Seasoned travellers have heard the phrase ‘UNESCO World Heritage Site’ countless times. They know that it usually applies to the most breath-taking areas of natural beauty and the most impressive places of historical interest. But what does this coveted title really mean? And what is there to see in Chile that proudly claims to be in this elite group of the very best tourist spots of the world?
This long and narrow country which snakes down the side of Argentina in South America unifies contrasting climates and terrains, which feel like they should be worlds apart. The snow-capped peaks of the Andes are only a few hours from the Pacific coastline, and the dry desert of Atacama in the north of Chile contrasts massively from the frozen Patagonian fjords in the south.
Its complex topography and impressive length (2,670 miles from top to bottom), make Chile the most incredible place to visit, as it offers an incredible array of different places to explore and adventures to cross off the bucket-list.
Here is a list of the unmissable experiences and most spectacular places to visit in Chile.
Arriving in any country for the first time can come with a little bit of culture shock. It always helps to quickly read up on the customs, cultures and etiquette of the country rather than accidentally finding yourself in a little bit of a pickle. Here is a guide of everything you need to know before you arrive in Chile, to avoid any unnecessary misconceptions or misunderstandings.
Barrio Brasil is nested tightly in the center of Santiago. Once home to the rich and elite, then long forgotten, has since been re-discovered and given a fresh coat of paint. Santiago’s comeback kid has a strong cultural and artistic scene. Watching the neighborhood rebuild itself is part of Barrio Brasil’s charm and choosing your Airbnb stay here makes you a part of that. If you’re a fan of architecture, Barrio Brasil will have you acting like a kid in a candy shop. This neighborhood is part Spanish-style, part Haussmann-style, with the famous Basilica del Salvador a neo-gothic castle built in 1781, aside the suspected traditional Chilean housing. Phew! That’s a lot to see!
Quinta Normal Park is located in Barrio Yungay, Santiago. This nearly 40 hectares´ park is a beautiful place where you will be able to explore a rich variety of flora and culture.
In Quinta Normal, you will find a lake where you can sail in small boats. While walking around, you will also find some restaurants, playground, fountains and even areas specially established for watergames. Moreover, there is a train that travels throughout the park allowing you to discover all its secrets.
So, you have just booked your flights to Mexico for what you hope to be an unforgettable holiday, and now you are beginning to think about the necessary preparation beforehand. Well, the good news is that you need not look any further! In this article I have highlighted what I believe to be the 5 main things to prepare and take with you as you explore one of the most interesting and beautiful countries in the world.
Of course, when travelling to a foreign country, one thing that must take priority is that you are medically fit for travel. International health organizations recommend Hepatitis A, Tetanus, and Typhoid for any traveler in Mexico. Diphtheria and Rabies vaccines should also be considered. However, there is no need to worry about getting a Yellow Fever vaccination, as no certificate is required to enter the country. On the other hand, if you are looking to travel to other countries in Central and South America afterwards, this certificate may be required upon entry depending on their respective laws, so its worth checking for your whole trip beforehand.
Barrio Lastarria is one of the most touristic sectors in Santiago. Characterized by beautiful historical architecture, the street of Lastarria and the neighborhood that encompasses it, are surrounded by bars, restaurants, cultural centers, boutiques, and a variety of activities.