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Chile

Chile is a long, narrow country stretching along the western edge of South America, with the Pacific Ocean to its west and the Andes mountains to its east, providing a stunning variety of landscapes from deserts to fjords. It is known for its rich cultural heritage, strongly influenced by both indigenous traditions and Spanish colonial history, expressed vividly in its literature, music, and art.

Economically, Chile is one of the most stable and prosperous nations in South America, significantly bolstered by its major industries such as mining (especially copper), agriculture, and fishing.

Places to visit

Day plans

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day 1

Tour of Santiago

morning:Start your day with a visit to the historic La Moneda Palace, before exploring the bustling markets of Mercado Central. Make sure to try the fresh seafood at one of the local restaurants.

afternoon:Take a leisurely stroll through the vibrant Bellavista neighborhood, known for its colorful houses and street art. Visit Pablo Neruda's former home, La Chascona, and enjoy a delicious lunch at a nearby cafe.

evening:Experience the lively atmosphere of Patio Bellavista, where you can find a variety of dining options and vibrant nightlife. Don't miss trying the traditional Pisco Sour cocktail.

day 2

Wine Tasting in the Maipo Valley

morning:Embark on a scenic drive to the renowned Maipo Valley, home to some of Chile's best wineries. Start your day with a tour and tasting at the historic Concha y Toro winery, where you can learn about the art of winemaking.

afternoon:Indulge in a leisurely lunch among the vineyards at a local winery, where you can savor delicious Chilean cuisine and sample exceptional wines. Take a relaxing stroll through the picturesque estate and enjoy the stunning views.

evening:Dine at a gourmet restaurant in the Maipo Valley, where you can savor exquisite dishes paired with exceptional local wines.

day 3

Exploring the Atacama Desert

morning:Embark on a sunrise adventure to witness the spectacular landscapes of the Atacama Desert. Visit the otherworldly Moon Valley and be awe-inspired by the surreal rock formations and salt caves.

afternoon:Experience the renowned Tatio Geysers, where you can marvel at the powerful geothermal displays and take a relaxing dip in the natural hot springs. Enjoy a picnic lunch surrounded by the breathtaking desert scenery.

evening:Dine at a local restaurant in San Pedro de Atacama, where you can savor authentic Andean cuisine and soak in the vibrant atmosphere of the town.

day 4

Adventure in Torres del Paine National Park

morning:Embark on an exhilarating hike to witness the majestic beauty of the Torres del Paine mountains. Immerse yourself in the pristine wilderness and capture stunning photos of the iconic peaks and glacial lakes.

afternoon:Enjoy a leisurely lunch at a cozy mountain lodge, where you can savor hearty Patagonian cuisine and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes.

evening:Relax by the crackling fire and indulge in a gourmet dinner at the lodge, where you can sample local specialties and unwind in a cozy atmosphere.

Chile Famous Food

Must-Try local dishes

Empanadas

These delicious turnovers are typically filled with beef, cheese, or seafood. Look for them at local bakeries or street food stalls.

Must-Try!

Cazuela

A comforting stew made with chicken, beef, or pork, and loaded with potatoes, corn, and pumpkin. Visit traditional Chilean restaurants for an authentic taste.

Chorrillana

A must-try dish for meat lovers, chorrillana features a hearty mix of beef, onions, eggs, and French fries. Many pubs and local eateries serve this hearty fare.

Pastel de Choclo

This popular savory pie is filled with seasoned ground beef, chicken, onions, olives, and topped with a sweet corn crust. Look for it in traditional restaurants.

Food Markets & Street Food

A food market and street food guide

Mercado Central

This iconic market in Santiago is a seafood lover's paradise. Sample fresh ceviche, Chilean sea bass, and other delights from the sea.

La Vega Central

Explore this bustling market for a wide array of fresh produce, local cheeses, and traditional snacks like sopaipillas (fried dough) and mote con huesillo (a sweet drink with wheat and dried peaches).

Street Food Stalls in Valparaiso

Wander through the colorful streets of Valparaiso to encounter an array of street food stalls offering a variety of local favorites, such as completo (Chilean hot dog) and sopaipillas.

Dietary Restrictions

Navigating dietary restrictions locally

Vegetarian and Vegan Options

In major cities like Santiago and Valparaiso, you'll find an increasing number of restaurants offering diverse vegetarian and vegan dishes, from hearty salads to creative plant-based entrees.

Vegetarian, Vegan

Gluten-Free Dining

Many restaurants in Chile are accommodating to gluten-free diets, and you can easily find gluten-free options such as corn-based empanadas and cassava-based dishes. It's always advisable to communicate your dietary needs with restaurant staff.

Gluten-Free

Restaurants & Cafés

Best places to eat and drink in Chile

Borago, Santiago

Renowned for its innovative use of native ingredients, this restaurant offers a unique fine dining experience showcasing Chile's biodiversity.

Aqui Esta Coco, Vina del Mar

A seafood lover's haven, this restaurant is famed for its fresh and flavorful Chilean coastal cuisine, from seafood stews to grilled fish dishes.

Cafe Turri, Valparaiso

A charming cafe with a relaxed atmosphere, serving up delicious coffee, baked goods, and sandwiches. Vegetarian and vegan options are available.

Things to do in Chile

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