Amazing Chile

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Curator’s statement

Traveling to Chile offers a diverse range of experiences that cater to a variety of interests and preferences. Here are some compelling reasons why you should consider visiting Chile.

Chile is renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, which include the Atacama Desert, one of the driest places on Earth; the Andes Mountains, perfect for hiking and skiing; the mystical forests and lakes of Patagonia; and the Pacific coastline. Explore the otherworldly landscapes of the Atacama Desert, with its unique rock formations, salt flats, geysers, and vast starlit skies. It's a haven for stargazing and astronomy enthusiasts. Discover the dramatic scenery of Patagonia in Torres del Paine, known for its towering granite peaks, glaciers, turquoise lakes, and diverse wildlife. Visit the remote Easter Island, famous for its mysterious Moai statues.

Explore vibrant cities like Santiago, the capital, known for its culture, art, and history; Valparaíso, a colorful and bohemian coastal town; and Viña del Mar, a popular beach destination. If you're an adventure seeker, Chile offers opportunities for hiking, trekking, skiing, snowboarding, kayaking, and more. The diverse landscapes provide a playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Immerse yourself in Chilean culture by experiencing traditional music, dance, art, and festivals.

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Where to stay in Chile

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Ritz-Carlton Santiago

Traditional luxury lodging in Santiago's financial district.

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Grand House

Nestled in the historic town of Vila Real de Santo António, indulge in opulent grandeur and impeccable hospitality at Grand House, where luxury meets history in every exquisite detail.

Nayara Hangaroa

Discover the allure of Nayara Hangaroa, where Easter Island's breathtaking landscapes and this renowned luxury hotel unite for an unforgettable eco-luxury experience.

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Things to do in Chile

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Explore Santiago

Visit the historic neighborhoods of Bellavista and Lastarria.

Discover local markets like Mercado Central and La Vega.

Explore museums like the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art and Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts.

Hike up Cerro San Cristóbal for panoramic city views.

Stargazing in the Atacama Desert

Experience some of the world's best stargazing in the clear skies of the Atacama Desert.

Visit observatories or take guided stargazing tours to witness the Milky Way and constellations.

Torres del Paine National Park

Trek the famous W Circuit or the longer O Circuit, enjoying stunning landscapes of granite peaks, glaciers, and turquoise lakes.

Spot wildlife like guanacos, foxes, and Andean condors.

Admire the iconic Towers of Paine and Grey Glacier.

Easter Island (Rapa Nui):

Marvel at the mysterious moai statues and learn about the island's unique Polynesian culture.

Explore the volcanic landscapes, including Rano Kau crater and Anakena Beach.
Discover the archaeological sites and petroglyphs.

Wine Tasting in Colchagua Valley

Enjoy wine tours and tastings in Chile's renowned wine regions like Colchagua, Maipo, and Casablanca.

Learn about the winemaking process and the history of Chilean viticulture.

Atacama Salt Flats and Altiplano

Visit the vast salt flats of Salar de Atacama and the high-altitude landscapes of the Altiplano.

Discover unique geological formations like Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon) and El Tatio Geysers.

Valparaíso and Viña del Mar

Wander through Valparaíso's colorful streets, filled with street art and historical charm.

Relax on the beaches of Viña del Mar and explore the Flower Clock.

Mapuche Cultural Experience

Engage in cultural encounters with the indigenous Mapuche people, learning about their traditions, crafts, and way of life.

Adventure Sports

Enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, trekking, skiing, snowboarding, kayaking, and white-water rafting in various regions.

Pucón and Villarrica

Climb Villarrica Volcano for stunning views and the thrill of an active volcano.
Relax in natural hot springs and enjoy water sports on Lake Villarrica.

Charming Towns

Discover quaint towns like Pucón, Puerto Varas, and Frutillar, each with its own unique character and attractions.

Pacific Coast Adventures

Enjoy surfing, whale watching, and beach activities along Chile's extensive Pacific coastline.

Places to eat & drink in Chile

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Santiago

Boragó: A renowned restaurant focused on Chilean ingredients and native flavors, offering an innovative tasting menu.

La Vega Central: Explore this bustling market in Santiago to sample fresh produce, seafood, and local snacks.

Barrio Lastarria: Discover numerous cafes, restaurants, and bars in this historic neighborhood.

Valparaíso

Samsara Restaurant: Enjoy fusion cuisine and stunning views of Valparaíso's bay.

Café del Poeta: A charming café in the heart of Valparaíso, perfect for coffee, snacks, and people-watching.

Viña del Mar

Restaurant 5 Sensores: Known for its creative dishes and use of local ingredients.

Casino de Viña del Mar: Experience dining and entertainment at the casino complex.

Pucón

La Maga Restaurante: Offers a farm-to-table experience with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients.

La Tetera: A cozy tea house known for its cakes, pastries, and tea selection.

Chiloé

Mercado Municipal de Castro: Explore this market for fresh seafood, local produce, and traditional dishes.

Curanto: Experience a traditional Chilote feast cooked underground.

Wine Regions (Colchagua, Casablanca, etc.)

Viña Vik: Enjoy wine and dine in this luxury vineyard known for its stunning architecture and views.

Bodega Re: A winery and restaurant that offers wine pairing experiences with gourmet dishes.

Atacama Desert

Restaurant Ckunna: Offers a blend of Chilean and international dishes, using local ingredients.

Adobe: A restaurant with an earthy ambiance and a menu inspired by the desert's flavors.

Puerto Natales

Mesita Grande: A popular spot offering a variety of local and international dishes.

Baguales Brewery: Enjoy craft beers and pub-style food in a cozy setting.

Easter Island (Rapa Nui)

Te Moana: A restaurant that specializes in fresh seafood and traditional Rapa Nui dishes.

Kaloa Pisco Bar: Try unique Pisco-based cocktails in a relaxed atmosphere.

Coastal Areas

Empanadas: Try traditional Chilean empanadas, which come in various fillings, including cheese, seafood, and meat.

Street Food

Completo: A Chilean-style hot dog with various toppings, including avocado, mayonnaise, sauerkraut, and more.

Mote con Huesillo: A traditional Chilean drink made with husked wheat and dried peaches.

Cafés and Bars

Explore local cafés for coffee and pastries, and visit bars for Chilean wines, pisco sours, and craft beers.

Chilean cuisine is characterized by its emphasis on fresh ingredients, seafood, and a mix of traditional and modern flavors. Whether you're dining in upscale restaurants, sampling street food, or enjoying local specialties, Chile offers a culinary journey that reflects its diverse culture and landscapes.

Need to Know

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