Things to do in Chile

Most travellers to Chile begin in Santiago, the city's capital and travel hub. While here, it's worth taking a look around, beginning with a climb to the top of San Cristóbal Hill and ending with a big night of clubhopping in the bohemian Bellavista barrio. Once the hangover has subsided (a local hotdog ought to do the trick), bid adieu to the sprawling city and head off. Where to next? Well, that's up to you.

For those in search of adventure, take your pick between the wild Patagonia Rainforests or the woolly Andean Alps. History buffs will find fascination in the colourful Spanish history of Valparaiso and the mythologies of Easter Island, while those who prefer the finer things in life can enjoy them amid the Rapel Valley wine region or along the palm tree-lined sand of Bahia Inglesa Beach.

Take advantage of Chile's long summer season in the south at Torres del Paine National Park of Patagonia and the Lakes District of southern Chile with fertile farmland, forested areas and deep, clear lakes. Surfers will want to head to the northern coastline to take advantage of the strong waves in Pichilemu, south of Santiago; Arica; Ritoque and Totoralillo.

For more inspiration on what to see and do in Chile, here we map out some of the must-dos to make your itinerary planning easier.

San Cristobal Hill

No trip to Santiago should be without taking in the view from San Cristóbal Hill. Standing 300 metres above the city, the hill is a fantastic place to bring a picnic and soak up the beauty of Santiago from above.

Easter Island

As one of the most isolated islands in the world, mysterious Rapa Nui a.k.a. Easter Island may seem out of the way, but those who do make the journey are rarely disappointed.

Patagonia

For the South America that promises raw and rugged adventure, Patagonia awaits you. Commonly known as South America's southern frontier, this region is where the continent is left to its own devices.

Valle Nevado

Despite the promise of winter fog in Santiago, it doesn't stop the tourists coming in their droves. Why? The answer lies just 46 kilometres east of the city - Valle Nevado.

Valparaiso

Say goodbye to wanderlust worries for a weekend as Chile’s answer to bohemian living dares you to explore its winding alleys. Valparaiso boasts fresh coffee, seaside ambience, wild characters and endless displays of weird, wacky and wonderful street art.

Chiloe

An island cloaked in ambiguity, Chiloé is Chile’s best-kept secret; welcoming locals, taste sensations and lively street festivals abound. This hidden slice of heaven is sure to seduce, surprise and leave you wanting more.