Chile is an awfully long country. 4,270km, to be exact.
It’s a country with both The Atacama Desert and Torres del Paine. Penguins and foxes. Skiing and surfing. Vineyards and fjords. Indigenous cultures and very modern cities.
Get the best of Chile by traveling the length. Here are some of the highlights from South to North.
BEST OF CHILE
TORRES DEL PAINE
Glaciers, high passes, grasslands, and jagged peaks. These are some of the many icons of Patagonia.
For good reason, Torres del Paine is increasingly becoming one of the best-known places in Patagonia. But you can still escape the crowds. Here’s how to dip into the backcountry on the O Circuit.
More Torres del Paine: 5 Trekking Routes in Torres Del Paine ● How to Book Campsites in Torres Del Paine ● Torres Del Paine Photostory ● Where to Rent Gear in Puerto Natales
Patagonia is way down at the end of the earth.
It’s worth the journey but notoriously expensive to get there. Got more time than money? Find out more about this ferry through the fjords that will get you down to Patagonia for just $25.
More Patagonia: Hitchhiking in Patagonia ● A Guide to Bus Travel in South America ● Best Treks in South America
PATAGONIA PACKING LIST
THE MARBLE CAVES
The Marble Caves aren’t just made brilliant in photoshop. Those babies are just as blue in real life.
Find out about this hidden destination in the very underrated Aísen Region of Chile.
More Beautiful Places: 37 Photos That Will Get You Into Chile
STREET ART EVERYWHERE
Santiago and neighboring Valparaíso are gritty and purely cool.
Find out the story behind Valpraraíso’s next-level street art scene and figure out where to find it for yourself.
More Art & Culture: Creative Seeing: A Photo Tour of Santiago ● Cooking Class in Valparaíso ● Fantastic Fish Markets & Where to Find Them
LAND OF PISCO
Valle del Elquí is too often skipped over, but Chilean travelers know better.
Experience the fruits of the region by bicycle on a self-guided pisco and craft beer tour.
More Northern Chile: Stay Strange: The Geodesic Dome Under the Stars in Chile