue of former president Salvador Allende at the southeast corner of Plaza de la Constitución.More

Grey Glacier

Tumbling into Grey Lake (Lago Grey) in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park, massive Grey Glacier is almost 100 feet (30 meters) high at its peak. An arresting backdrop of snowcapped mountains adds to the glacier’s frozen enchantment.More

Santa Lucia Hill (Cerro Santa Lucia)

Threaded with staircases and punctuated by plazas, the 230-foot-high (70-meter-high) Santa Lucía Hill is a landmark of downtown Santiago. Climb the 200+ stairs to the Torre Mirador viewpoint for panoramic views over the city and Andes beyond, catch the ceremonial cannon fire at noon, and people watch in the colorfully tiled Pedro de Valdivia Plaza.More

Valparaíso Historic Quarter

Hailed as the San Francisco of South America, Valparaíso’s Historic Quarter is a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its beautiful buildings, street art, and steep hills. Visit to admire the historic architecture and take a vintage funicular up the summits of the cerros, where you’ll find trendy cafes and bars.More

El Tatio Geysers

Plumes of steam from more than 60 geysers and hundreds of fumaroles erupt several feet into the air at the geyser field of El Tatio, high in the Andes in northern Chile. El Tatio isn’t the largest geyser field in the world, but with a backdrop of snowcapped mountains, it’s perhaps the most picturesque.More

Concha y Toro Winery

Open since 1883 and ranking among South America’s largest wine producers, Concha y Toro Winery is one of Chile’s most famous winemakers. The winery has vineyards all over the country and produces a huge variety of wines, including the world-renowned Don Melchor cabernet sauvignon. Its Pirque winery is a favorite Maipo Valley destination for oenophiles.More

Trip ideas

Valparaiso Tours from Santiago

Valparaiso Tours from Santiago

How to Spend 3 Days in Santiago

How to Spend 3 Days in Santiago

Top Wineries Near Santiago

Top Wineries Near Santiago

How to Spend 2 Days in San Pedro de Atacama

How to Spend 2 Days in San Pedro de Atacama

Top activities in Chile

Private Santiago City Half Day Tour
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Small-Group Cajón del Maipo Full-Day Tour and Picnic
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Full Day Small Group Tour - Viña Del Mar - Valparaiso - Casablanca - Reñaca
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Private Transfer from Santiago Airport or Hotel to San Antonio Hotel or Port
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Torres del Paine W Trek - 5 days

Torres del Paine W Trek - 5 days

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Recent reviews from experiences in Chile

Explore Santiago
Connie_S, Dec 2022
Private Santiago City Half Day Tour
It is a non-alcohol refreshing summer drink.
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Neveen_H, Nov 2022
Inca Lagoon in Andes Mountain Range - Visit Local Vineyard with Tasting included
The tour organiser was very fluent in English, friendly and a happy company.
Highly recommend
Darcy_L, Jul 2022
Viña del Mar & Valparaiso - Full Day - Small group and private tours
It is hard to find English speaking guides in Chile, so glad to have found him!
Tasty Way to Learn About Chile
Jim_W, Jul 2022
Join Carol, a Local in her Home for a Traditional Chilean Cooking Class and Meal
Both spoke flawless English.
Great Driver, Great Experience
Doug_E, Nov 2022
Transfer from Temuco Airport to Pucon
However, on our 1 hour trip to Pucon he used google translate to talk to us and explain all the sites and area attractions.
Dinner Date in Chile
Larry_E, Nov 2022
Traditional Dinner Show in Santiago
I was impressed with one of the wait staff who understood English enough to oversee that my wife's meal was completely gluten-free.
Amazing scenery! Great guides
larissa123, Oct 2022
Cajon Del Maipo from Santiago Including Empanadas & Wine in Local farm
Both Dany and Gabriel speak perfect English.
Heavenly Time!
fungal, Oct 2022
Full-Day Tour of Valparaiso Port and Viña del Mar from Santiago
Picked up on time at my B&B by driver Ben, and our knowledgeable narrator, Helen who did an exceptional job alternating English and Spanish for our diverse group.
Great Tour!
Brenda_E, Jul 2022
Full-Day Tour of Valparaiso Port and Viña del Mar from Santiago
The scenery there I'm sure is gorgeous in the summer,it's Winter now,so no grapes on the vines,but still a pretty winery.
A one day trip to remember for a lifetime
carlosbarberena, Jul 2022
Inca Lagoon in Andes Mountain Range - Visit Local Vineyard with Tasting included
When we were choosing the “what to do” in Chile, we looked at several options and decided on this trip.
Nice Tour with Alex
Minho_C, Apr 2022
Private Santiago City Half Day Tour
He spoke perfect English and I was able to learn the historic, geographic and culturistic aspects of Chile and Santiago.
Day Trip into the Andes
Tiffany_W, Apr 2022
Small-Group Cajón del Maipo Full-Day Tour and Picnic
We got to see a Condor and my first glacier!
Great First Tour of Santiago
Carolyn_M, Mar 2020
Private Santiago City Tour including Cerro San Cristobal
Perfect first tour to get a lay of the land and major attractions.
Perfect day in Chile
ERIN_P, Feb 2020
Frutillar, Puerto Varas, and Petrohué Waterfalls Excursion from Puerto Montt
Mellow and Bernardo modified the day's events according to our group's wishes so we could spend more time at the waterfalls and in Frutillar.
Loved every minute of this tour
MangiaGuy, Jan 2020
Maipo Valley litle wine bus from Santiago
He was an awesome guide and spoke English very well.
Osorno Volcano and Petrohue Falls
Cathy_B, Jan 2020
Osorno Volcano, Petrohue Falls and Puerto Varas Shore Excursion
The falls and volcano are not to be missed sights in Chile.
Great tour guide
BISMIT_B, Sep 2019
Andes Tour to Portillo Inca Lagoon with San Esteban Vineyard Empanada & Wine
very professional and got to learn a lot about the tour attractions as well as Chile in general from him
Excellent day in Casablanca!
KrystenJean, Aug 2019
Casablanca Valley Wine Tasting Including 3 to 4 Vineyards
I suppose this may be due to visiting the Vineyards in the winter months of Chile.
Great History Lesson
Jan_E, Apr 2019
Half Day Guided City Tour in Santiago - Small Groups - Multi Language
We appreciated his English fluency.
Amazing experience!
Stephanie_A, Mar 2019
Maipo Valley Wine Tour Including 3 Vineyards and Country Town of Isla de Maipo
Our guide Helene spoke fluent English and gave great information about the wineries and Chile overall.
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