When it comes to traveling to South America, Brazil and Colombia seem to be all you ever hear about. Now, while these destinations definitely need to be on every traveler’s wish list, there’s so much more to be explored on the continent.
Chile is a hidden gem that offers something for every type of traveler and is also a gateway to major bucket list check off, Antartica. From mountains and deserts to Winelands and calm ocean waves, Chile is a destination that will surprise you from the moment you arrive.
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Nigerian traveler Ulaku (@fittravelqueen) recently journeyed to the underrated country to explore and discovered so much more than she expected. Check out our guide to see why Chile should move to the top of your 2019 travel list.
Welcome to Chile
Stretching along South America’s western edge from the Andes to the Pacific, Chile is a tri-continental nation (the country has territories in Polynesia and Antarctica) full of unique adventures, diverse landscapes and friendly people who carry on the country’s most treasured traditions. The capital city of Santiago can be visited year-round where travelers can enjoy everything from skiing in the mountains to picturesque Winelands.
Photo Credit: @fittravelqueen
There are tons of great accommodations to be found all around Chile. If you’re starting your journey in the capital, head to the chic and trendy W Hotel Santiago for a central location that boasts great views of the city.
Photo Credit: W. Hotel Santiago
Indigenous Chilean and Spanish influences make up the delicious cuisine of Chile. Spend your time sampling all the rich flavors the country has to offer, but make sure you don’t leave without tasting local favorites like Pastel de Choclo, corn casserole with meat stuffing, and Cazuela, a homemade stew with beef, chicken, corn, rice and potatoes.
Famous Chilean sculptures like La Mano Del Desierto (The Hand of the Desert) by artist Mario Irrazába are a must when you go, however, Santiago street art is just as fascinating and tells a compelling narrative about the lives and beliefs of the Chilean people. Bonus: the vibrant backdrops make for great photo opps!