RECREATION & TOURING
Chile is a 4.300 km long and narrow country, located in the western coast of South America between the 18° and 53°S of latitude. According to our national tourism agency, SERNATUR (www.sernatur.cl), Chile may be subdivided in 5 touristic regions, four of which are located in the continent, and has similar weather to other places in the world located in the west coasts of the continents. These 5 regions are:
1. NORTH AREA AND ATACAMA DESERT
Similar to Western Australia, Mexico, Morocco
To reach to this region it is required taking a flight from Santiago to one of the northern cities of Chile (Arica, Iquique, Antofagasta or Calama). Important touristic places include San Pedro de Atacama and the entire Altiplano region of the Andes Mountains.
Geysers El Tatio (www.sanpedrodeatacama.com) & Desierto de Atacama (Chile.travel) - San Pedro de Atacama
2. CENTRAL AREA, SANTIAGO AND VIÑA DEL MAR
Similar to California, South Africa, Western Australia, Spain
The central area is possible to be visited by car or local buses. Valparaiso and Viña del Mar are very close each other and they are located at 100 km from Santiago, and daily tours are easily found. Other touristic activities in the central area include winery and visits to the Andes Mountains. Ski centers are not usually opened in May.
Santiago & Valparaíso (www.visitchile.com)
3. SOUTH AREA: FORESTS, LAKES AND VOLCANOES
Similar to Washington state, British Columbia, France
The lake district is reached by bus (overnight trip), or by airplane from Santiago to some of the important cities of the district (Temuco, Puerto Montt, Puerto Varas). Important touristic places include Villarrica and Llanquihue lakes, Chiloe island, Puerto Varas and the city of Valdivia
Puerto Varas (www.turismochile.com) & Valdivia (Chile.travel)
4. PATAGONIA AND ANTARTICA
Similar to Canada, Alaska, Norway
This area is located in the extreme south of Chile, and it is reached by airplane to Coyhaique or Punta Arenas, and from there it is possible to visit the fjord and channel region (from Coyhaique), or Torres del Paine (Punta Arenas).
Torres del Paine (www.torresdelpaine.com) & Glaciares Patagónicos (www.patagoniatips.cl)
5. EASTER ISLAND (RAPA NUI)
It is reached from a direct daily flight from Santiago.
Rapa Nui (www.conociendochile.com) & Moais (www.thisischile.cl)
***Specific places that can be visited in each one of these touristic regions are listed in the webpage Chile Travel (https://chile.travel) Further information can also be found in This is Chile (www.thisischile.cl)***