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5 ways to experience Chile

It’s one of the world’s longest countries, at over 2600 miles from north to south. Chile hosts some of the most beautiful geographical diversity, and is also one of the largest wine exporters. The country has plenty of accolades to its name, which can also make it overwhelming to the first-time visitor. So I wanted to share some of my favorite highlights, chosen from my own travels and themed around some of the best aspects of this South American gem.

5 ways to experience Chile

Torres del Paine Photo Journal

The famous Torres del Paine is nothing short of spectacular, and I spent the entire time snapping photos of all the famous landmarks. This is a photo journal to help inspire your own trip to the beautiful Patagonia region of Chile.

Torres del Paine Photo Journal

Valparaiso Photo Journal

Valparaiso is a colorful port city located an hour and a half from Chile’s capital city of Santiago. It’s known for its expansive street art, intricate murals and gritty character. Here are 28 photos to help you appreciate the beauty of Valpo.

Valparaiso Photo Journal

DIA DEL PATRIMONIO

Chile celebrated “Dia del Patrimonio” in 2018, when all the public institutions (museums, government buildings, etc) open their doors to the public for free. There are free walking tours in each barrio, and insider access to buildings that wouldn’t normally be open. Read more to find out which places we chose to visit.

DIA DEL PATRIMONIO

FREE WALKING TOUR OF SANTIAGO, CHILE

One of the perks of living in Santiago is that it has a number of “Free Walking Tour” companies, which is an inexpensive way to learn about the city. 

We tried out Free Walking Tours earlier this month, so I wanted to share some highlights of our experience. If you find yourself in Santiago, and have half a day to walk around, you should try this out.

FREE WALKING TOUR OF SANTIAGO, CHILE

Santiago Markets: La Vega

When you’ve been living in Santiago for a while (or, in my case, a few weeks), it almost feels like a little bubble. The roads are clean, the subway system (metro) is great, and the traffic follows the rules of the road. So, it’s easy to forget you’re in Latin America. Until you make your way to La Vega.

Santiago Markets: La Vega

Road Trip Part 3: Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve

From the moment I saw the Pinterest post on Montana Magica Lodge in Huilo Huilo, I was enamored with the hotel, and never in a million years did I think I'd get a chance to visit this "Hobbit House." We booked a couple of nights at this magical resort nestled in a biological reserve, hoping it would live up to the hype.

Road Trip Part 3: Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve

Road Trip Part 2: Pucon & Waterfalls

When the light started to roll in the next morning, we realized we were floating in the clouds. The house was high up on a hill, so we had clear views of the mountains, and the fog helped give Pucon a magical feel. Our hike to Salto del Claro was about 90 minutes, and was complete with beautiful vistas of adjacent farmland as well as various types of farm animals grazing on the rolling fields.

Road Trip Part 2: Pucon & Waterfalls

Road Trip Part 1: Southern Chile

Whenever you research travel in Chile, you'll see the country is divided into three main sections: the North (Atacama), the center (Santiago) and the south (Patagonia). When we first arrived to Santiago, we had a couple of weeks before our jobs began, so we decided to take advantage of our time off and explore the south. While we couldn't make it as far as Patagonia, we found some of the most beautiful vistas and scrumptious food we've ever seen and tasted.

Road Trip Part 1: Southern Chile

Neighborhoods of Santiago

I've spent a significant amount of time walking through the neighborhoods of Providencia, Bellavista, Barrio Lastarria and Barrio Italia. The stark differences in these 'barrios' remind me of the ones in San Francisco, with each one appealing to a different kind of person.

Neighborhoods of Santiago