Chile

Chile is a long, narrow country stretching along South America’s western edge, with 4,300km of Pacific Ocean coastline. Santiago, its capital, sits in a valley surrounded by the Andes and Chilean Coast Range mountains. The city’s Plaza de Armas, founded in 1541, contains neoclassical landmarks and the National History Museum. The massive Parque Metropolitano offers swimming pools, a botanical garden and zoo.

HOW TO GET TO CHILE

Through the air is one of the most used way to get to Chile , many companies fly to and from Chile . Lot of tourist coming during the all year so connection with some of the major hubs in the world are good.

WHAT TO DO THERE AND WHAT TO SEE IN CHILE

This vast country has to offer many things, from skiing to scuba diving. From rafting to shopping and dining . Here it is some things that i will label as MUST SEE thing when you are in Chile.

Torres del Paine National Park, in Chile’s Patagonia region, is known for its soaring mountains, electric-blue icebergs that cleave from glaciers and golden pampas (lowlands) that shelter rare wildlife such as llama-like guanacos. The 3 granite towers from which the park takes its name and the horn-shaped peaks called Cuernos del Paine are some of its most iconic sites.

El Valle de la Luna is located 13 kilometres west of San Pedro de Atacama, to the north of Chile in the Cordillera de la Sal, in the Atacama desert. It has various stone and sand formations which have been carved by wind and water.

Cajón del Maipo is a canyon located in the Andean southeastern portion of the Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile. It encompasses the upper Maipo River basin, where the river has entrenched itself in a narrow valley.

Osorno Volcano is a 2,652-metre tall conical stratovolcano lying between Osorno Province and Llanquihue Province, in Los Lagos Region of Chile. It stands on the southeastern shore of Llanquihue Lake, and also towers over Todos los Santos Lake.

Los Pingüinos Natural Monument is located 35 km northeast of Punta Arenas, Chile. Magdalena Island and the Marta Island, situated in the middle of the Strait of Magellan, is the main part of this natural monument. If you wanna see some pinguines thats one of the places where you should go and check.

The San Rafael Glacier is one of the major outlet glaciers of the Northern Patagonian Ice Field in southern Chile and is the tidewater glacier nearest the equator. This place is a bit hostile but in the same time nature look beautiful and amazing .

Lake Todos los Santos is a lake located in the Los Lagos Region of southern Chile, 96 km northeast of the regional capital Puerto Montt and 76 km east of Puerto Varas, within the boundaries of the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park, place where you can enjoy in fishing , swimming , camping and hiking . Lovely place that is good to be seen.

Villarrica is one of Chile’s most active volcanoes, rising above the lake and town of the same name, 750 km south of Santiago. It is also known as Rucapillán, a Mapuche word meaning “Pillan’s house”. There is plenty of volcanos in Chile but this is one of the most impressive .

Pukará de Quitor is a pre-Columbian archaeological site in northern Chile. This stone fortress is located 3 km northwest of the town of San Pedro de Atacama, overlooking the valley of the river San Pedro. Some really old things you can find there. Also place is good for camping in the desert and sleep under the sky 🙂

Ojos del Caburgua is a waterfall located 15 kilometers east of Pucón and four kilometers south of Caburgua Lake in the region of Aracaunía in southern Chile. One of the biggest waterfalls in Chile , look so amazing and is something that left me most bigger impression.

Urban things to see in Chile and have some shopping or lunch or drinking a coffee and have a great view on the city , The Costanera Center is a business and commercial complex that includes a six-floor shopping mall, the Gran Torre Santiago and three other skyscrapers – two high-end hotels and an office building.The Plaza de Armas is the main square of Santiago, the capital of Chile. It is the centerpiece of the initial layout of Santiago, which has a square grid pattern

Chile also has a great sea coast and wonderful beaches. Iquique is a coastal city in northern Chile, to the west of the Atacama Desert. A prosperous saltpeter mining town in the 19th century, today it’s a popular holiday destination with a tax-free port area, Pacific beaches and a seafront casino. In its historic district, an iconic 19th-century clock tower stands in Arturo Prat Square, the city’s main plaza.

Arica is a port city in northern Chile, known for its surfing beaches. Near the center, a path climbs up to Morro Arica hill, which has sweeping views and the Museo Histórico y de Armas war museum. Designed by French architect Gustave Eiffel in metal and wood, Gothic San Marcos Cathedral dates from 1876. The high plains of the Andes mountains rise to the east, home to Lauca National Park and Chungará Lake.

Concón is a Chilean city and commune in Valparaíso Province, Valparaíso Region. It is a major tourist center known for its beaches, balnearios and night life.Lot of parties and clubs who work all day long. Many jazz concerts or other type of event always keep tourists busy.

One of the most popular honeymoon places with lot of resorts and tourist is Quintero Chile . Quintero is a Chilean city and commune in Valparaíso Province, in the Valparaíso Region, 30 kilometers north of Valparaíso. The commune spans an area of 147.5 km².. Vibrant place where you can enjoy in beautiful nature .

If you want to visit some of the casinos Coquimbo is the place to be. Lot of casinos great beaches and nice places even for fishing during the day. The city basicly never sleep so many interesting thing can be found there.

ACCOMMODATION IN CHILE 

On the whole, the standard of accommodation in Chile is reasonable, though many visitors feel prices are high for what they get, especially in mid- and top-range hotels. Bottom-end accommodation starts at around CH$8000 (US$16) for a dorm room, CH$20,000–25,000 (US$40-50) for a double. You’ll have to pay around CH$35,000–45,000 (US$70-90) for a double or twin with a private bathroom in a decent mid-range hotel, and anything from CH$50,000–70,000 (US$100-140) for a smarter hotel. There’s usually a wide choice in the major tourist centres and the cities on the Panamericana, but in more remote areas you’ll invariably have to make do with basic hospedajes (modest rooms, often in family homes). Most places include a small breakfast in their rates.

The price of accommodation often increases dramatically in high season – January and February – particularly in seaside resorts, where it can as much as double or even triple. Outside high season it’s always worth trying to negotiate a discount. A simple “¿tiene algo un poco mas económico?” (“do you have anything a little cheaper?”) or “¿me puede dar un descuento?” (“could you give me a discount?”) will often get you a lower price on the spot. It’s rarely necessary to make reservations, unless you’ve got your heart set on a particular hotel, in which case it can be a good idea to phone a few days in advance – especially at weekends, even more so if it’s within striking distance of Santiago.

Room rates are supposed to be quoted inclusive of IVA (a Chilean goods and services tax of 19 percent), but you should always check beforehand (¿está incluido el iva?). Many mid- and most upper-range hotels give you the opportunity to pay for your accommodation in US dollars, which exempts you from paying IVA. However, hotels are not always eager to offer this discount – they need to be reminded forcefully. Often, though, if they can’t take off IVA, they’ll offer you a discount of ten percent if you pay cash.

Hotels

Chilean hotels are given a one- to five-star rating by Sernatur (the national tourist board), but this only reflects facilities and not standards, which vary widely. In practice, then, a three-star hotel could be far more attractive and comfortable than a four-star and even a five-star hotel; the only way to tell is to go and have a look, as even the room rates aren’t a reliable indication of quality.

In general, mid-range hotels fall into two main categories: large, old houses with spacious, but sometimes tired, rooms; and modern, purpose-built hotels, usually with smaller rooms, no common areas and better facilities. You’ll always get a private bathroom with a shower (rarely a bath), hot water and towels, and generally cable TV. As the price creeps up there’s usually an improvement in decor and space, and at the upper end you can expect room service, a mini-bar (frigobar), a safe, a hotel restaurant, private parking and sometimes a swimming pool. The standards of top end hotels can still vary quite dramatically, however – ranging from stylish boutique hotels or charming haciendas to grim, impersonal monoliths catering for businessmen.

Motels, incidentally, are usually not economical roadside hotels, but places where couples go to have sex (rooms are generally rented for three-hour periods).

Residenciales

Residenciales are the most widely available, and widely used, accommodation option. As with hotels, standards can vary enormously, but in general they offer simple, modestly furnished rooms, usually off a corridor in the main house, or else in a row arranged around the backyard or patio. They usually contain little more than a bed, a rail for hanging clothes and a bedside table and lamp, though some provide additional furniture, and a few more comforts such as a TV or a thermos for making tea or coffee. Most, but not all, have shared bathrooms.

Where places differ is in the upkeep or “freshness” of the rooms: some are dank and damp, others have good bed linen, walls that are painted every summer, and a clean, swept, feel to them. Some of the slightly more expensive residenciales are very pleasant, particularly the large, nineteenth-century houses. While some residenciales cater exclusively to tourists, many, especially in the mining towns of the north, fill mainly with workmen.

Hospedajes and casas de familia

The distinction between a residencial and a hospedaje or casa de familia is often blurred. On the whole, the term hospedaje implies something rather modest, along the lines of the cheaper residenciales, while a casa de familia (or casa familiar) offers, as you’d expect, rooms inside a family home. The relationship between the guest and the owner is nevertheless no different from that in a residencial. Casas de familia don’t normally have a sign at the door, and if they do it usually just says “Alojamiento” (“lodging”); more commonly, members of the family might go and meet tourists at the bus stations. These places are perfectly safe and you shouldn’t worry about checking them out. Sometimes you’ll find details of casas de familia at tourist offices, as well.

Cabañas

Cabañas are very popular in Chile, and you’ll find them in tourist spots up and down the country, particularly by the coast. They are basically holiday chalets geared towards families, and usually come with a kitchen, sitting/dining area, one double bedroom and a second bedroom with bunks. They range from the very rustic to the distinctly grand, complete with daily maid service. Note that the price is often the same for two people as it is for four: i.e. charged by cabin rather than per person. That said, as they’re used predominantly by Chileans, their popularity tends to be limited to January and February and sunny weekends, and outside these times demand is so low that you can normally get a very good discount. Many cabañas are in superb locations, right by the ocean, and it can be wonderfully relaxing to self-cater for a few days in the off-season.

Refugios

Many of the ranger stations in the national parks have a limited number of bunk beds available for tourists, at a charge of around CH$5000 (US$10) per person. Known as refugios, these places are very rustic – often a small, wooden hut – but they usually have toilets, hot running water, clean sheets and woollen blankets. Some of them, such as those at the Salar de Surire and Lago Chungará, are in stunning locations. Most refugiosare open year-round, but if you’re travelling in winter or other extreme weather conditions it’s best to check with the regional forestry (Conaf) office in advance. While you’re there, you can reserve beds in the refugio. This is highly advisable if you’re relying solely on the refugio for accommodation, but if you’re travelling with a tent as a back-up, it’s not really necessary to book ahead.

Hostels

Hostels are increasingly banding together to provide a link between Chile´s major cities. What was until recently a score of isolated bargain spots is now starting to resemble a highly developed hostelling operation such as the one, for example, in New Zealand; some are pretty smart, and a few even style themselves as “boutique hostels”. In addition to dorms, most also have a selection of private rooms. Hostels also tend to be among the best informal networks for information about local guides and excursions.

Many hostels are affiliated to Hostelling International (hihostels.com), and offer discounts for members.

Camping

There are plenty of opportunities for camping in Chile, though it’s not always the cheapest way to sleep. If you plan to do a lot of camping, equip yourself with the annual Spanish-language camping guide, Turistel Rutero Camping, which has maps, prices and information. Even those who don’t speak Spanish will find plenty of helpful information, ranging from trail maps to cabins. Official campsites range from plots of land with minimal facilities to swanky grounds with hot showers and private barbecue grills. The latter, often part of holiday complexes in seaside resorts, can be very expensive (around CH$15,000–20,000/US$30–40), and are usually only open between December and March.

It’s also possible to camp wild in the countryside, but you’ll really need your own transport to do this in remote areas. Most national parks don’t allow camping outside designated areas, in order to protect the environment. Instead they tend to have either rustic camping areas administered by Conaf (very common in northern Chile), costing about CH$5000 (US$10) per tent, or else smart, expensive sites run by concessionaires (more common in the south) that charge about CH$20,000 (US$40) for two to four people. As for beaches, some turn into informal, spontaneously erected campsites in the summer; on others, camping is strictly forbidden.

If you do end up camping wild on the beach or in the countryside, bury or pack up your excrement, and take all your refuse with you when you leave. Note that butane gas and sometimes Camping Gaz are available in hardware shops in most towns and cities. If your stove takes white gas, you need to buy bencina blanca, which you’ll find either in hardware stores or, more commonly, in pharmacIes

BEST TIME TO GO THERE

Brazilians and Argentines vacation during the summer from December 15 to the end of February, as well as the 2 middle weeks of July and Holy Week (Semana Santa), the week preceding Easter Sunday. These dates coincide with school vacations. In spite of cheaper deals during the off-season, nearly everyone from these three countries takes his or her vacation during high season, and consequently the teeming masses seen in popular destinations such as Pucón or Viña del Mar during this time can be overwhelming. If that weren’t enough, consider that hotels and businesses in tourist areas jack up their prices in anticipation of vacationers who come with money to burn. If you travel to Chile during this time, book a room well in advance. Or you can do as most North American and Europeans do and come from late September to early December for the spring bloom, or from March to June, when the trees turn color; both seasons have pleasant weather, and destinations around Chile are less crowded, and in some cases completely empty of people. In fact, it’s preferable to be in the extreme regions of Chile during these “off-seasons.” In northern regions, such as San Pedro de Atacama, the searing heat during the summer is a killer. In Patagonia, the fierce wind blows from October to April but is most consistent in December and January.

The only exception to this high-season rule is in Santiago. Summer is in fact the most pleasant time to visit, as Santiaguinos head out for vacation, easing traffic, reducing smog, and dropping rates in most hotels.

NOTE

The northern region of Chile is so dry that some desert areas have never recorded rain. Summer temperatures from early December to late February in this region can top 100°F (38°C), then drop dramatically at night to 30°F (-1°C). Winter days, from mid-June to late August, are crisp but sunny and pleasant; but, as soon as the sun drops, the temperature turns bitterly cold. Along the coast, the weather is mild and dry, ranging from 60° to 90°F (16°-32°C) during the summer.

The Santiago and Central Valley region features a Mediterranean climate, with rain during the winter only and temperatures that range from 32° to 55°F (0°-13°C) in the winter, and 60° to 95°F (16°-35°C) during the summer. Farther south, the Lake District and the Carretera Austral are home to sopping wet winters, and overcast days and rain are not uncommon during the summer, especially in the regions around Valdivia and Puerto Montt.
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