Santiago is the capital and the economic as well as cultural centre of Chile. With its theatres, restaurants, bars and events, it is one of the most fascinating cities in South America. A metropolis with stunning views, it is home to 40% of Chile’s population. The dynamic and cosmopolitan Santiago hosts international festivals of sound, flavor and color. Learn more about the country in its many fine museums or wander around the famous Central Market – a gourmet’s delight. With the magnificent Andes as the backdrop of the city, there are plenty of opportunities to explore Santiago’s outdoors and marvel at the panoramic vistas.
Vina Del Mar
A 90-minute drive from Santiago, Vina del Mar is Chile’s best known resort town. Home to the most important beach in the country, it plays host to a music festival every year in late February. Also called the Garden City, its long promenade is eye catching, with innovative spaces for outdoor sports, activities and world class gastronomy. With numerous castles, old mansions and elegant museums, a walk along Vina Del Mar’s streets takes you back to a bygone era.
Vast, exotic, wild and infinite in its beauty, Patagonia is probably Chile’s most awe-inspiring destination. Full of fjords and glaciers hidden among green landscapes, it is the home of Torres del Paine National Park, world famous for its magnificent forests, mountains, waterfalls, lakes and stunning views of Southern Ice Fields. Explore Cape Horn, the southernmost tip of the continent and marvel at the imposing glaciers, while experiencing close encounters with dolphins, penguins and killer whales. With some of the most spectacular landscapes on earth, a visit to Patagonia is truly an adventure of a lifetime.
Located approximately 120 km from Santiago de Chile, Valparaiso is known for its bohemian culture, brightly colored houses and beautiful seaside views. A designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, Valparaiso is best discovered while roaming its charming streets and taking in the magnificent views. The city’s maze of hills has long inspired poets and writers. Known as ‘The Jewel of the Pacific’, the city is full of historic buildings and well known for freshly caught seafood.
The world’s driest desert, Atacama is overflowing with life and its ancient culture offers a warm welcome to modern travelers. San Pedro de Atacama is the town where visitors stay to explore the incredible landscapes of the desert. Most attractions in the region are part of Los Flamencos National Reserve, one of Chile’s most astounding destinations. Vast salt flats, active geysers and intense blue lagoons are just a few of the extraordinary features of this region.