When someone considers a trip by South America, the countries that usually appear in the top positions are Brazil, Argentina and Peru, with a Colombia which begins to poke its nose through the privileged positions. And I must admit that these four countries are worth a thorough visit.
However, the South American spaghetti - as I usually call Chile by its curious elongated shape - it is a country that has a lot to offer and that, perhaps due to lack of marketing, it goes much more unnoticed than several of its neighbors.
Given its morphology and orography, Chile has a great variety of climates and landscapes, which translates into a good number of different ecosystems with a large amount of their land dominated by Mother Nature.
I have visited the country three times and here I leave my subjective selection of the best places to see in Chile:
Less than 120 km from the capital of the country is one of the most curious cities to see in Chile.
The colorful houses of Valparaíso are clustered on the slopes of the hills that face the waters of the Pacific Ocean. Uploaded to the funiculars that dot these hills, a young Pablo Neruda was inspired to write his beautiful poems.
However, Valparaíso is not only its romantic and historic facade, It also has one of the most important commercial ports in all of South America.
Torres del Paine
If you are a nature lover, you must include the Torres del Paine National Park in the highest places on your list of best places to see in Chile.
There I spent four days performing a part of the famous trekking of the W. Rivers, valleys, lakes (such as Gray, Pehoé and Nordenskjöld), glaciers (Tyndall, Pingo, Gray and Geikie, all belonging to the Southern Patagonian Ice Field) and the omnipresent and beautiful llamas come your way on a beautiful tour that puts in total contact with nature.
Isla Grande de Chiloé
Population of Cucao, on the Grande de Chiloé Island
But nevertheless, if you want to get in touch with an archaic nature plus, know a part of Chile totally anchored in a time of legends and myths, you must visit the Big Island of the Chiloé Archipelago.
To access it, the best way is to take the ferry that leaves from the city of Puerto Montt (Pargua) and leaves you in Chacao.
The Chiloé National Park offers a land covered with primeval forests and endless beaches in which small coves are interspersed that are hardly visited throughout the year. And is that the weather is hard with the chilotes (as the Chiloé natives are known), forging them a unique personality.
Chilotes are reserved, mysterious and lovers of legends. The Caleuche It is the ghost ship that captures people during the night and enslaves them as rowers of the infernal galleon. And there are many more.
Do not miss this place that not everyone visits and that, for me, must be on this list of better things to see in Chile.