Travel Tips and Advice
If Chile isn't on your bucket list, it should be.
Chile is an amazing country with scenic coastal towns, desolate deserts, vast mountain ranges, and is home of the famous Patagonia region.
There are many astonishing cities in Chile, and it can be hard to narrow down your trip to just a few destinations.
Here are the top four must-visit cities in Chile for your next vacation.
1. San Pedro de Atacama
San Pedro is a small town in the midst of the Atacama desert. From here you can bike through the desert, hike up a dune, sand board, star gaze, and much more.
If you are a budget conscious traveler, consider staying at Cimas del Sol, a youth hostel a short 10-minute walk from town. The hostel has a comfortable courtyard, decent facilities, and is far enough from town to quietly enjoy the stars.
2. Puntas Arenas
At the southern tip of Chile, Puntas Arenas is one of the few towns in Patagonia. A charming town with few tourists, Puntas Arenas has a relaxed vibe with calm and beautiful beaches.
From Puntas Arenas, there are busses with easy access to Torres del Paine, a popular park with trekking trails. The "W" trail in Torres del Paine holds impressive mountain scapes, winding turquoise rivers, and an abundance of Guanacos.
3. Puerto Montt
Not many people have heard of Puerto Montt, a small port city in the middle of the Chilean coast. A well-kept secret, Puerto Montt houses delicious restaurants, an impressive costal boardwalk, and is close to multiple national parks.
Alerce Andino, a national park a short bus ride from Puerto Montt, is a must-see destination. Scenic campsites lead into mossy green trails, winding through the forests and ending by a glass-like lake. It's impossible to detect the end of the lake and the start of the skyline.
The capital of Chile, Santiago is a bustling town on the edge of the Andes.
One could spend weeks in Santiago and not have fully explored all the city has to offer. The city has a European feel, but clearly reflects the Chilean culture. Highlights of this city include the street food, parks, shopping malls, and the impressive Moneda Palace.