Things to Do in Chile
The Republic of Chile is a narrow country in the southernmost part of South America
. Right against both the Pacific Ocean and the Andes mountain range, the country offers visitors lots of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and see magnificent open spaces and breathtaking scenery. From the beach
to the mountain to the cities itself, Chile offers something for everybody.
Music and Beach in Vina del Mar
A top seaside resort, Vina del Mar is best known around the world because of the music festival held here every February. Aside from newcomers competing to win the coveted Best Song prize, popular artists from Air Supply to Nelly Furtado also make an appearance at the event. Caleta Abarca Beach is especially popular with tourists because of its excellent location in the middle of the city, while those looking for a more peaceful spot usually head to Playa Mirasol or Playa Negra. There are also casinos, a sea lion reserve and a botanical garden in the city.
Skiing and Culture in Santiago
Chile's capital enjoys an ideal location in the central valley, allowing visitors easy access to ski resorts within a two-hour drive. Farellones and La Parva are especially popular because of their off-piste runs and steep lanes. There are also several parks within the limits of Santiago, including the Parque Forestal, in which the Museum of Arts is located. There are 15 additional museums in the city, including some dedicated to trains, local history, contemporary art and archeology. Pablo Neruda's house is located in Santiago and open to tourists as well. Santiago is also the launching point for those wishing to explore the Andes Mountains, as most tourism firms organize walks and climbing expeditions that leave from the city center.
Food and Arts in Valparaiso
Valparaiso is a seaport town right down the middle of the coast of Chile. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the area is famous because of its charming buildings and old-fashioned, narrow streets. Pablo Neruda had a second house in this city, and fans often make the trip from Santiago just to get a glimpse of how the poet lived in his many residences. The harbor is a main destination within the city, as it offers boat rides, a boardwalk and plenty of opportunities to relax, have a drink or watch the sunset. The city's "ascensores" (a funicular that connects the city floor to the many hillside neighborhoods) are a popular way to move around while enjoying open views of the city itself.
Claire Taylor is a health, wellness and travel writer with credits in publications such as "Woman's Day," "Marie Claire," "Adirondack Life" and "Self." Taylor is also a seasoned independent traveler, as well as a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant.