Chile is going to be the last leg in our tour of South America, but by no means are we looking forward to it any less than the other countries along the way. Quite the opposite! Chile has some amazing attractions so read on to find out the ones we are most looking forward to.
Yes, and obvious choice I know, but it would be criminal to visit Chile without visiting its famous capital. If you are lucky enough to get a view of Santiago on a clear day, you will realise that Santiogo has probably one of the most spectacular settings of any city in the world, surrounded by snow capped mountains. Unfortunately, a clear day is a rare occurrence as the skyline is usually blighted by a pollution fueled smog.
The city itself is said to be very quirky, with lively markets, a mish mash of modern and colonial buildings, and colourful street life. The restaurant and nightlife scene a supposed to be pretty good too!
I didn’t realise it was possible for a Country to have so many jaw dropping National Parks! I don’t know what the official number is, but all you need to know is that there is a lot, and from what I’ve read and seen, they are awesome!
Each park can present a very different landscape, ranging from the 6000m high volcanoes in the Lauca National Park, to the forest covered valies of the privately owned Pumalín National Park, whichever one you visit (hopefully we will visit as many as possible), you are guaranteed some stunning views and the the photo opportunities that come as an extra.
The Chilean coastline is apparently 2580 miles long! Now I’m not a mathematician, but I’de say that makes the probability of there being something to see along the way pretty high!
Funnily enough I’m right (Yes! My GCSE in statistics paid off), the coastline is scattered with wild and jagged cliffs, tucked away coves and bays, and alluring beaches. The odd island is thrown in for good measure too.
As animals go, penguins are pretty high up the cool scale. If you squint it looks like they are wearing a dinner suit, they waddle around like they own the place, yet they’re actually pretty cute!
Ok so you probably guessed I don’t really know that much about penguins, but what I do know is that the Chilean coast is home to 4 species of the funny little fish birds. That’s a good point actually, what is a Penguin? A fish or a bird? My bets on a bird.
Anyway whatever family Penguins belong to, I’m quite looking forward to meeting those of the Chilean variety. According to my Chilean mate Alvarez, they are the best kind :p
Having not been to Chile yet, we can’t actually recommend these places first hand (this will soon change!) so if any one has had any experience in Chile, we would love to hear from you! If you have been to any of the places, or think we have missed something important out, feel free to let us know in the comments!