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Chile Things to Do

  • Cerro San Cristobal

    Santiago Things to Do

    If you are visiting Santiago in Chile one of the highlights has to be the Cerro San Cristobal. The hill of Cerro San Cristobal can be reached by foot, by car via the road or by riding the funicular. Once you arrive there is a final walk to the summit where you will find the with 22 meter statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary, an amphitheater and...

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  • El Tatio geysers

    San Pedro de Atacama Things to Do

    After visiting the geysers there is nothing better to do than a re-invogorating soak in the thermal pools which are delightfully warm. So don't forget your bathing suit and a towel. Also be prepared for the fact that it will be cold and the frigid wind will be lashing at you so the stripping down part and getting out of the water part are not happy...

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  • Plaza de Armas

    Santiago Things to Do

    The Plaza De Armas is more than a plaza, it is the heart and soul of Santiago. The size alone of the square is impressive compared to other plazas in South America. Within the space of the plaza there are a series of sculptures, fountains, and pretty trees with purple flowers. Then there are the massive buildings flanking each side of the...

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  • Moon Valley

    San Pedro de Atacama Things to Do

    An interesting area with stones and sand formations that per millenia the floods and the winds have given it a series of colors and texture to the desert, it presents an extraordinary attractive by its similarity with the moon surface and the natural coliseo of great dimensions. From a great dune is possible to appreciate the wonderful and...

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  • Cerro Santa Lucia

    Santiago Things to Do

    The expedition to the Kingdom of Chile led by Pedro de Valdivia came to the Central Valley in December 1540. After exploring the vicinity of Mapocho river, on December 13th, 1540, the expedition settled at the foothills of a small mountain. Here the Spanish conquistador built a stronghold and a watch point to control the surroundings. The hill -...

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  • Death Valley

    San Pedro de Atacama Things to Do

    I enjoyed this place so much I visited there 3 times: once for hiking, once on horseback and once for sandboarding. Most agencies will organize a hike of this place along with the tour for Valle de La Luna. Walking barefoot in this totally alien landscape on top of and down a sand-dune and admiring the spectacular volcanos in the background is an...

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  • La Moneda

    Santiago Things to Do

    La Moneda, is the seat of the President of the Republic of Chile and houses the offices of three cabinet ministers. It was originally built as the colonial mint with construction starting in 1784. The mint was opened in 1805 and coins were produced here until 1929. It became the seat of government and presidential residence in 1845. The Plaza de...

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  • Atacama salt flat

    San Pedro de Atacama Things to Do

    San Pedro de Atacama is a small town with a rich local culture that, despite its tourist attractions (it’s filled with 5-star hotels), has been able to maintain the rustic style and Atacameño essence that make it a ‘must’ in Chile and South America. Small and simple as it may seem, San Pedro has a strategic location and a number of archaeological...

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  • Cajon del Maipo

    Santiago Things to Do

    My friend and I booked the "wine tour" package at Cascada de las Animas, an eco-tourism resort in the Cajón del Maipo. The wine tour includes transportation to / from Santiago, a tour of the Concha y Toro winery, lunch at Cascada de las Animas' restaurant, a hike up to the waterfalls, and zip-line across the Maipo River. We decided to stay 1 night...

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  • Quitor

    San Pedro de Atacama Things to Do

    Pukará de Quitor (Fort of Quitor) is located 3 Kms. from San Pedro, over the hill of Quitor. This Pukará was build by the atacameño people to defend themself from other towns that inhabited Southamerica.

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  • Metropolitan Cathedral

    Santiago Things to Do

    The site for the cathedral of Santiago was nominated as far back as 1541. Construction of the current church was started in 1748 and it was consecrated in 1775. The facades were added in 1780 and by 1800 the towers were constructed. Over the years the cathredral was augmented and substantial remodelling was completed in 2005. The Metropolitan...

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  • P. Le Paige museum

    San Pedro de Atacama Things to Do

    The famous “mummies” (actually they are very well preserved bodies) were removed from the Museum´s exhibition in May 2007, due to a demand from the Lickanantay (local natives) community. This demand is related to the New Treaty of Historical Truth which was established by the Chilean Government and Native Chileans representatives. But even without...

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  • Mercado Central

    Santiago Things to Do

    Santiago's Mercado Central was opened on September 15th, 1872, by President Federico Errázuriz Zañartu, to house the Palace of Arts. Its construction took ten years, as the metalwork was made in England and then shipped over to Chile. In 1984 it was declared a National Monument. After an inaugural exhibition was held, it soon began to function as...

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  • Caves

    San Pedro de Atacama Things to Do

    When we took a tour which combined the Death Valley, Moon Valley and Quebrada de Kari I didn´t really know what this part of the tour would be like. It is a relatively recent addition to some of the available tours and involves a bit of a trek which was what attracted us to going on it. For me, this part of the tour was a highlight of my trip to...

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  • Barrio Bellavista

    Santiago Things to Do

    Crossing the Pio Nona across the Rio Mapocho, you reach the Barrio Bellavista, Santiago's Bohemian Neighbourhood and at the foot of Cerro San Cristobal. Barrio Bellavista has some of the best bars and restaurants in the city. As well as the bars and restaurants, there is La Chascona, one of Pablo Neruida's homes (See separate tip for La Chascona).

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  • Las Chascona - Pablo Neruda's House

    Santiago Things to Do

    La Chascona is one of Pablo Neruda's residences. You can only explore the house on a guided tour but it's worth paying for. The house has a nautical theme throughout and the name, La Chascona, is named after Maltide, his wide, "the tangle-haired woman". I paid around 3500 CLP (October 2007) for the guided tour.

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  • Iglesia De San Francisco

    Santiago Things to Do

    A little bit further along the big and busy Avenido Libertador Bernardo O'Higgings, you can se the oldest church of the city : The Iglesia San Francisco. This Iglesia San Francisco dated from the beginning of the 17th century. This church inaugurated in 1628 and survived 3 earthquakes. Inside the church you can see the Virgen Del Socorro, brought...

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  • Concha Y Toro Vineyards

    Santiago Things to Do

    There are many vineyards and wineries aound Santiago but if you are short of time a visit to Concha y Toro is probably the best. It is definitely set up for tourists but the tour of the grounds and cellars including tasting I found extremely interesting. The tour ends in the cellars of the famous Casillero del Diablo with the legend of del...

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  • Museo de Bellas Artes

    Santiago Things to Do

    This is a small but very nice art museum focusing on Latin American art. Not worth a special effort but well worth a drop in if within the neighborhood. The building itself is one of the prime attractions of this museum.

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  • Museo Pre Columbian

    Santiago Things to Do

    Excellent but small (as all museums in Santiago were) museum of Native American Art, specializing in the advanced cultures of South and Central America. Part of the attraction here is the colonial building in which the museum is housed.

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  • Basilica de la Merced

    Santiago Things to Do

    The ornate pulpit of Basilica de la Merced really deserves an extra tip for its special architecture and its extra fine works of art. Just click on my photographs in order to enlarge them and enjoy the fine details, it is without doubt the most beautiful pulpet that I saw in South America so far.

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  • Casa Colorada

    Santiago Things to Do

    The Casa Colorada, built in 1769, is one of the most nicely preserved colonial buildings in Santiago. Again, not only has it survived the city's extreme modernization, it also made it through several devasting earthquakes. It was designed by Joseph de la Vega for Mateo de Toro Zambrano y Ureta, Royal Gorvernor of Chile and one of the most important...

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  • Biblioteca National

    Santiago Things to Do

    When you descend from The Santa Lucia Hill (Cerro Santo Lucia), you can not miss the National Library (Bibliotheca nacional); it is located along the Avenido Libertador General Bernardo O'Higgings. Do not be afraid, you just can walk in. This library is one of the biggest in South-America. Inside this Library there are some magnificent rooms. In...

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  • Barrio Paris Londres

    Santiago Things to Do

    Behind the Iglesia San Francisco, you find a very special quarter. It is named the Barrio Paris-Londres. It is nice to make a detour to walk along the cobbled stone streets and watch the architecture of the buildings over here, are we in Santiago or are we in Europe? Most of the villas build here, are now used as hotels.

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  • Nueva York

    Santiago Things to Do

    If the charming cobblestoned streets of Barrio Paris-Londres are reminescent of the Old World, Calle Nueva York definitely has more to do with The Big Apple! Indeed, at the corner of calle La Moneda and Nueva York, you'll find a scene that is somewhat similar to Times Square in New York City. "Wall Street" awaits at the corner of calle La Moneda...

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  • Vin del Mar

    Santiago Things to Do

    COMO LLEGAR En Santiago, la capital chilena, los buses hacia Viña del Mar se abordan en el terminal Alameda, en la avenida que lleva el mismo nombre. Los vehículos salen cada 15 minutos y el costo del pasaje es de 2,500 pesos (3 a 4 dólares). El viaje en autobús dura una hora y media aproximadamente. El camino es espléndido, pudiéndose apreciar...

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  • Estacion Mapocho

    Santiago Things to Do

    The beautiful Estacion Mapocho was built in 1912 to celebrate Chile's 100 years of independence. It was first built to become the city's train station for the Santiago-Valparaiso railway, but as traffic steadily decreased in the 1970s, it was eventually closed and left in a state of disrepair. In the early 1990s, the Chilean governement invested...

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  • Skiing

    Santiago Things to Do

    How to get there: Toma la autopista urbana Costanera Norte, después Av. Kennedy y luego Av. Las Condes hasta el camino a Farellones. Sigue hasta la curva 40 y toma el desvío a Valle Nevado, desde donde te tomará 15 minutos llegar a

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  • Palacio Cousino

    Santiago Things to Do

    Not far from Toesca subway station is Palacio Cousino. It was a palace that featured big in Santiago's high Society in the late 18th Century when it was built for dona Isidora Goyenechea. Goyenechea is the widow of Luis Cousina who made a fortune with coal and silver mining. The neoclassical palace is decorated with furnishings and decorations...

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  • Parque de las Esculturas

    Santiago Things to Do

    Of all the parks that you find in Santiago, the Park the Sculptures was one of prettiest and original. In all its extension you find sculptures, of different sculptor’s tendency very very original. Park design by German Banner .....the one from the photo is the one that but I like most De todos los parques que encuentras en Santiago, el Parque...

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  • Valparaiso

    Santiago Things to Do

    Valparaíso is one of the most important Chilean harbours, and is the see of Chilean Congress. The picture shows some pelicans near the harbour. Valparaíso es uno de los puertos más importantes de Chile, y es la sede del Congreso Chileno. La foto muestra varios pelícanos nadando cerca del puerto.

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  • Puerto Montt

    Santiago Things to Do

    Puerto Montt is a relatively new city in Chilean colonial history. It was founded by German colonists in 1853 and named after Manuel Montt, President of Chile between 1851 and 1861. The city is located at the northern end of Reloncavi Sound and has a role as the gateway to Patagonia to the south and to Bariloche in Argentina via the spectacular...

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  • Plaza Baquedano

    Santiago Things to Do

    Our hotel was located near the big Plaza Baquedano (also named plaza Italia). So we passed here every time. There was also the metro station with the same name here, which was very handy to explore the city. There were also lots of possibilities to explore the city on foot from here : - Via Av Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins (Alameda) in order to...

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  • Bolsa de Comercio

    Santiago Things to Do

    It is incredible walking by the streets of Latin America, and you will find the influence French, Spanish and English in the architecture on the streets, an example is the building of commerce stock-market has a French style Es increíble caminando por las calles de Latinoamérica, y encuentras la influencia francesas, española e inglesa en sus...

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  • Cruise to the Amalia Glacier

    Alaska is not the only place where you can cruise to the terminus of a glacier, Southern Chile has the Amalia glacier. Unless you are a sailor prone to search out remote places, the most likely way to see this glacier is on a cruise around the southern tip of South America. It is well worth it. Weather here can be cold and wet and windy. Ignore it....

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  • Cruise the Chile Fjords (Canal...

    Scandinavia is not the only location where fjords exist, they are also found in Southern Chile. Unless you are adventurous and a sailor, the most likely way to see them is to be on a cruise around the tip of South America. These are remote areas of the world. Ignore the weather and watch and photograph when you are there. I used a zoom that ranged...

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  • Chile's favourite poet Pablo Neruda's La...

    Pablo Neruda apparently lived in many places around the world but built and lived between 3 homes in Chile - Valparaiso, Isla Negra and the old barrio area of Bellevista, Santiago.I took the opportunity to visit his house known as La Chascona in Bellevista, Santiago - and enjoyed the visit greatly. Visits are by guided tour and are available in...

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  • Fly over the Andes into Santiago, Chile

    I flew from London to Santiago, Chile via Sao Paulo, Brazil - the flight from Sao Paulo not only passes over the Amazon river with views of Iguassu in the not too far distance it also flies over the Andes mountains before descending down into the plains of Santiago.My camera battery had broken and my phone which is also great for taking photos was...

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  • Ski in Chile

    There is no doubt about it. Chile is a privileged country that offers unique alternatives for ski lovers. With an over 3000 km long mountain range, there are plenty of opportunities where to ski in Chile, with various alternatives for all levels of skiers. That’s why GoChile gives you the most complete guide with the best destinations for the ski...

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  • Museo del Limari

    The museum contains displays of petroglyphs and a beautiful collection of diaguita ceramics and other artefacts from the Limari region.

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  • Feria de Ovalle

    Five days a week you can find the biggest fruit and vegetable market in South America. La feria de Ovalle. All the produces are really cheap and in great quality. Even if you don’t need any food it is great place to visit just for the experience. There are stalls selling authentic leather goods and products from local artisans such as lapis...

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  • The Enchanted Valley

    Valle del Encanto is home to the Ovalle regions pertoglyphs, ancient religios rock engravings left by the Molle people approximately 4000 years ago. The park contains numerous examples of these, as well as interesting rock formations, places of Molle dwelling and indigenous flora. The valley itself is an attractive example of the areas typical...

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  • Sendero de Chile mas Monumento Natural...

    Transport: very easy. One block away from Jaimes Crazy House are collectives (CH 2.000) to Pichasca. Ask the driver to drop you at the sendero de Chile trailhead. The trailhead is very well marked and is just before the bridge crossing Rio Hurtado in Samo Alto. Return is equally easy and described below.Trail: There are two, independent sections to...

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  • visit parque nacional fray jorge

    Transport : WARNING: Without a car, this is extremely difficult to access and requires extraordinary patience and lots of luck. Here is how I did it, in 3 segments.Segment 1: ovalle to quebrada Seca, very easy. Micros to Quebrada Seca (CH800)depart one block away from Jaimes Crazy House. An 08:15 micro arrives around 09:15 in Quebrada Seca. Walk to...

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  • THROUGH THE ATACAMA DESERT

    Drive through the Atacama desert, some places the road is straight for many kms as it heads north. The desert is considered to be the driest place on earth where basically it never rains. It also gets very cold here at night so take a sleeping bag if you are camping.

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