The Best Cities In Chile For The First Time Visitor

Stretching along the South America’s western edge, this long & narrow country boasts plenty of wonderful cities in Chile and its thousands of kilometers of Pacific Ocean coastline. Chile’s unusual ribbon like shape has given it a varied climate, ranging from the world’s driest desert in the north, through a Mediterranean climate in the centre, to a rainy temperate climate in the south.

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Rapa Nui, better known as Easter Island, has a tropical climate all year round.

Here is a list of the cities in Chile you can consider during your next Latin American sojourn.

Santiago

Besides its museums, events, theaters, restaurants, bars and other entertainment and cultural opportunities, Santiago is the political and cultural centre of the country. Being centrally located, it is a convenient base point to further explore the country.

Further, its proximity to both the mountains and the Pacific Ocean makes it possible to ski in the nearby Andes and later take a sun bath on the beach, all in the same day. Santiago receives its share of beauty by the Andes and Chilean Coast Range mountains surrounding the town. Lined by the sky high palms, Plaza de Armas showcases the neoclassical cathedral and the National History Museum.

A botanical garden and zoo are some of the activities offered within the massive Parque Metropolitano.

Puente Alto

Puente Alto is one of the best cities in Chile for tourists and capital of the Cordillera Province in Santiago is the second largest city in Chile. Once considered alike other villages outside Santiago, today the city is fast touching the hearts and soul of travelers. The best time spent in the city is living like a local and enjoying the pleasant and picturesque scenery.

Maipu

It is the place where Chile’s independence was consolidated after the Battle of Maipu. Located just outside Mendoza near the Andes Mountains, it is known wineries (bodegas) and olive farms dotting the area. In an opulent art villa set in landscaped grounds is the town’s National Museum of Wine and Harvest.

Maipu offers a range of adventure activities like skiing, paragliding, hiking up the Cerro Arco, and is home to Latin America’s highest mountain, Aconcagua.

La Florida

A suburban commune of Chile offers great sight of wide open green meadows. At Panul Parque Publico Comunitario one can take a stroll or feel the adrenaline rush as you go biking down the hill. A day is well spent at the National Park of Reserva Provincial Florofaunistica San Luis.

With only a few activities to indulge in when visiting La Florida, tourists & traveler are to come here are and rejuvenate themselves in the calm and pleasant environment.

Vina Del Mar

Vina del Mar is a coastal resort town northwest of Santiago, Chile. It’s known for its gardens, beaches and high-rise buildings.

Quinta Vergara Park is home to the Quinta Vergara Amphitheater, the early-20th-century Vergara Palace and the Artequin Museum, which displays copies of major artworks. The Museum of Archaeology and History Francisco Fonck features stone moai sculptures from Easter Island and shrunken heads.

Antofagasta

The one-way streets, modern mall culture and work-wearied urbanites jumble all over the city of Antofagasta.

Witnessing the travelers leapfrog, this sprawling port city tends not to poke the passer-by. The offshore arch centered on the sprawling protected zone at Monumento Natural La Portada is the most spectacular sight in the region. Apart from this the city imbibes a historical museum, British Community from the 19th century and the blubbery male sea lions.

The diversity in the climate of Chile attracts a large gamut of tourist round the year from across the globe. No matter how frequent you visit this place, Chile will call you back to its sea, sand & snow and chill with a glass of fine wine from Chile.

Mohit Agarwal

Mohit Agarwal is a civil engineer by profession & started travel blogging to share his experiences while traveling to new places without any planned itinerary, as it adds up to more adventure & exploring more about the city. He also loves photography to capture natural views with no or minimal filters.

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