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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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Torres del Paine National Park

Torres del Paine National Park

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The epic massifs at Torres del Paine National Park (Parque Nacional Torres del Paine) in Chile draw visitors to an area of unspoiled beauty, where green fields and chill glittering lakes spread out beneath the naked granite spires of the Cordillera del Paine.More
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Termas Valle de Colina

Termas Valle de Colina

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Tucked within Cajón del Maipo, a narrow river valley snaking its way up to the Andes just outside Santiago, lies Termas Valle de Colina. These mineral hot springs at the base of the San José Volcano comprise eight different milky blue pools set to different temperatures for comfortable (and supposedly restorative) soaking.More
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Cajón del Maipo

Cajón del Maipo

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Cajón del Maipo, a narrow canyon where the Maipo River flows, begins just 16 miles (25 kilometers) southwest of Santiago, but its picturesque scenery, fresh air, and charming mountain towns feel worlds away from Chile’s capital city. Thanks to its close proximity to Santiago, though, Cajón del Maipo is one of the more popular day trip destinations for an easy escape to Chile’s famed wilderness.More
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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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Valparaíso Historic Quarter

Valparaíso Historic Quarter

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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
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Valle Nevado Ski Resort

Valle Nevado Ski Resort

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Inspired by the French resort of Les Arcs, Valle Nevado Ski Resort contains almost 7,000 acres (2,832 hectares) of skiable domain, making it the largest accessible ski spread in South America. The resort offers opportunities for skiers and snowboarders of all levels, as well as gourmet dining, nightlife, and accommodation options to suit all budgets.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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Farellones and El Colorado

Farellones and El Colorado

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These interconnected villages of Farellones and El Colorado—located only one hour from Santiago—comprise one of the most popular ski resorts in the country, both because of their proximity to the capital and their location among the snow-capped peaks of the Andes. As opposed to Valle Nevado, El Colorado is recommended for beginner and non-skiers.More
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El Yeso Dam (Embalse El Yeso)

El Yeso Dam (Embalse El Yeso)

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El Yeso Dam (Embalse El Yeso), which was built in 1964, created a turquoise reservoir that can hold more than 253 million cubic meters of water. Though just a couple hours outside of Santiago, the snow-capped mountains that surround the site are more reminiscent of rural Patagonia than of the bustling metropolis.More
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Atacama Desert

Atacama Desert

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As the driest place on earth, you’d expect the Atacama Desert to resemble a barren wasteland. Instead, the vast and arid landscape offers plenty to see and explore, including blue lagoons, salt flats, and active geysers—and also offers some of the world’s best stargazing opportunities.More

Trip ideas

How to Spend 2 Days in San Pedro de Atacama

How to Spend 2 Days in San Pedro de Atacama

Top Archaeological Sights in San Pedro de Atacama

Top Archaeological Sights in San Pedro de Atacama

How to Spend 3 Days in Santiago

How to Spend 3 Days in Santiago

Top activities in Chile

Recent reviews from experiences in Chile

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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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Authentic Chilean Experience
Janice_B, Dec 2021
Maipo Valley litle wine bus from Santiago
Lunch from locally sourced ingredients at Angelina’s homestead was delicious and offered another opportunity to visit with local Chileans.
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Unique winery tour and great tour
Deborah_B, Dec 2021
Valparaiso, Viña del Mar and Casablanca Experience
His command of English was excellent.
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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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Half day tour of Santiago
Penny_B, Jan 2020
Private Santiago City Half Day Tour
He spoke excellent English and told us all about Chile past and present as well as showing us all the sights.
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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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Tour of Valparaiso & Vina del Mar
Rosemari T, Jan 2020
Full-Day Tour of Valparaiso Port and Viña del Mar from Santiago
Francisca, our guide was fluent in English and gave a very thorough introduction to the history of colorful, and artsy Valparaiso and its adjacent resort town of Vina dl Mar.
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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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Interesting, enjoyable show with delicious dinner
Elena_G, May 2019
Chilean Dinner and Show Experience in Santiago
The only minor pos was the driver and waters didn't speak English and we can't speak Spanish.
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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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Great tour, excellent guide.
Guide45293986742, Dec 2018
Santiago: Full day tour to Valparaiso and Viña del Mar city
If you only have limited time and want to see the key parts of Valparaiso and Vina del Mar in one day this is the tour for you.
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Excellent Tour
Joseph_C, Oct 2018
Santiago city and Wine Tour in a Small Group
The tour covered all the main attractions of Chile
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Gorgeous and informative trip!
megv, Mar 2019
Day Trip to Cajon Del Maipo from Santiago
Beautiful scenery and a knowledgeable guide -- this was a great way to see some of Chile's natural beauty and learn about the Maipo region.
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Awesome!
Amanda_G, Oct 2018
Day Trip to Cajon Del Maipo from Santiago
We learned so much about Chile - from Santiago to the little towns along the route - and got to see amazing sites we never would have gone to on our own.
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We saw a lot of Santiago, which was...
Sharon_S, Mar 2018
Private Tour: Santiago City Sightseeing
Our guide's use of English could have been better.
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