Thanks to the diversity in the beautiful views and weather, Chile will surely satisfy you. Even if you are looking for an adventure or a peaceful trip, you will find Chile has everything. In this article, All Know-How will review things to do in Chile – a natural masterpiece in South America.
Chile is in South America. It is separated with Peru by the Atacama desert in the North, Bolivia, and Argentina by the Andes in the East and surrounded by the Pacific Ocean in the West. Further to the West is the mysterious Easter Island. This long and narrow land runs all the way down the South to the famous mount Cape Horn, to the direction of the solitary Antarctic. Because of the stretched terrain along the Meridian, Chile has various sights and weather. There are deserts, freezing rivers, well-off grasslands, primeval temperate rainforests, sparkling salt fields, still lakes, Fjords, the magnificent Andes, smoldering volcanoes and mineral springs,… Chile offers you not only adventures but also a beautiful and peaceful destination for your dream vacation. Visiting Chile has never been bored.
EXPLORING THE TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK
From world-class hiking routes to beautiful blue lakes, Torres del Paine possesses magnificent sights which attract adventurers from the very first look. Three granite towers in the horizon have become the symbol of the park. However, we may find them like tiny dots in the 1.810km square view.
To experience the pure nature of Patagonia, you should stay away from the hiking routes named “W’ and “O”. Patagonia is surrounded with turquoise lakes, white snowed mountains, and deep blue ice rivers. Everything seems to bear a single soul, bringing tourists an unforgettable feeling when coming to Chile.
CHILLING IN HOT SPRINGS
Thanks to being right on top of the “fire circle”, it is no surprise that Chile literally becomes the “hot spot”. Hikers in Los Rios can visit Termas Geometricas to relax after a long journey. The path is a maze made of red bricks, surrounded with blooming flowers and green ferns. You may find yourself lost in an Onsen( or hot springs) in Kyoto, Japan.
In case you are exploring the wild North of Chile, go straight to Termas Laguna Verdo for a break in the round rock lake with spectacular view on the highest volcano of the world, Ojos del Salado. Dipping in the hot tub while admiring the picturesque sight in these attractive hot springs is the one thing you can not miss when visiting Chile.
WORLD CLASS GRAPE WINE
If you have the chance to visit Chile, you must not miss the trip to the grape gardens in the valley of the countryside. Whether if you are sipping a glass of Sauvignon (a type of wine) or some sweet Pinot Noir, the cool weather of Casablanca will bring the scrumptious wine an unresistible perfection.
There is another grape garden in Valparaiso city, 64km away from the Pacific ocean. This is the very first harbor of the Pacific ocean. Its commercial trade route to Santiago remains an essential connection between the countryside and Chile’s capital. This allows champagne to be spread throughout Chile.
DIVING IN THE WILD DESERT OF ATACAMA
Solitary, dry and mysterious, those are the characteristic of Atacama desert, a lonely land. However, a trip to Eltatio in the dawn will always be a lively experience. The first thing you see in the morning there will be the eruption of 80 geysers across the desert. It is going to be a fantastic trip to the world’s third-biggest geyser for anyone who wishes to explore the Northern Chile or simply moving across Bolivia’s border.
Atacama desert is said to be the “Mars on Earth”. Since the Atacama is the place where the sky is clearest on Earth, the world’s biggest astronomical observatory called Very Large Telescope is constructed here. Moreover, people use the land for testing robots that later on can function of Mars.
ROWING KAYAK ALONG THE ICE RIVERS
San Rafael Glacier is one of the last relics of the Patagonia Ice Age. This place is one of North Patagonia’s “ice giants”. But the rising temperature and changing weather cause the relic to shrink by 12km. Scientists warn that San Rafael Glacier could completely disappear in 2030.
In addition, tourists can observe one of the largest ice rivers in the world – Perito Moreno Glacier, on a short trip through Argentina’s border. This river is 5km wide, 30km long and 73m deep. The extraordinary beautiful surface and astonishing sight are the memories that you will never forget.
SURFING ALONG THE 4.000KM COAST
The wide and long, extending through half of South America is an excellent playground for anyone who dreams of conquering the world’s highest waves. Golden sand and warm sea make Arica the ideal destination for surfers. Further to the South is Punta de Lobos, where people call it the world’s surfing center. Many tourists come here only to conquer the waves.
MARBLE CAVE’S MIRACLE
Cuevas de Mármol, also known as Marble Caves, formed on a marble peninsula in the border of Chile and Argentina. With the appearance of General Carrera lake between the two countries, the ship is the only means of transportation to visit the caves.
Inside the caves, you can witness the change in gamma, from grey to blue and green, just like an abstract picture. And if that not amaze you, the color also changes according to the diversity of water level throughout the seasons of the year. If you are planning on visiting Chile, this is the place you must see.
Sand surfing in the desert is an exhilarating activity for adventurers when in Chile. And Death Valley is the perfect destination.
Yet a few seconds sliding down a side of the sand dune does not worth climbing back on top of it. It’s the contrast between the red mountains on the border and the white snowed volcanos in the blue sky that makes the experience unforgettable. But of course, the joy while balancing yourself during sliding 150m downhill is amazing as well.
EXPLORING THE MYSTERIOUS EASTER ISLAND
The Easter Island bears the most interesting historic characteristics of Chile even though it is 3.500km to the West of Chile. This far away island joined Chile in 1888. However, the ancient Rapa Nui community had collapsed due to the slave pillagers and the widespread of diseases started from the outsider’s ships.
No one knows why the Napa Nui made more than 800 giant stone heads on the island, but it is kept intact until the very present day. Other than the statues, you can walk along the trails on the island, which leads to the inactive volcano called Rano Kau.