The narrowest country in South America has just as much to offer as its neighbour, Argentina. Its inhabitants are more reserved than the talkative Argentinians, but the Chileans are faithful friends and love a good party (just try their Pisco Sour). Add to that the general feeling of safety, and you'll be swiftly won over.
From North to South, there's so much to see in Chile. To help you, the travellers in the Evaneos community offer you their thoughts on sites throughout the country. All you have to do is make your plans dependent on the season – it can get cold in Chile – and on the type of holiday you'd like!
The capital, Santiago, is a modern and dynamic university city, but our travellers generally prefer Valparaiso, its houses so brightly coloured that you'd think they'd been photoshopped! In the North of Chile, you'll find scenery that closely resembles the famous Bolivian salt desert: the Atacama desert has lagoons, colours of flaming pink and grotesquely shaped rock formations.
Right in the South, the W trek in the Torres de Paine national park is one of the most remarkable in the world. In just 5 days, you'll see a glacier, a French valley and mountain peaks coloured red by the sunrise.
In the centre of the country, the region of Puerto Montt, inhabited by the descendants of Europeans, allows for a stop-off in the middle of nature, at the foot of the Osorno volcano, after a visit to the Chiloé islands. On the side of Chilean Patagonia, there's nothing better than a cruise down narrow canals in search of glaciers. Travellers with some money to spare can also take a tour around Easter Island.
As you've no doubt grasped, Chile is an exceptional destination for anyone who loves incredible scenery.