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Highlights of Chile

This list brings together some of the most amazing highlights of our trip to Chile. I haven't included all my reviews, only the very best and most memorable of my experiences.

Updated February 9, 2017
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  1. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Santiago, Chile
    I love jacaranda trees and Santiago is a great place to see them as they are planted all over the city, in its parks and squares and lining some of the main streets and avenues too. I was very happy to find that our spring visit to the country (late …
  2. Free! "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Santiago, Chile
    If like us you enjoy a wander around an interesting neighbourhood just as much (if not more) as seeing the major sights of a city, the Barrio Lastarria is likely to appeal. It takes its name from the 19th century Chilean writer Jose Victorino Lastarr…
  3. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Santiago, Chile
    Every city needs parks and Santiago has several, both small and large. This is one of the smallest but it is also arguably the most central and possibly the prettiest. It is perched on a rocky outcrop (“Cerro” means “hill”) and was laid out i…
  4. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Atacama Desert, Chile
    When the alarm went off at 4.00 AM I did briefly question our sanity! Would this tour to see the geysers of El Tatio really be worth the sacrifice of sleep? Would it live up to the high expectations I had had ever since reading of this sight in ‘Be…
  5. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Atacama Desert, Chile
    After visiting the main geyser field at El Tatio and enjoying a light breakfast we moved on to another area where it is possible to bathe in the hot spring water at the Pozón Rústico. Anyone who takes a tour here is advised to bring bathing suits a…
  6. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Atacama Desert, Chile
    The Salar de Atacama lies at an altitude of 2,305 metres above sea level. It is the largest salt flat in Chile and the third largest in the world – roughly 100 km long by 80 km wide, and covering an area of 3,000 square kilometres which is 1,200 sq…
  7. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Atacama Desert, Chile
    Before you visit the Atacama you will no doubt read or be told that it is the driest non-polar desert in the world, with no significant rainfall for 400 years. It is surprising then to arrive at the Laguna Chaxa and see so much water! Heavily salinat…
  8. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
    Towards the northern end of the road through the Valle de la Luna, not too far from the park entrance, you can find the tallest of the dunes, which many visitors like to climb to get unrivalled views of the valley. Unfortunately when we were here I w…
  9. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
    The single most dramatic feature that we saw in the Valle de la Luna was the sweeping semi-circular rocky cliff known (for obvious reasons) as the Amphitheatre. The scenery around here demonstrates perfectly the classic Moon Valley juxtaposition of m…
  10. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
    On the opposite (east) side to the Valle de la Luna, of the main route 23 road between San Pedro and Calama, lies another valley that is a big draw for visitors, the so-called Valle de la Muerte or Valley of Death. There are two theories as to how it…
  11. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
    There are several places in the area around San Pedro which are popular for sunset views. Many climb the big dune in the Valle de la Luna or head to the Valle de la Muerte, but Paula’s recommended spot for us was the Mirador de Kari – not least b…
  12. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Chiloe, Chile
    From this beautiful beach on the island's west coast, zodiac boat trips ferry tourists to the nearby off-shore islets which make up the Islotes de Puñihuil Natural Monument, to see the Magellanic and Humboldt penguins that nest here – or at least,…
  13. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Chiloe, Chile
    Having tried, and failed, to gain access to the church in Dalcahue, Jorge proposed instead a visit to Nercón where he was confident he would be able to track down a key holder if necessary. Nercón is a small village on the outskirts of Castro, abou…
  14. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Torres Del Paine, Chile
    Lake Nordenskjöld spills into Lake Pehoé via the Salto Grande. The falls are reached by a short walk of about one kilometre on a stony but level path. When we were here the wind was incredibly strong, make what must usually be quite an easy walk in…
  15. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Torres Del Paine, Chile
    Lunch is included in the price of this tour and we enjoyed a fabulous picnic at a spot near Lago Pehoé, where we were fortunate enough to be joined by an inquisitive armadillo! I have included a short video of him in my journal entry (http://www.tra…
  16. Expensive "Sights & Attractions" in Torres Del Paine, Chile
    After lunch we drove on to Lago Grey where as an optional extra to the main tour you can take a cruise to get close to Glacier Grey. We had naturally chosen to do this, as had everyone else in the group. I had been warned that it was about 1.5 kilome…
  17. Expensive "Sights & Attractions" in Torres Del Paine, Chile
    Glacier Grey is certainly an impressive sight and really worth the journey to get here. It reaches the lake on two fronts, as it separates around a small island that stands in its way (known as a “nunatak”), but at the point before it forks it is…
  18. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Easter Island, Chile
    This is a large complex located very near to the town of Hanga Roa, so just about everybody comes here. For us it was the first stop on our morning tour and we were one of the first groups to arrive, so it wasn’t at all crowded and it was very easy…
  19. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Easter Island, Chile
    Tongariki is one of the must-see sights on Rapa Nui. This is the largest ahu ever built – 220 metres long, and with 15 moai (albeit long enough for quite a few more). As in other locations, the moai here were toppled, and further destruction result…
  20. Expensive "Sights & Attractions" in Easter Island, Chile
    The Birdman cult followed the loss of faith in the moai. The people needed to believe in something; if their ancestors could no longer protect them, who would? The answer was, one of their own. But he had to be the best choice, one of whom the god Ma…
  21. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Easter Island, Chile
    To call this a quarry, as people often do, is in some ways misleading as it was more than that, serving as both quarry and workshop. The moai were not only carved out of the rock here (a relatively soft volcanic tuft) but also most of the more detail…
  22. Very cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Hanga Roa, Chile
    We had already walked past Hanga Roa’s small but intriguing Catholic church on our first afternoon on the island. Our last day fell on a Sunday, and with our flight not until the afternoon we decided to spend the first part of the morning attending…
Toonsarah says:
I thought I might do this for all my longer trips so people who are interested in the destination but with little time to wade through all my blog entries could find the highlights all in one place
Posted on: Feb 09, 2017
HORSCHECK says:
Good idea to set up this list for your Chile highlights.
Posted on: Feb 09, 2017
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