To the south of its mainland, South America boasts one of the most fascinating places in the world. Chile is much more than the longest country around the planet; its wines, its over 500 volcanoes, and each of its 16 regions along the Andes Mountains invite travelers to enjoy once-in-a-lifetime experiences, surrounded by a setting rich in contrasts and nature. In Chile On The Go we will make sure you find more than a reason to come and discover every single corner of this country, while providing you with the right advice for each stage of your itinerary. What should I know when traveling to Chile for the first time? : Throughout this article you will find the reply to this question.

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Vicuñas in the Atacama Salt Flat

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July 28th, 2021

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ts official currency is the Chilean Peso; its official language, Spanish. It hosted the 1962 FIFA World Cup. Before the arrival of the Spaniards, its mainland used to be inhabited by indigenous groups such as the Onas, the Selkams, the Yaghans and the Mapuches (the latter still with a widespread presence in the Patagonia area); its cuisine features red meat, empanadas, cazuelas (Chilean stews), Humita, wine and pisco. Chile is synonymous with history, magic, flavor and surprises.

Throughout its vast territory Chile is home to six World Heritage sites, but today we will be describing five of its most attractive and renowned ones.

Sown fields in Elqui Valley

San Pedro de Atacama

To the north of Chile, this remote village sitting at the heart of the Atacama desert serves as a meeting point for both locals and travelers to start their journeys towards the most stunning settings in this country. From this site, also known as the “gateway to the desert” or the archeological capital of Chile, travelers may visit, among other things, the vapors from the geysers of Tatio, Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley) or Valle de la Muerte (Death Valley). San Pedro de Atacama is a place that becomes a unique destination per se.

Valley of the Moon in San Pedro de Atacama

Easter Island

This magical island lies within the Chilean Polynesia, where over 1,500 years ago the Rapanui ethnic group started writing the history of this place. Nowadays around 5,000 people live here. The island is most famous for its spectacular monolithic statues sitting on the hillsides of volcanoes: these giant rocky heads, known as moais, hide some mysteries and an invaluable cultural wealth. Indeed, in 1995 this enchanted paradise was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Ahu Akivi, Easter Island

Torres del Paine

Now it’s time to head to the south of Chile…There, among the many different attractions, travelers will encounter a “Mecca for trekking lovers”: Torres del Paine National Park. Its topography, mountains, lakes and glaciers turn this place into one of the most fascinating destinations in the continent. Some of the highlights here include the Cuernos area, the towers, Lagos Sarmiento, Grey, Paine or Dickson, and of course, we should not leave out Lagunas Verde, Azul and Honda.

Base of the Towers, Torres del Paine National Park

Santiago y Valparaíso

Santiago de Chile is much more than just the capital of this country. The city is surrounded by volcanoes like San Jose, Maipo, Tupungato and Tupungatito. It also hosts the tallest building in South America: the Costanera Center, which boasts 64 floors and two observation decks that offer visitors a stunning panoramic view of the city and the Andes Mountains. Santiago is often described as a meeting point between culture, travel and art.

Two hours away from Santiago lies Valparaiso, a city that stands out for its history, harbor, hills and colorful houses. Valparaiso is a must-visit for those who seek to discover Chile’s contrasts throughout its vast territory. Its historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage site with an architectural wealth developed in the late XIX century that indeed ratifies this designation.

Valparaiso City

Puerto Varas

Also known as the City of the Roses, this site is home to both architectural and natural wealth. It is the gateway to the Lake District, the starting point of the famous Carretera Austral, the ideal setting to relish in Patagonia’s cuisine and also a meeting point for adventure sports lovers.

Osorno Volcano, Lake District

Chile On The Go

United by Patagonia, Chile and Argentina share a lot more than just lakes and one the longest borders on earth. Chile On The Go and Argentina On The Go are sister agencies with the devoted intention to show the world the two countries’ cultural, social, gastronomic and natural wealth. It is indeed their proximity that shapes this project, whose main goal is to attain a synergy between the two cultures and thus be able to design unique experiences for those travelers who wish to know both countries.

Did you know…?

Chile is thought to be located on three continents. Why is that so? Chile is part of Oceania, since it forms the corner of the Polynesia with New Zealand and Hawaii; its territory lies on the American continent and Chile has formally pursued a territorial claim over Antarctica

The moais, the giant rocky sculptures in the Eastern Island, are between 3 and 9 meters tall, and the biggest of them weighs eighty tons. Throughout the island there are roughly 900 of them.

Atacama is the most arid desert in the planet, with a land area of 105,000 km2. This is the place where the most ancient mommies – the 7,000 year-old Chinchorros mommies – were discovered.