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Things to do in Chile

A narrow band caught between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, Chile's wild and varied lands burst with things to see and do. Climb the snow-capped Villarrica and peer into the crater of this active volcano. Stargaze in the Elqui Valley - one of the best places in the country to admire the unpolluted night sky, or hike to the base of Torres del Paine where soaring granite towers are whipped by Patagonia's infamous wind.

Other things to do in Chile include sampling some of the country's finest wines in the Maipo Valley, and spotting flamingo along the crystallized edges of Cejar Lagoon. Alternatively, a five-hour flight offshore brings you face to face with the mystical moai statues of Easter Island.

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Ideas for experiencing Chile

Experiences you have as you travel often hold the longest memories. As part of their research trips, our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know Chile, and the best local guides. These activities reflect some of their best-loved experiences.

  • Elqui Valley,Chile

    El Pangue Observatory

    Elqui Valley

    El Pangue observatory is located ten miles to the south of Vicuña, in the middle of the Elqui valley, just an hour and a half from La Serena.

  • Climbing the Villarrica Volcano

    Villarrica Volcano Climb

    The Northern Lake District

    Snow capped Villarrica looms majestically over Pucón at 2,840 meters (9318 feet) above sea level. You will be able to look into the crater of an active volcano perhaps a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

  • View of Rano Raraku, Easter Island

    Ahus Vaihu & Akahanga

    Easter Island

    Visit Ahus Vaihu and the unrestored Akahanga on the south coast of the island. Continue on towards Rano Raraku, a quarry where almost all 900 existing statued were carved, 397 still standing or lying on the slopes of the extinct volcano with a crater lake.

  • The famous towers of Torres del Paine National Park

    Base of the Towers Guided Hike

    Torres del Paine National Park

    This is one of the most iconic treks in Patagonia. The Granite towers soar majestically thousands of meters into the air creating the center piece of the whole park.

  • The Torres Massif, with glacier Gray just visible on the left

    French Valley Trek

    Torres del Paine National Park

    Leaving the Paine Grande Mountain Lodge, follow signs for Camping Itialiano. You will reach the campsite after around 1½ hours walking along the base of the Torres Massif, along Lago Pehoe and across small streams and valleys.

  • Valparaiso, Chile

    Valparaiso & Vina del Mar

    Santiago

    Travel out of Santiago towards the coast, past the vineyards and orchards of the Casablanca Valley.

  • A glacier in the Aisen region of Chile

    Visit the Great Glacier

    The Aisen Region

    From Villa O’Higgins board a small motor vessel with capacity for 60 passengers to navigate across the Glacier Lake.

  • Volcano Licancabur from San Pedro de Atacama

    Laguna Cejar & Salar de Atacama

    San Pedro de Atacama

    The day begins by heading south from San Pedro de Atacama to Cejar Lagoon (the floating lagoon). This small lagoon has impressive white edges of crystallized salt and is intensely turquoise in color, providing a home for flamingos and tagua birds.

  • A view from Mirador Selkirk

    Selkirk's Lookout Hike

    Follow in the steps of Alexander Selkirk, the famous Scottish sailor who was stranded here alone, for four years and four months in the early 1700s.

  • The Barrel Room at a Chilean Winery

    Maipo Valley Wineries Excursion

    Santiago

    The Maipo Valley lies to the south of Santiago with the nearest wineries just an hour away from the capital. A guide and driver will take you to some of the best in the area where you are able to taste their products and learn about their techniques.

  • Elqui Domos, Elqui Valley

    Private stargazing at Elqui Domos

    Elqui Valley

    With the absence of light pollution and favorable climate, The Elqui Valley provides fantastic opportunities to view the night time sky.

  • Clos Apalta, Colchagua Valley

    Casa Lapostolle tour

    Colchagua Valley

    Casa Lapostolle is living proof of the fact that experienced winemakers are certain of Chile's ability to produce world class products.

  • Glacier Grey, Torres del Paine National Park

    Glacier Grey Sailing Excursion

    Torres del Paine National Park

    Guests are transferred from their hotel to Lago Grey where you will enjoy a boat excursion to the stunning Glacier Grey.

  • The Marble Caves, Chile

    Visit the Marble caves

    The Aisen Region

    Located on Lago General Carrera these amazingly vibrant blue and gray, partially submerged, cave chambers have been formed by over 6000 years of erosion.

  • Moai, Easter Island

    Ahus Akivi

    Easter Island

    This half day excursion takes you to visit a site with 3 Tahai ceremonial platforms, all of which were restored in 1974.

  • Sunrise, San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

    Astronomical Tour

    San Pedro de Atacama

    Join a shared excursion to observe the vast night skies of the Atacama Desert. The altitude of the town as well as the remote location makes this one of the best spots for astronomy, for both amateurs and experts alike.

  • MV Stella Australis

    Cruceros Australis Cruise

    Punta Arenas

    The Ventus Australis and her sister ship Stella Australis were built specifically for cruising the waters at the very tip of the South American continent.

  • Elqui Valley, Chile

    Explore the Elqui Valley

    A stay in the Elqui Valley provides you with a great opportunity to explore Chilean Pisco culture. Pisco is the strong South American 'brandy' distilled from fermented white muscat grapes, grown throughout the Elqui Valley and in Peru.

  • Rano Kau volcano, Easter Island

    Orongo and Rano Kau

    Easter Island

    This half day excursion will take you to visit the extinct volcano, Rano Kau.