Places in Chile
Pablo Neruda said it best: 'Valparaíso, how absurd you are…you haven't combed your hair, you've never had time to get dressed, life has always surprised you.' But Neruda wasn't the only artist to fall for Valparaíso's unexpected charms. Poets, painters and would-be philosophers have long been drawn to Chile's – no, Latin America's – most unusual city.
A sprawling metropolis on the edge of the Strait of Magellan, Punta Arenas defies easy definition. It's a strange combination of the ruddy and the grand, witnessed in the elaborate wool-boom mansions and port renovations contrasted with windblown streams of litter and urban sprawl.
Easter Island (Rapa Nui)
Easter Island (Rapa Nui to its native Polynesian inhabitants) is like nowhere else on earth. Historically intriguing, culturally compelling and scenically magical, this tiny speck of land looks like it's fallen off another planet. In this blissfully isolated, unpolished gem it's hard to feel connected even to Chile, over 3700km to the east, let alone the wider world.
Tours and activities
Tips and articles
The Pan-American Highway: join us on the ultimate road trip
Ask your friends what their idea of a cool road trip is and you’ll get some great suggestions. South of France in summer in a convertible. Safari in Africa in a jeep. Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles...
Top walks around El Chaltén
Trekking in Patagonia is a highlight for many travelers to South America, and it’s never been easier than from Argentina’s 'trekking capital', the village-cum-fledgling-city of El Chaltén...
Party like it's 1599: Indigenous festivals of the Atacama region
In the past few years, contemporary attractions and current events – from cutting-edge ALMA telescopes to the 33 miners trapped underground for 69 days and dramatically rescued as a billion viewers from around the wor...
Starry-eyed in Chile’s Atacama Desert
If you are fascinated by the thought of faraway galaxies, make sure you visit the driest desert in the world – Chile’s Atacama Desert...