Santiago is the Capital of Chile (Santiago de Chile). It is a modern, bustling and dynamic city surrounded by the huge, glaciated, snow-covered Andes mountains to the east and coastal mountains to the west, creating a stunning spectacle on a clear day.
The principal reason why people come to Easter Island is to see some of the 887 mystic Moai Statues that are dotted around the Island in various degrees of preservation.
Pacific Coast (Central)
The Central Pacific coast is similar to the Californian coast. Sun and sandy beaches, coastal cliffs and steep, brown-parched hills rising up into the coastal mountains. Key places of interest are: Zapallar, Colchagua and Viña del Mar.
Pucon is a lake-side settlement offering “World-Class”, stunning scenery, a bustling boutique-style village, numerous activities to suit most desires and an imposing, smoky volcano.
San Pedro de Atacama
San Pedro de Atacama is a tiny oasis village located amid one of the driest deserts on Earth called the Atacama. It offers a unique “out of this world” experience of mystic, moon and mars-like landscapes, stunning geographic scenery and unbelievable star gazing.
Puerto Varas is a pretty lake-side village beside the second largest lake in Chile. It faces the imposing, perfectly conical, snow-topped Osorno volcano.
Torres del Paine
Set in the heart of Southern Patagonia the Torres del Paine National Park (declared a World UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1978) is one of the most impressive natural geographical spectacles on Earth. It is a “must see” destination and we are the specialists to create your itinerary.
For yachtsmen the challenge of sailing around Cape Horn is still there. Likewise many people who look at the World Atlas often dream about being able to see Cape Horn and wonder what it must be like to “go around” it. Experiencechile.org gives you this opportunity.
Chile has some enviable wine-producing valleys close to Santiago. The Casablanca and Colchagua valleys contain some wonderful vineyards that we can show you.
Valparaiso and Vina
Valparaiso is an historic port city designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. As long as you stay in the right place you can experience a glimpse of a hugely interesting time in history. Viña is the popular, adjacent sea-side city.
The Elqui Valley
The Elqui Valley, that runs due East from La Serena, is a little “nugget” of the “real” Chile. A beautiful valley, small Chilean villages and superb observatory at Vicuña.
The Carretera Austral (means Southern Road) is a mainly unpaved road that runs from Puerto Montt to a small village called Villa O´Higgins – a distance of around 1,300km.
Chiloe Island is a rural island, picturesque in parts, populated with small fishing villages, inlets, creeks and a few rivers. The tidal movement here is very evident. When the tide is out the coast lines expands to reveal mud flats where local bird life feeds on the abundant availability of food.
Chile Lake Region
The Chilean Lake Region comprises numerous lakes, rural country side, forested hills, rivers, waterfalls and stunning conical, snow-covered volcanoes. Come here for beauty, walking, water activities, fresh air and to relax.
Zapallar is a tiny, up-market coastal village offering a higher-end experience on Chile´s Pacific coast.
Called the “Switzerland” of South America by the Argentines, due to its similarity in appearance and setting to an Alpine town. Useful as a stop off to cross over to Chile or to visit in its own right.
Buenos Aires is often called the “Paris of South America” in reference to its many Parisian-looking buildings. Famous for its Tango, it offers the visitor a glimpse of past affluence and a Latin vibe. A stay here is a great way to start or end your South America itinerary.
El Calafate is the gateway to the large Perito Moreno Glacier and trekking at El Chalten. It is also a stop-off on the way to Torres del Paine in Chile and Ushuaia in southern Argentina.
Foz de Iguazu
One of the most magnificent waterfall sights in the world. The spectacle of billions of litres of river water gushing over massive waterfalls, some 74m high, is a real “jaw dropper” and well worth the experience.
Mendoza is “just over the Andes” from Santiago and is famous for its wine and olive oil production, and is not far from the highest mountain outside of the Himalaya – Aconcagua, which is a major mountain-climbers destination.
Located on the Peninsula Valdes – a Mecca for marine life and declared World Natural Heritage site by UNESCO – 1,130km south of Buenos Aires and on the Atlantic coast.
Located in the north-west of Argentina, close to the border with Chile (San Pedro de Atacama in Chile is on the other side of the Andes from Salta) it has a registered population of around 500,000 people (2001 census). The city is 1,152mt above sea level in the foothills of the Andes Mountains, offering a warm, dry climate for most of the year.
San Martin de Los Andes is located on the other side of the Andes from Pucón in Chile´s lake district. It is a picturesque and rather quaint Alpine-style town with wooden chalets, boutique-style hotels, cosy restaurants, gift and chocolate shops.
Ushuaia is often regarded to be the southernmost city (pop 65,000) in the World (although Puerto Williams, diagonally opposite, and in Chilean territory, is further south). It is located beside the famous Beagle Channel on the southern side of the island called Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire), called so after the first maritime explorers to the area noticed the numerous fires on the land that were lit by the indigenous Yamana Indians.
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