When it comes to diversity in topography, Chile takes the crown. Due to its very slim dimensions, you may be quite surprised to learn that this South American country is home to some of the most significant geographical resources, such as mountains, deserts, glaciers, and architecture. Also, the country provides very clear views of the sky from the Elqui Valley.
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5 Things to Try on Vacation in Chile
A holiday here will leave you spoilt for choice on things to try. Below, we’ll look at five amazing things to try on a holiday to Chile.
Chile is home to the world’s clearest skies. Its topography and location make it a window to the universe.
Places such as the Elqui Valley, San Pedro de Atacama, and Cajón del Maipo have minimal man-made light, making them ideal spots to enjoy the views of the sky at night. At the Elqui valley, you’ll be able to witness the total solar eclipse if you visit at the beginning of July this year.
With guidance from experts, you will learn about the different constellations and planets, and enjoy viewing the stars.
Exploring the many tracks and valleys while on horseback is one of the most amazing things you can do in Chile. You’ll enjoy the rhythm of the horse’s heartbeat as you trot the undulating terrain of country’s gorges.
If you’re interested in the desert, take a ride through the oases and dunes in the Atacama, view the magical sceneries of San Pedro de Atacama, and stare at the magnificent starry sky.
Don’t forget to visit Lauca National Park, where you’ll enjoy the warm companionship of the Chilean horses as you watch the diverse wildlife. You can also challenge your nerves by taking a horse ride through the craters and volcanoes of Rapa Nui.
For a more natural adventure, inhale the perfume of ripe grapes as you gallop through bright vineyards of Maipo Valley. Enjoy the scenery of the valley with its vineyards and have a taste of its superb wines at Isla de Maipo.
If you enjoy being up close with nature, then you’ll have fun mountain biking in Chile. The country has some splendidly varied landscapes, with trails and peaks that make it ideal for both experienced and novice cyclists.
Challenge yourself by pedalling across in the driest desert in the world with its endless stretches of sand and vast salt flats. Follow the trails in Pan de Azúcar National Park and head towards the ocean waters of the Pacific. You can also keep your adrenaline high by using your mountain bike to cycle through the vertical Andean foothills.
Head south to the Carretera Austral and cascade through the wild terrain of the Patagonia region as you enjoy the cool breeze. Enjoy the magnificent view of the exotic flora and fauna near Puerto Natales, or pedal your bike through the famous Milodon Cave, and explore the significance of this national monument.
Trekking & Hiking
Trekking and hiking are the best ways to enjoy and view Chile’s magnificent landscapes. Start your trekking journey at Lejía Lagoon, at the summit of San Pedro de Atacama. At this point, 4,000 metres above sea level, you’ll get stunning views of the hills and mighty volcanoes overlooking the town.
In central Chile, hike the trails of the La Campana National Park, which is designated as a Biosphere Reserve. As you head towards Santiago, in the Cajón del Maipo valley, trek through the Morado Natural Monument and enjoy beautiful views of its remarkable snow-capped summit.
In the south of Chile, Patagonia has many reserves and national parks that provide trails with varying levels of difficulty. Try trekking the Torres del Paine National Park and you will never forget the beauty of its lakes and glaciers.
Almost half of all telescopes used by astrologers are in Chile. For serious stargazers, a holiday in Chile will enable them to explore the observatories used by the leaders in this field.
Close to San Pedro de Atacama is the largest astronomical project on the planet, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). The facility opens its doors on weekends for visitors to explore the technology used to observe the universe. Additionally, the Cerro Paranal and the Cerro Tololo observatories allow visitors to view the technology used in astrology.