Chile’s Top 12 Experiences

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Chile offers terrific experiences that should be on every traveler's list. Here are Fodor's top picks for a memorable trip.

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San Pedro de Atacama

In the heart of the Atacama Desert, San Pedro is renowned for its breathtaking scenery. Explore erupting geyser fields and blue alpine lakes and watch multihued sunsets across lunar-like landscapes.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s El Norte Grande Travel Guide

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Chiloé’s Churches

More than 150 wooden chapels dot Chiloé’s rugged, misty landscapes. These historic chapels are elegant reminders of the island’s missionary past.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Chiloe Travel Guide

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Valparaíso

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the port town of Valparaíso charms with its candy-colored metal houses, dramatic hills overlooking the Pacific, and wooden funiculars.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s The Central Coast Travel Guide

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Santiago

Surrounded by the Andes, Chile’s vibrant capital is filled with top-notch museums, colorful crafts markets, colonial buildings, and trendy restaurants.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Santiago Travel Guide

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Wineries

Sample flavorful reds and crisp whites at the vineyards that line Chile’s Central Valley. The often-stunning settings and generous tasting sessions are added bonuses.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s The Central Valley Travel Guide

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Wildlife Spotting

Chile’s ecosystems support a variety of wildlife. Expect to see penguins and guanacos in Patagonia and alpacas and flamingos in the Atacama Desert.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Chile Travel Guide

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Seafood

You’re never far from the ocean in Chile. Local restaurants serve delicious seafood throughout the country, from Patagonian king crab to mouthwatering stews.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Chile Travel Guide

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Pablo Neruda’s Houses

Even those unfamiliar with Neruda’s poetry will be captivated by the whimsical objects and unusual architecture at his houses in Santiago, Valparaíso, and Isla Negra.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Chile Travel Guide

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Torres del Paine

This national park is Chile’s premier destination for hikers and nature lovers. Its aquamarine lakes, abundant wildlife, and jagged peaks are spectacular.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Southern Chilean Patagonia Travel Guide

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Lakes and Volcanoes

Whether you prefer fishing, hiking, kayaking, climbing, or horseback riding, Chile’s snow-capped volcanoes and glistening lakes offer outdoor activities for everyone.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Chile Travel Guide

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Easter Island

Wandering among the mysterious moai, the colossal stone statues that keep watch over the most isolated island in the world, is truly awe-inspiring.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Easter Island Travel Guide

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Beaches

Take your pick of gorgeous beaches—from the glamorous strands along the Central Coast to windswept beauties in the south—on the long Pacific coastline.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Chile Travel Guide