Located at the Southern South America, bordering the South Pacific Ocean, between Argentina and Peru, Chile occupies a narrow and long strip of land. The southern parts of the country are rich in forest and grazing grounds, featuring lots of volcanoes and lakes. The southern coast offers twisting peninsulas and islands. Estimated population for the country is 18 million with a population density of 24/km2.
The country has become a popular destination for many tourists since 2005, and there are a whole new range of things to do in Chile that keeps people coming in every year for more. For instance the San Pedro de Atacama in the north is a small town that offers native ruins, and a popular archeological museum. The R. P. Gustavo Le Paige Archaeological Museum showcases a large collection of artifacts and relics belonging to pre-Columbian cultures and has increasingly become well admired by tourists who are curious to know ancient human history. There is almost a never ending list of things to do in Chile due to its natural beauty such as depicted in the Valley of the Moon. This place offers various stones and sand formations carved by the wind, and water over the passage of time presenting an impressive range of vivid colors, and textures taking visitors to a place that can only reside in the vast cosmos of the universe. Other things to do in Chile include visiting the Changara Lake which is the 29th highest lake in the world and the 10th highest in South America. Located near volcanoes Parinacota and Pomerape, it was formed 8,000 years ago, with pencil catfish and pupfish being endemic to the place. One of the most amazing things to do in Chile is to visit the Conguillio National Park in the south during spring and summer time that is from November and March. This place has a wonderful scenic beauty with the Sierra Nevada volcano sitting in the background. Climbing on top of the volcano is well rewarded with panoramic view of the entire place that is breathtaking and exhilarating at the same time. Other places that might interest tourists and mark them as their things to do in Chile are visiting the Laguna San Rafael National Park and Torres del Paine National Park, which also represent the pinnacle of natural beauty. The parks offer encompassing mountains with various glaciers, lakes and rivers such that many would believe them to be the inspirations of how a paradise should be. Another notable mention on the list of things to do in Chile is the sensational Easter Island with its 887 monumental statues widely known as ‘moai’. Such is the glamour and awe of the place that since 1995 UNESCO has named it as a World Heritage Site with much of the island protected by international laws.
Places to visit in Chile
When visiting this wonderful and amazing place, there is no wonder that one can find a lot of things to do in Chile. For ski lovers and fans, there are the internationally reputed resorts such as the Portillo, Termas de Chillán and Valle Nevado throughout the central Andes. Apart from being principle destinations for national and international events, they also offer many tourist attractions such as mountain cable cars, housing for tourists, ski lifts and hotels. Making it on the top of things to do in Chile is the La Serena City with its vivid belfries with distinguishing styles. This town has retained pieces of historical architectures and has nice collection of beaches. If one visits the place in early spring they might be lucky enough to catch the Atacama Desert blooming with flowers which is a rare spectacle considering the desert is supposedly the driest place on earth. Another distinguished city that should be in your things to do in Chile is the coastal beach town by the name of Vina del Mar. This place is a principal tourist attraction offering various beaches, casino, and the iconic Festival de la Cancion. This music festival is held every 3rd week of February every year since 1960. International artist set the atmosphere during the shows on the grounds of La Quinta Vergara which can accommodate several thousands of visitors. Inquique is one of the northern cities and should also be on the list of things to do in Chile. The place is brimming with various high rise resorts and hotels along its picturesque beaches and offers the best duty free perfumes and laptop computers on the planet. For those who seek interest in discovering the legacy behind the famous Robinson Crusoe can actually visit the island named as the Robinson Crusoe Island by the Chilean government. The island was named in 1996 to reflect the marooning of sailor Alexander Selkirk in1705 for 4 years and 4 months inspiring Daniel Defoe to write the novel. A marvelous place in its own right, this island deserves a spot on your list for things to do in Chile. Other tourist attractions include visiting the Valdivia city in southern Chile. This town has a fish market and offers tourist to feed the sea lions and pelicans by the riverside. But most of all things to do in Chile, the one that interest the most are the Colchagua Valley Wineries. Here you can taste wines by small batch producers as an official tour that can cost you around CH$10,000 to CH$20,000, with reservations to be required 48 hours before the start of the tour.