If you are looking for a special, extremely varied round trip, here it is: from deserts to the glaciers, Chile truly offers every imaginable option.
Ideally, you should consider three weeks for this voyage. Chile is often regarded as one of the South American countries resembling Europe the most. Also, it is the narrowest country in the world, as it is 4,300 kilometers long but only 180 kilometers wide.
Here Are Some Landmarks for This Trip:
- The Atacama Desert
- The city of Valparaíso, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- The legendary Carretera Austral (Southern Highway)
- Torres del Paine National Park
Animal lovers have the chance of seeing penguin colonies. If you like shopping you can do it in the capital city: Santiago. With a population of around 8 million people, Santiago has a lot to offer!
Culture is also important. You can visit museums, such as the Museum of Memory and Human Rights. Santiago also has an exciting nightlife and the gastronomic offer is very vast. When the night falls you can see an impressively clear, starred night sky.
Make a Stop at Patagonia
True nature-lovers must not miss Patagonia in their tour around Chile. This area is known for its natural landscapes and especially for its numerous national parks. Osorno Volcano and the Milodón Cave are true attractions.
In the center of Chile, there are still native peoples, such as the Mapuche, who still keep their ancient traditions and their original cuisine. Trying it is an unforgettable flavor experience!
Another destination in your tour through Chile should be Easter Island. Anyone having an inclination towards mysticism will find themselves in the right place there. You will be able to have a close look at the Moais, majestic stone sculptures, and take many photos.
What Is the Best Way to Get to This Adventure Destination?
The main airline to get to Chile is LATAM, although there are several options to get to the international airport located in the capital, Santiago.
At a local level, there is a well-developed network of buses to move around the country. For example, from the city of Calama, up north, a two-hour bus ride will get you to the oasis of San Pedro de Atacama or to the city of Antofagasta.
If you want to get directly to the south of Chile you should look for flights to the following airports:
- Puerto Montt (PMC)
- Punta Arenas (PUQ)
Backpacking Round Trip through Chile
Chile is also a good option for backpackers. There are many blogs online offering useful pieces of advice on the best ways to make a backpacking round trip through Chile.
Regarding safety, Chile is quite safe during the day, being one of the most developed countries in South America. In some regions, you should be cautious when going out from your hotel or place of accommodation at night.
How About the Budget?
If you do not mind spending the night in a dorm, you can do so from as little as 10 dollars per night. Individual rooms are about 35 dollars per night, and upper mid-level hotels cost between 20 and 40 dollars a night.
Additionally, food in Chile is quite cheap. You can get around your day comfortably spending between 4 and 15 dollars to enjoy the Chilean gastronomy.