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Popular Places for Sightseeing in Chile

Updated on August 28, 2011

Chile offers to its visitors endless opportunities for sightseeing. The country is simply an amazing place to go. Traveling across Chile you will find spectacular mountains and volcanoes, beautiful lakes, impressive fjords, dense forest with amazing varieties of flora and fauna, and picturesque buildings and towns. And all this with a good tourist infrastructure to make your Chilean vacation one of the most unforgettable vacations of your life. Surely, in your visit to Chile you will run out of time before you run out of tourist attractions. In this Hub, I list some of the most popular tourist destinations to visit in Chile that nobody traveling to Chile should miss.

Santiago de Chile - Palacio de la Moneda

A famous landmark in chile: the Palacio de la moneda
A famous landmark in chile: the Palacio de la moneda

Like every other South American large city, Santiago suffers of overcrowding, pollution, and traffic jams. However there is a small portion at the heart of the city where a historical flavor remains. The Palacio de la Moneda is one of the historical buildings that make us to think of Santigo as the colonial town that it was years ago.

Puerto Natales: Journey through the Southern Fjords

A fascinating tourist sightseeing in Chile: the fjords with Navimag
A fascinating tourist sightseeing in Chile: the fjords with Navimag

A popular excursion in southern Chile is the navigation through the Fjords between Puerto Natales and Puerto Mont or vice versa. This navigation in the Ferry Evangelistas of Navimag lasts three days and four nights and could be one of the highlights of your Chilean vacation. But to completely appreciate the trip you have to be lucky enough to travel during good weather. So, if the weather is clear, you can appreciate impressive glaciers, mountains ranges dropping directly into the sea, small islands covered with dense forest, and a plethora of animal life. If the weather is bad, expect plenty of mist and seasickness instead.

Volcán Osorno

Sights in Chile: Osorno Volcano
Sights in Chile: Osorno Volcano

The Osorno Volcano is located in the Lakes Region of Chile. It lies in the Vicente Perez Rosales National park in front of the Llanquihue Lake and towering the Todos los Santos Lake. This 2652m high perfect cone is surrounded by splendid natural sceneries, a paradise for outdoor activities like hiking, biking or climbing.

Valparaiso - Chile

Valparaiso: a popular tourist destination.
Valparaiso: a popular tourist destination.

The city of Valparaiso is located in central Chile over the Pacific Ocean coast, 120km to the northwest of the Capital City Santiago. Valparaiso was declared a world heritage site in 2003 thanks to its unique architecture, historical importance and natural beauty. The city most remarkable landmark is its funicular railway that diligently climbs the slopes of the surrounding hills dotted with picturesque houses.

Punta Arenas - Otway Sound

Punta Arenas is the southernmost city in the Chilean Patagonia. It lies in the Strait of Magellan and has a population of over 140000 habitants. 65km away from Punta Arenas is found the Otway Sound, an excellent place to watch wild colonies of Magellanic Penguins in their habitat. These likable penguins gather every year between November and March to nest in this Sound.

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The photos in this hub are courtesy of: Palacio de la moneda: César Rincón, Navimag: reurinkjan, Volcán Osorno: Sarah and Iain, Valparaiso: kyle simourd.

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