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Geographically, Chile is one of the narrowest countries in the world, stretching no more than 150 miles at its widest point. It is also safe, friendly, and interesting; any traveler can find a number of exciting places to visit from beautiful snow-capped volcanoes to delightful wineries, and the famed Maoi sculptures of Easter Island.
Here are our main suggestions, which we advise you to read before going to this South American country:
Visit Chile’s Capital
Chile is one of the most innovative and advanced countries. If you come here, you should plan to visit its fabulous capital Santiago for a few days. This is a highly innovative and attractive city, very cosmopolitan and energetic, with amazing urban landscapes, historical museums and busy nightlife.
Enjoy the beauty of unique architecture and the grandeur of the capital’s big fashion malls located in the central area of the city called “Centro”. Here you can feel the bustling vibes and lively commercial life, witness its varied cosmopolitan population, and understand how expansive this metropolis is.
After a few hours in the “Centro”, take a calm relaxing stroll along the pedestrian pathways of Hillside Park. You can enjoy an afternoon picnic in one of the greenest and most natural areas of Chile’s urban capital.
Enjoy your evening while taking pictures of the innovative buildings and try local foods at sidewalk eateries. For those who want to enjoy the energetic nightlife of Santiago, we suggest visiting one of the many bars and clubs of the famous Barrios Brasil, Lastarria and Bellavista. For those who are amused by calmer high-class evenings, the city can offer you many luxury restaurants and hotels located east in wealthy neighborhoods like Providencia and Las Condes.
Cross the country from the North to the South
The territory of Chile extends from the tropics down to Antarctica, and the climate, traditions, cuisine, and way of life vary depending on location: many issues in the north of the country differ from the ones you can experience in the south. Those differences make Chile even more attractive to tourists from various corners of the world.
Start from the high-tech hub of Santiago, and continue on to discover Patagonia National Park where you can hike along glaciated landscapes. After coming to Puerto Montt, hike a volcano and enjoy biking, fishing, and rafting while having a Lake District adventure. Move on to southern Torres del Paine, Easter Island, and Chiloé Island to learn more about the culture, history and cuisine of the country.
Try some seafood at the local fish markets
Though there are a huge number of restaurants, cafes, and even street shops offering seafood meals, we suggest that you not refuse buying seafood at a fish market. There is no doubt that it would be the tastiest seafood you can possibly try in Chile.
The most popular traditional seafood dishes in Chile are zos (large sea urchins), caldillo de congrio (a soup made of pink cusk-eel, tomatoes, potatoes, herbs and spices), cochayuyo (seaweed), and sopa de mariscos (seafood soup).
Take a ride in a micro or colectivo
“Micros” are the buses that take you from one Chilean city to another. “Colectivos” are a special, very interesting kind of taxi that takes four passengers and drives them along a specific route. It is a very comfortable means of transportation considering that the fare is low and the route is close to main attractions.
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