Chile Travel Destination Information

Summary of Key Places of Interest

Argentina, Chile & Peru

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chile | Argentina | Patagonia | Easter Island | Foz de Iguazu | Antarctica | Peru | Machu Picchu

 

 

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Introduction to Chile Travel Destination Information 

Although we are specialists in building tailor-made travel itineraries we feel it is important that potential clients can have key Chile travel destination information in order to get some idea of what such places are like. To this end, on this page you will find a photo of the key travel destinations in Chile as well as a short summary highlighting their attributes. In addition to the Chile travel destination information, we also provide summary descriptions of key destinations in Argentina and Peru.

Therefore, if you are wondering just where to visit in Chile, and the neighboring countries, the travel destination information should give you an idea of what each place has to offer.

However, one way to really know how best to spend your well-earned holiday time is to ask us here at Experience Chile – the pioneer travel itinerary specialist for Chile and Southern South America, to create your custom travel itinerary. Above all, we have over 30 years of on the ground local knowledge and experience formulating destination travel for clients.

Chile Travel Destination Arrangements

Naturally, anyone visiting a country like Chile can make all of their own travel destination arrangements. However, this involves considerable time, especially coordinating all the logistics. Moreover, should you then find that a particular hotel or even a complete destination has no space for the dates you want, it means you have to start all over again.

How to Get the Best from your Limited Time in South America

We hope that the presentation of the Chile travel destination information on this page is helpful to you in making a decision on where you want to visit, see and experience. However, here at ExperienceChile.Org we will take all of that hassle off your hands.

If there is ANYTHING you need, please send in your enquiry, and as long as it is legal, and reasonable, we will be pleased to see if we can deliver for you.

The Order of Chile Travel Destination Information

Below, the first sector will highlight Chile key destinations. Below Chile you will find Argentina and under Argentina is Peru.

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DESTINATION:

CHILE

CHILE

 

 

 

Santiago Chile Travel Destination

Santiago

The Capital of Chile (Santiago de Chile). In essence, Santiago 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. For this reason, if you have the time, a night or two in Santiago is often a good way to start or end your trip.

Especially interesting is to go up the San Cristobal hill, where there is a statue of the Virgin Mary, and take a small cable car down. The views over the city are spectacular. However, there is also an option to go to the top of the Costanera Tower. This is a high rise building, which is also part of South Americas largest shopping mall. From the top of this tower there is 360 view over Santiago and to the Andes. 

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Easter Island Chile Travel Destination

Easter Island

One of the principal reasons 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. Moreover it is a remarkable place of calm and thought-provoking moments. We would suggest, if you have the time, to consider including Easter Island into your Chile Travel Destination Itinerary because flights are direct from Santiago. 

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Vina del Mar Chile Travel Destination

Pacific Coast (Central)

The Central Pacific coast of Chile is similar to the Californian coast. For example, sun and sandy beaches, coastal cliffs and steep, brown-parched hills rising up into the coastal mountains.

In particular, the key destinations of interest are: Zapallar and Viña del Mar. Ideal for day tours or a few nights. In addition, the wine valley of Colchagua is also a worthwhile place to relax and enjoy visiting wineries, and Valparaiso is also a good destination (see our Valparaiso entry).

In reality, it should be said, that Zapallar is really the place to get to and chill out for a few days. This small stretch of coastline emits an “exclusive” vibe where the houses are nice, the beaches sandy and where the Pacific waves run up against the rocky parts and crash over them.

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Pucon Chile Travel Destination

Pucon

One of the most beautiful areas of Chile is the destination of 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.

Moreover, it is a centre of outdoor activities including white-water rafting, kayak, fishing, volcano climbing, boating as well as bathing in natural, hot springs. 

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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. 

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Puerto Varas

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. Moreover, activities here include kayaking, white water rafting, go up the Osorno Volcano, fishing and general sightseeing. 

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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, especially the W Trek and top-end, all-inclusive hotels.

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Cape Horn

For yachtsmen the challenge of sailing around Cape Horn is still there. As a matter of fact, 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.

The only way to get to see Cape Horn is aboard one of the Crucero Australis ships that depart from both Ushuaia in Argentina, and Punta Arenas in Chile. Should this be on your “radar”, we suggest, you click on the icon at the top of the page PATAGONIA CRUISES and you will be taken to our sister web site with information on the Crucero Australis routes. 

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Wine Regions

Chile has some enviable wine-producing valleys close to Santiago. The Casablanca and Colchagua valleys contain some wonderful vineyards that we can show you. Apart from day tours there are also some World-Class wine hotels that will “knock your socks off”!

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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. 

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The Elqui Valley

Known as the “small north” in Chile, the Elqui Valley, runs due East from La Serena towards the Andes. It is a little “nugget” of the “real” Chile. A beautiful valley, small Chilean villages and superb observatory at Vicuña. 

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Carretera Austral

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.

This road cuts through virgin swathes of raw Patagonia and opens up remote, amazing geographic territory. If you have the time, this is one of the Worlds remaining wildernesses. 

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Chiloe Island

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. 

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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.

The known villages of Pucon and Puerto Varas are also in the Lake Region and we can create an itinerary that incorporates them both.

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Zapallar

Zapallar is a tiny, up-market coastal village offering a higher-end experience on Chile´s Pacific coast. Therefore, this is an ideal destination option for a start, or end, to your itinerary, just for a couple of nights.

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ARGENTINA

 

 

 

 

Bariloche

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. 

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Buenos Aires

Often called the “Paris of South America” in reference to its many Parisian-looking buildings, Buenos Aires is famous for its Tango. The city 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. 

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El Calafate

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. 

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El Chalten

El Chalten is becoming the trekking Mecca for Argentine Patagonia like Torres del Paine is for Chile. The village is located within the National Park and trekkers can stay in the village each night, but walk the trails each day. There is also an option to camp over night as well. Many people combine El Chalten with El Calafate and Torres del Paine.

We know this part of Patagonia exceptionally well and we have an office in Puerto Natales, just outside of Torres del Paine and over the border from El Calafate. 

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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. We can add in this destination to a Buenos Aires stay.

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Mendoza

Literally just over the Andes from Santiago is the Argentine city of Mendoza. Known 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. Moreover, for those coming into Santiago and who like wine, Mendoza will have special appeal. Another key point is that it is the largest wine-producing region in Argentina and produces fine Malbec varietal wine among other varietals.

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Puerto Madryn

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. Puerto Madryn is known specifically as being the place where whales come to feed, as well as a variety of other sea mammals such as sea lions and penguins. For this reason there are tours to take visitors out to be close to these creatures.

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Salta

The town of Salta is located in 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). Although it has a population considerably greater in number to San Pedro de Atacama, in Chile, it is an attractive northern, Argentine city. With regard to altitude 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. 

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San Martin

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. Subsequently, if you are staying at Pucon and / or Bariloche then San Martin will fit into your itinerary nicely.

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Ushuaia

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). Above all, 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.

This southern city is also the departure and arrival port for Patagonia cruises navigating to Punta Arenas in Chile as well as Antarctica Expedition cruises. We can arrange to include Antarctica and / or a Patagonian cruise in your itinerary on its own or joined together with Torres del Paine, for example.

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DESTINATION:

PERU

PERU

 

 

 

 

Machu Picchu

Please email us if you would like to include a visit to Machu Picchu in your itinerary. 

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