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Famous Tourist Attractions in Chile

Updated on March 22, 2012

Famous Chilean Landmarks to Know During Your Vacation in Chile

Chile is a beautiful country with plenty of tourist attractions that can satisfy the most exigent of travelers. There are exotic places like the Isla de Pascua with its mysterious and enormous Moais, which keep on marveling its visitors until today; charming traditional little towns like Castro in Chiloe Island; trekking paradises for hiking enthusiasts like the Torres del Paine National Park in the far south corner of the country; or amazing volcanoes like Volcán Villarrica near the lovely tourist resort of Pucón. In this Hub you will find photos of five of the most important Chilean landmarks that everyone traveling to Chile should visit.

Torres del Paine National Park - Patagonia - Chile

One of the major tourist attractions in Chile: Torres del Paine. Here a sight of the Torres at sunrise in winter.
One of the major tourist attractions in Chile: Torres del Paine. Here a sight of the Torres at sunrise in winter.

Torres del Paine National Park lies in the south part of Chile just 112km north of Puerto Natales. The National park is a popular trekking destination for travelers from all around the world. Hiking around Torres del Paine rewards the tourist with incredible views of large glaciers, vertical granitic peaks, lakes, and impressive falls. Without doubt, Torres del Paine is a true landmark of the Chilean Patagonia.

Isla de Pascua - Chile

Chilean attractions at its best: Easter Island
Chilean attractions at its best: Easter Island

The Easter Island is a Chilean island located in the southern Polynesia, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The island is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Chile thanks to its beautiful scenery and the mystery of its enormous statues. These statues, called Moais, and almost the entire Island are protected within the Rapa Nui national park.

San Pedro de Atacama

Sightseeing San Pedro de Atacama in Northern Chile
Sightseeing San Pedro de Atacama in Northern Chile

San Pedro de Atacama is a town situated in the Antofagasta region in northern Chile. The town is a perfect gateway to explore the incredible landscapes of the region. Places like El Valle de la Luna, El salar de Atacama, the geysers of El Tatio, or the Miscanti lagoon are the most popular excursions of San Pedro.

Volcán Villarica - Lake Sector

A famous landmark in Chile: Villarica Volcano
A famous landmark in Chile: Villarica Volcano

Villarrica National Park lies 30km northeast of the popular tourist center of Pucon in north Patagonia. The principal attraction of the park is the perfect snow covered cone of Villarrica Volcano. Despite its continuing activity, Volcán Villarrica is perhaps the most climbed summit in Chile.

Chiloé Island

Isla de Chiloé
Isla de Chiloé

Chiloé Island is located in southern Chile over the Pacific Ocean and belongs to the Los Lagos Region. The town of Castro the capital of Chiloé shows interesting examples of corrugated iron buildings and wooden architecture typical the Island. The Cathedral is a clear example of this distinctive construction style.


The photos in this hub are courtesy of: Torres del Paine:Sergio R. Nuñez C., Isla de Pascua: Jdelard, San Pedro de Atacama: Beachateau, Volcan Villarrica: melancolie en velours, and Chiloe Island: ezioman.


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      maria jesus and matias 4 years ago

      This web is really good and it help my and Matias in our proyect .Thank you very Much Mj.Mt

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      colton =) 4 years ago

      this is good I'm doing a project on the south a. but I need help ty

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      David Ventura 5 years ago


      Where to go in Chile sometimes depends in how many days you have. San Pedro de Atacama is north of Santiago almost an entire day traveling by bus (one way.) Torres del Paine is located in southern Patagonia almost 2000 miles from Santiago in the opposite direction. So if you don't have many days maybe it is better to visit only one and not the other.

      One of the reasons that I put both of them in this hub is because they are really different. San Pedro is a tiny town in the middle of the desert, you can visit the native ruins nearby or the archeological museum and after that continue traveling to Salta in Argentina or Uyuni in Bolivia. Torres del Paine on the other hand has granite peaks, impressive glaciers, rivers, forest and fauna. A spectacular landscape without doubt.

      The other thing you have to consider when traveling to Chile is that more often than not it is easier to travel Chile and Argentina at the same time. For example, Torres del Paine is near Perito Moreno Glacier and El Chalten in Argentina so a lot of people do them in the same trip.

      Villarrica volcano is located in Araucania a little more than 400 miles south of Santiago. All the region is beautiful with lakes, rivers, snow peaks and forest, but it is less spectacular than Torres del Paine or Perito Moreno Glacier.

      I have never been to Cajon del Maipo, so I can't help you there.

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      Jess 5 years ago

      I like to know which place would you recommend for me to visit other than Torres de Paine. The pic you posted was fantastic. Is Cajon del Maipo worth a visit. The itinerary I was provided did not state San Pedro de Atacama and Villarica Volvano. How far are these two places from Santiago. Appreciate your reply as I am making a trip there in early 2013. Thanks so much.

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      retard 5 years ago

      i lik chile p.s.the food

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      person 5 years ago

      nice info

      school project.

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      lauryn 5 years ago

      i am a student doing a report on chile travels and this helped so much thank you :)

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      HBFHNFTU 6 years ago

      Nice info.

      school project :(

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      set 6 years ago

      Amazing pictures of Chile. I really like the picture of the Torres del Paine. Those colors are awesome.

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      BUZZ 6 years ago

      I been workin on a school project ON CHILE

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      lizzie 7 years ago

      thnx for the great info!!!!!!!

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      LOL 7 years ago

      ZZZ I LIKE IT>>

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      higgles 7 years ago

      yeah me too sounds great

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      dt 7 years ago

      very informational!! thanks a lot!!

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      surf traveler 7 years ago

      I enjoyed your article on Chile. That market in San Pedro de Atacama looks great.

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      David Ventura 7 years ago

      Estranged911, thanks for your comment. The Salar de Uyuni is situated in Bolivia. The Altiplano is a region that ocuppy parts of Bolivia, Peru, north of Argentina and Chile.

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      estranged911 7 years ago from India!

      Does Altiplano and Salar de Uyuni(the famous salt flats) also situated in Chile?

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      mallory 7 years ago

      woa that is so cool

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      theherbivorehippi 8 years ago from Holly, MI

      Great Hub! Chile seems like an amazing place! thanks for sharing. :)

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      kc 8 years ago

      i love chile i been doin a project

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      David Ventura 8 years ago


      Thanks for your comment. I just corrected the caption of the photo to make it more acurate.

      It was a fantastic photo you took of the Torres, mines have all of them a little cloud on the summit!

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      Sergio R. Nuñez C. 8 years ago

      Just a little correction, How I'm the owner of the photo of Torres del Paine, it is a sunrise in Winter (June).

      Waiting for you in Patagonia!

      un abrazo


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      E. A. Wright 8 years ago from New York City

      I'd love to visit Patagonia someday.