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  • 1 Chilean Museum of Pre-Colombian Art Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    361 Bandera RCH - Santiago

    Housing exhibits such as cloth from the Andes, anthropomorphical objects and shamans' instruments, the Chilean Museum of Pre-Colombian Art in Santiago is home to a collection which is as vast as the continent itself! Displays relating to Meso-America..

  • 2 Santiago National Fine Arts Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Parque Forestal s/n RCH - Santiago

    The fine neo-Classical building which can be seen in the popular Parque Forestal is home to the city's Fine Arts Museum. Don't miss the remarkable permanent collection of Chilean art, which consists of works created since the colonial period. Numerou..

  • 3 Valparaiso Hills Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Ricardo de Ferrari RCH - Valparaíso

    The lower town of Valparaíso follows a geometrical layout around the port, while behind it the town extends up into the hills, a maze of colonial houses, which are accessed via an ingenious system of ascensores (lifts), 15 funiculars built from the 1..

  • 4 Isla Negra Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Camino Vecinal s/n RCH - Valparaíso

    Isla Negra, to the south of Valparaíso, was Pablo Neruda's favourite house. Extended by the poet on numerous occasions, the house was confiscated after the 1973 coup d'état. Neruda died shortly after and never saw the house again. In 1993, his remain..

  • 5 Lago Chungará Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    RCH - Parinacota

    The highlight of the magnificent natural spectacle of the Parque Nacional Lauca is without doubt Lake Chungará, one of the highest lakes in the world at over an altitude of 4 500m. This shallow lake is overlooked by the snowy peaks of the Parinacota ..

  • 6 Chiloé Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    RCH - Ancud

    The Chiloé archipelago, extremely verdant thanks to its climate, is renowned for its 150 churches and chapels, some of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The area has retained a lively traditional culture and is home to a national park whose main..

  • 7 Chilean Patagonia Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    RCH - Punta Arenas

    The end of the earth - or at least the far end of South America. Completely unspoilt for centuries, Patagonia still feels extremely remote today. An extreme landscape which often provided refuge for extreme men, this area comprises vast expanses of d..

  • 8 Parque Nacional Torres del Paine Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    RCH - Puerto Natales

    Les Torres overlook the Patagonian steppe, acting as a landmark for the Parque Nacional Torres del Paine with their towering granite peaks. Here verdant rocky valleys alternate with patches of ice floating in the clear lakes. A perfect spot for climb..

  • 9 Valle de la Luna Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    RCH - San Pedro de Acatama

    The Valle de la Luna near San Pedro de Atacama takes its name from its lunar landscape. At sunrise and sunset, the dunes and rocky formations here take on striking shapes and golden and purple hues. Magnificent colours and magical stone silhouettes.

  • 10 El Tatio geysers Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    RCH - San Pedro de Acatama

    Although this site can be dangerous, it would be a shame to miss the unique spectacle of El Tatio volcano and its "park" of geysers which spurt up in impressive jets and waterspouts. Best seen first thing in the morning, when the cold air c..

  • 11 Atacama Desert Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    RCH - San Pedro de Acatama

    This desert is said to be the driest in the world, where it rains only once every ten years! Nonetheless, the Atacama, a huge depression in the Norte Grande, is home to a surprising variety of landscapes, including oases, rocky plains, Altiplano, sal..

  • 12 Red House Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    860 Merced RCH - Santiago

    The Casa Colorada (1769), one of Santiago's fine examples of civil colonial architecture, owes its name to its red façade. The house was once home to Mateo Toro y Zambrano, president of the first revolutionary junta of Chile, and now houses the Museu..

  • 13 Cerro San Cristóbal Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    RCH - Santiago

    If you're finding the heat of Santiago too much, then head for the hills! The Parque Metropolitano on Cerro San Cristóbal, a hill overlooking the capital to the north of Bellavista, can be reached on foot, by cable car or funicular. Fresh air, panora..

  • 14 Colchagua Valley Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    RCH - Santa Cruz

    The small town of Santa Cruz extends across the middle of the magnificent wine-growing Colchagua Valley, which is covered with grape varieties imported from France in the 19C. Today these vines produce a red wine which is renowned across the globe. M..

  • 15 Museo Arqueológico San Miguel de Azapa Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    RCH - Arica

    Some of the oldest mummies in the world were discovered in the Azapa valley, not far from Arica. These are now the highlights of the Museo Arqueológico San Miguel de Azapa, which is also home to a collection of petroglyphs and objects from the Chinco..

  • 16 Parque Nacional Lauca Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    RCH - Parinacota

    Watch out for altitude sickness! In the Norte Grande, on the border with Bolivia, the Parque Nacional Lauca offers visitors the grandiose landscapes of the Altiplano, which stand at between 3 000m and 6 300m high. A UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, with wil..

  • 17 Monumento Natural Salar de Surire Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    RCH - Polloquere

    With its long legs similar to those of an ostrich, Darwin's rhea is at home among the mineral expanses of the Monumento Natural Salar de Surire, a fragile ecosystem of high-altitude salt lakes (4 245m), which is fed by two salt rivers. The area is a ..

  • 18 Pintados Geogylph Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    RCH - Pintados

    A geogylph is a huge drawing on the ground which can be seen clearly from afar thanks to its size. Around 400 abstract, human and animal figures, a kind of pre-Colombian signage system, cover the hills around Pintados, a small deserted village in the..

  • 19 ElquiValley Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    RCH - Vicuña

    In the Norte Chico, the Elqui valley is dotted with charming wine-growing villages around the town of Vicuña. The region receives an ideal amount of sunshine for cultivating the grapes which produce pisco, the national drink of Chile. And if you look..

  • 20 Parque Nacional Huerquehue Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    RCH - Collentañe

    The Parque Nacional Huerquehue is a real gem! With its constellation of small emerald lakes surrounded by monkey puzzle trees the park is home to the tiny pudú (a deer the size of a hare). Take a hike along the footpath around the lakes, followed by ..

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