Chile, the southernmost country on Earth, is bordered by the Pacific and the Andes. It’s home to many different habitats.

Both ends of the country have very different ecosystems. The north is home to the Atacama Desert, which is the world’s most dry desert.

You can find Patagonia’s ice fields and frozen Fjords if you travel south, though, via wine valleys or volcanoes.

Our guide will start in the north and work its way south, as there are so many beautiful and unique ecosystems within one country. Chile is the longest country on the planet, and there are many places to visit before reaching Patagonia.

What is the best time to visit Chile in the year?

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There is no wrong time to visit Chile, depending on your interests. About:blank

If you are looking for perfect conditions to ski or climb, then visit the country between June and August.

What are the Chilean travel restrictions?

Chilean visitors must show proof of vaccination upon arrival and undergo a PCR test at airport. The PCR test at arrival is free. Visitors are allowed to travel anywhere in the country if the test comes back negative.

Passengers must verify their vaccination status before they can travel to Chile. They also need a mobility card that will permit them to travel to Chile. You can do this here.

Santiago is worth a visit?

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It’s no surprise that 40% of Chile’s citizens call Santiago their capital. The city is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and offers many different experiences.

Parque Metropolitano, also known as Cerro San Cristobel, is Santiago’s largest green area and provides some of the most spectacular views of the city. You can access different parts of the park via funicular and cable car, and you’ll also find a zoo.

What are the best places for Santiagoites to eat?

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Foodies should visit Mercado Central for the city’s largest food market. The market is packed with stalls, local seafood, and fish restaurants. It’s a must-see for all culinary tourists. A few empanadas are a must. Emporio Zunino is Santiago’s most well-known empanada shop. It has been serving these delicious pastries since the 1930s.

Where can I find out more about Pablo Neruda

Chile is home to many poets, but none more well-known than Pablo Neruda. The three houses of the beloved poet can be visited here, including La Chascona which houses a museum that is dedicated to him. You can also visit La Sebastiana or Isla Negra, which offer an exclusive glimpse into the life of this Chilean poet.

For stunning views of the city and the mountains, you can head to the Sky Costanera viewing platform after all the culture. The viewing point, which is the highest observatory in Latin America at 300m, is not suitable for those who are weak or physically challenged.

What can you do in the Atacama desert area?

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The Atacama Desert is almost 700 miles long and has an extraordinary beauty. It is made up of salt flats and volcanoes as well as strange rock formations. This desert is the closest humans will get to walking on the moon’s surface.

Tourists start their desert adventures from San Pedro de Atacama in the northeastern mountains. You can choose to join a desert tour or rent a car so you can go it on your own. Atacama’s average daily temperature is 18 degrees Celsius. This makes it safe to explore.

Atacama’s mild climate makes it a favorite spot for sandboarders. Valle de la Meurte, Chile’s death valley, is located about 3.5km from San Pedro. It is made up of rugged rocks mixed with sand dunes that can reach 120m high. Many local surfing tours are available, some even starting at midnight.

The Atacama, with its low light pollution and dry atmosphere, is a great place to stargaze if surfing the dunes is not your thing. There are many tours and telescopes that you can rent, no matter if you are a beginner or an expert.

The Mars Valley, named for its red rock formations, and the saline lagunas between the mountains or volcanoes are two other great places to see in the Atacama. The salt-flat lagoons, which are vibrant azure blue, are surrounded by snow-capped mountain peaks and are home to the Atacama Desert’s most famous inhabitants, the flamingoes.

Where is Chilean wine made?

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The central wine region of Chile, which covers more than 400 kms, produces 80 percent of the country’s wine. Maipo Valley is the most well-known, located just 40 minutes south of Santiago.

Maipo Valley wine tours

The valley is known as the “Bordeaux of South America”, and produces some of Chile’s finest wines, including fruity Cabernet Sauvignons.

The valley is known as the “Bordeaux of South America”, and produces some of Chile’s finest wines, including fruity Cabernet Sauvignons.

Chile’s wine country is varied. It is dotted with rolling hills and mountains, so many varieties of grapes can be grown there. Tourists will be pleased to know that there are many places where they can sample a few drinks. This region is close to Santiago, making it very popular. There are many wine tours.

Casablanca Valley wine tours

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Casablanca Valley is another popular area. It is located 100 km from Santiago, and is the ideal place to visit if you love white wine. The valley is famous for its Sauvignon Blancs and Chardonnay. It stretches 20 miles.

It is a relatively new region for wine production, having been established in the 1980s. However, there are many wineries to visit. Casas del Bosque offers a women-only tour and Matetic Wineries is Chile’s first organic and biodynamic winery.

What is the best spot to hike in Southern Chilean?

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Chile boasts over 2,000 active volcanoes.

Chile boasts over 2,000 active volcanoes.

Villarrica National Park is the place to go if you are looking for outdoor adventures and a relaxing holiday. The park, which covers 63,000 hectares in south Chile, is home to South America’s most active volcano.

You can climb up to the summit of the volcano at 2,847m above sea level. However, it is not recommended for beginners.

South Chilean Ski Resorts

Skiing down is an option if you don’t feel like climbing up a volcano. The Pucon Ski Resort can be found on the side Villarrica volcano. It overlooks the lake below and offers stunning views as you descend.

Where can I find penguins in Chile

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Southern Chile is a wonderful region for birdwatchers. There are thousands of migratory species to be seen. Chiloe Island is the largest island in the archipelago, just off the south coast. This is the best place for keen ornithologists. You can spot Humbolt penguins and Magellanic penguins here between December and February. Also, whales are often found off the coast.

Where is the best spot to see glaciers in Patagonia

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Finally, at Chile’s southern tip, you will find the frozen lands known as Patagonia. Patagonia, which is part of Argentina and the Andes, is very close Antarctica.

Los Glaciares National Park, which has over 356 glaciers in the area, is the best place for you to explore and see them.

Los Glaciares National Park, which has 356 glaciers in the area, is the best place for you to explore and see them. Mount Fitz Roy, Cerro Terre and Cerro Terre are also located in the park. Both can be reached as part of a guided tour.

Parque Nacional Patagonia, which contains rare huemul deer and flamingos, is the best park to spot wildlife. You can also explore the Patagonia steppe, another Chilean desert, and its forests, lagoons.