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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 10 attractions in Chile

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Viña del Mar

Viña del Mar

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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
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Fort Bulnes (Fuerte Bulnes)

Fort Bulnes (Fuerte Bulnes)

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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
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Milodon Cave (Cueva del Milodon)

Milodon Cave (Cueva del Milodon)

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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
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Punta Arenas Municipal Cemetery

Punta Arenas Municipal Cemetery

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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
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Nao Victoria Museum (Museo Nao Victoria)

Nao Victoria Museum (Museo Nao Victoria)

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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
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Moon Valley (Valle de la Luna)

Moon Valley (Valle de la Luna)

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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
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La Moneda Palace (Palacio de la Moneda)

La Moneda Palace (Palacio de la Moneda)

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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
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Osorno Volcano

Osorno Volcano

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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
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Santa Lucia Hill (Cerro Santa Lucia)

Santa Lucia Hill (Cerro Santa Lucia)

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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
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Grey Glacier

Grey Glacier

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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

Trip ideas

Valparaiso Tours from Santiago

Valparaiso Tours from Santiago

Top Wineries Near Santiago

Top Wineries Near Santiago

How to Spend 3 Days in Santiago

How to Spend 3 Days in Santiago

Top activities in Chile

Small-Group Cajón del Maipo Full-Day Tour and Picnic
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Small-Group Tour to Valle Nevado and Farellones from Santiago
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Private Tour: Viña del Mar and Valparaíso Tour with Wine Tasting in Casablanca Valley
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Small Group Tour: Cajon del Maipo with Hotsprings and Picnic - Includes Entrance
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Horseback Private Wine Tour and Country Grill from Santiago
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Portillo Inca Lagoon at The Andes Mountains and San Esteban Vineyard from Santiago
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Private Santiago City Half Day Tour
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Half-Day Small-Group Panoramic Santiago Tour
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Small Group Full Day - Viña Del Mar - Valparaiso - Casablanca - Reñaca
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Recent reviews from experiences in Chile

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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.
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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!
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Best day in Chile
Laurie_D, Jun 2022
Full-Day Tour of Valparaiso Port and Viña del Mar from Santiago
Daniel the tour guide was super nice and knowledgable and switched between English and Spanish flawlessly.
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A tour full of adventures
Andre_S, May 2022
City Tour of Santiago de Chile
Thanks to him I got to see the most emblematic buildings that I wanted to see.
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Amazing adventure
Anna_S, May 2022
La Campana National Park - Private Guided Full Day Tour
The trek to the waterfall presented beautiful scenery and tranquility listening to the various birds singing .
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Our trip started off w/ a great experience because of Alejandro. We booked him for return ride. He shows great pride!
DIANA_S, Apr 2022
Pick up Santiago Airport
She was very nervous as her agents did not speak much english & did not explain why she was being guided to a different area.
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Excellent trip and well run
Keegan_K, Jan 2022
Full Day Torres del Paine
I had Juan as my guide and was the only English speaking person on the tour, however he made sure that I did not miss any of the information and spoke very good English!
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Great diverse tour, wonderful tour guide - Valparaiso region is a must-see when in Santiago area.
Mark_B, Jan 2022
Full Day Tour Valparaiso - Vina del Mar and Casablanca Valley from Santiago
We drove along the coastline but also made stops to see the flower clock, fish market, Moai (Easter Island statue there), and rode a short funicular in Valparaiso.
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Awesome day
Acadia_E, Jan 2022
Full Day to Cajon Del Maipo from Santiago including Empanadas & Chilean Wine
He spoke very clear English, which made understanding the commentary really easy.
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One Perfect Day in Santiago!
Linda_T, Jan 2022
Full-Day Tour of Valparaiso Port and Viña del Mar from Santiago
I only had one day in Santiago before boarding a cruise and really wasn’t looking to see churches and museums so I picked this tour and I am so glad.
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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.
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The Best of Santiago
Cruising, Mar 2020
Private Santiago City Half Day Tour
Isidro had an excellent command of English and was easy to understand.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Great tour guide
BISMIT_B, Sep 2019
Portillo Inca Lagoon at The Andes Mountains and San Esteban Vineyard from Santiago
very professional and got to learn a lot about the tour attractions as well as Chile in general from him
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Excellent day in Casablanca!
KrystenJean, Aug 2019
Casablanca Valley Wine Tasting Including 4 Vineyards
I suppose this may be due to visiting the Vineyards in the winter months of Chile.
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Great History Lesson
Jan_E, Apr 2019
Half Day Guided City Tour in Santiago - Small Groups - Multi Language
We appreciated his English fluency.
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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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Excellent Tour
Joseph_C, Oct 2018
Wine Tour and Santiago City in a Small Group
The tour covered all the main attractions of Chile
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All about Chile

Time Zone
CLT (UTC -3)
Country Code
+56
Language(s)
Spanish
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