Some people travel to see the art of the country they’re visiting. To understand what people in that country think is beautiful or striking enough to put on exhibit. In Chile, most guides will suggest that you visit the Museo de la Memoria (museum to the dictatorship), the Museo de Arte Precolombino (Precolumbian Art Museum), and even maybe the Museo de La Moda (the fashion museum). But Chile has a number of more unexpected museums worth checking out. Below are three of our favorites.
Chile is stunning all year round, from the desert north to the central coast (including Valparaíso) to the lake-filled south. In between, beaches, volcanoes, glaciers, islands and wooded waterfalls round out the experience for nature-lovers, hikers, cyclists, skiers, and of course, photographers. Below are photos of some of Chile’s most eye-catching places from north to south.
Chile, like the surrounding countries in South America, is not exactly known for its vegetarian cuisine. Meat is big, and seafood is considered a treat. Both show up quite a lot on most menus. But there’s no reason to eat a cheese sandwich everywhere you go, and there are actually a few Chilean foods that [...]
Many people describe the Chilean Lakes Region, in the near-south as being Switzerland-like. And it does have soft green hills and several sparkling lakes. But the iconic Osorno Volcano, visible from the town and tourist hub of Puerto Varas is a perfect volcanic cone that reminds some of Mount Fuji, in Japan. The expansive lakes region was settled by Germans, and still retains certain architecture and culinary offerings. The area is cooler and wetter than central Chile, and has waterfalls, and hikes through the Valdivian rainforest and continually changing skies that reflect off the lakes when the wind is still. To really take advantage of all this area has to offer, you’ll need a least a week. The sample itinerary below uses Puerto Varas and Castro, the main town on the island of Chiloé as its major hubs.
You might think that for New Year’s Eve, the place to be in Chile would be Santiago. While there are (not insubstantial) fireworks (fuegos artificiales ) in Santiago, the biggest party of the year takes place out on the coast, in Valparaíso, Chile, just seventy miles away.
Even if you’re just starting to learn about Chile, one thing is for sure. You know about Chilean wine. You know that Chile is famous for its reds, specifically Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. You also know it for being where the once thought to be extinct Carmenere grape was rediscovered which has made this another [...]