Chile is filled with gorgeous landscapes, mountains, lakes, rivers, plains, the Pacific coastline — you name it. Amidst all of that is an abundance of culture and creativity, creating a sort of traveler’s paradise, especially for those who like to go off the beaten path a little bit. If you’re the kind of traveler that likes an adventure and you’re on you’re way to Chile, you can’t miss these five amazing spots.
The Elevators Of Valparaiso
Valparaiso is a hilly coastal Chilean city not too far from Santiago. Along its steep hills are elevator cars that have been around since 1911. Back in the day, only residents could use them to commute, but now the 15 that remain in operation are open to the public. The elevator cars are a cheap, efficient, and culturally resonant way to get to the top of the hills, where many beautiful vistas await.
San Pedro De Atacama
In northern Chile is the tiny desert town of San Pedro de Atacama. Old white churches adorn this tiny town and its Spanish-colonial vibe will take you back in time. And if that’s not enough, the surrounding area includes a variety of lovely landscapes, including the driest desert in the world (a place that is perfect for stargazing), mountain lagoons, salt caves, and salt flats.
The Lake District
The natural beauty of Chile’s Lake District about 600 miles south of Santiago is of the likes of Switzerland and Austria. It’s in the Andes mountains, includes twelve magnificent lakes, and is surrounded by six volcanoes. Between mountain biking, climbing, and boating in the summer months to skiing in the winter months, there is no shortage of things to do here. The sites are absolutely breathtaking as you take in the truly small town culture of the area.
Torres Del Paine
Down in the south of Chile is Patagonia, a region that is known for some of the most magnificent landscapes on the planet. Here lies Torres del Paine National Park, filled with mountain lakes, glaciers, waterfalls, and the Cerro Paine mountain range. Its famous W trek is a five-day hike that is known to leave people mystified at the glory of nature. Hikers in particular should not skip Torres del Paine.
Chiloé Island is an amazing mix of both culture and nature, and it looks and feels like no other place in the world. The Chilote people are warm, the seafood is unqiue and delicious, and the houses are colorful and sit on stilts above the water. The wooden churches add even more color to the island. Take a trip in a kayak to explore the gorgeous sea channels. You won’t regret your trip here one bit.