Things to do in Chile
Chile is a huge country and extends across plenty of cultural and geographical areas. The best plan for visiting, if you have a short amount of time, is to pick two areas you'd like to see and enjoy them in-depth. Our guide suggests the best things to do in Chile to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences.
Some of the best things to do in Chile include the great outdoors, no matter the season. In winter, hike through the ice fields and glaciers, go skiing in the Andes or bathe in the hot springs. See the mineral-streaked volcanoes of Parque Nacional Nevado de Tres Cruces and the turquoise waters of Laguna Verde. During warmer months, you can take a Jeep ride in the Atacama Desert, go sea kayaking and whitewater rafting, or even take a hot air balloon and drop in on a winery.
For city life experiences, Santiago’s monuments, museums, and restaurants are worth the trip. Visit Valparaíso with its meandering alleyways decorated by local street artists. The beach resort of Viña del Mar makes a relaxing spot to vacation in Chile. Check out the UFO Route, a mountainous strip within the southern Maule region where more than 100 UFO sightings have been reported since 1993.
Travel across the Magellan Strait to Tierra del Fuego and visit the unique flora and fauna in Easter Island and Isla Robinson Crusoe.
Viña Montes's feng shui–enhanced La Finca de Apalta Estate is home to the voluptuous Montes Alpha M, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot.
Chile's tourism authority is promoting the UFO Route, a mountainous strip within the southern Maule region where more than 100 UFO sightings have been reported since 1993.
Ona is a gold mine for one-of-a-kind Chilean keepsakes such as ox-horn necklaces, alpaca scarves, and cacique ponchos.
Tiny tables, flattering lighting, potent pisco sours (lime juice mixed with grape brandy and foamy egg white), and a friendly, multilingual Dutch owner make for one of the most social pubs in town.
Javiera Munizaga's shoes (zebra-patterned flats, alligator stilettos) are favorites of the well-heeled.
The Aymara, Mapuche, and Ona tribal cultures serve as inspiration for the modern clothing and jewelry at Tampu.
With separate areas for different styles of music and dance, this fantastically cavernous warehouse of a club (it has room for 1,000 people) dominates a disco-filled block of oceanfront Avenida Errazuriz.
Viña Viu Manent offers hot-air balloon rides and recently opened a chic Andean handicrafts boutique.
Latin America's first fashion museum. The state-of-the-art facility, bankrolled by textile scion Jorge Yarur Bascuñán, features an 8,000-piece collection spanning four centuries.
A collective of cutting-edge jewelers can be found across the foyer at Ají.
After 111 years, porteños of all ages still seek refuge here come nightfall. It's familiar, friendly, and lively, with a long, low bar, a few primitive refrigerators, and creaky crooked floorboards.