Start your Chilean adventures in the capital city of Santiago to lap up the culture of this dynamic city, before heading out into the untouched wilderness. Capture the soul of this dramatic country which stretches from the Atacama Desert in the north, through verdant wine country, down to Patagonia’s jagged peaks and glacial lakes. The perfect blend of nature, majestic landscapes and adventure, it’s no wonder that Chile has been named the World’s Leading Adventure Tourism Destination. Combine Chile with Argentina and explore even more of Patagonia to make the most of your wildlife adventures in South America.
The Atacama Desert is an impressive moonscape of eerie beauty. Explore the spectacular desert landscapes of this barren terrain, with lunar landscapes and the Atacama salt flats, where pink flamingos can be found. Spurting geysers, vibrantly coloured lagoons and the best place to view the starry night skies, complete the picture.
In stark and beautiful contrast, lies Chile’s Lake District, where snow-capped volcanoes, scenic lakes, waterfalls and forest open up a world of possibilities for outdoor adventures. A greener, less rugged alternative to Patagonia, explore the nature and get your adrenaline fix with hiking, horse riding and cycling. Or, simply relax with some fishing or on gentle walks to enjoy the scenery around the area’s 12 major lakes. Our favourites are Llanquihue, Calafquén and Panguipulli, with quaint villages and plenty of Chilean hospitality and cultural charms to enjoy along the way.
Fly further south to experience Chilean Patagonia, to cruise the fjords and gaze on mountains, rivers and towering glaciers. The awe-inspiring sites of Torres del Paine National Park are a must-see on any trip to Chile, with world-class trekking and abundant flora and fauna, which includes the Andean condor, flamingos and the elusive Puma (more Patagonia information here>>).
Easter Island is a tiny and intriguing island, just five hours flight from Chile’s mainland. This UNESCO World Heritage site is most famous for its mysterious and imposing Maoi (statues) that sit gazing out onto the Pacific Ocean. Discover the underwater world with diving amidst some of the world’s clearest waters. Remote and undisturbed, the waters surrounding the island boast abundant marine life. Learn to fish like a local, with simple weights, hook and line and catch yourself some tasty nanue. Or, take in panoramic island views, forests and meadows on one-day treks up the volcano of Rano Kau.