Top ChoiceSteak in Puerto Montt

Cotelé

This quincho (barbecue hut) steakhouse has a long-standing reputation for its meticulous grillmen, who honor the meat with Picasso-level focus. Grill maestro Julio Elgueta, who has been manning the open hearth...

Top ChoiceNational Park in Northern Patagonia

Parque Nacional Patagonia

Parque Nacional Patagonia

Dubbed as the Serengeti of the Southern Cone, the 690-sq-km Parque Nacional Patagonia features Patagonian steppe, forests, mountains, lakes and lagoons. Located 18km north of Cochrane, this new national park was...

Top ChoiceArea in Southwest Circuit

Orongo Ceremonial Village

Orongo Ceremonial Village

Nearly covered in a bog of floating totora reeds, the crater lake of Rano Kau resembles a giant witch's cauldron and is a wild greenhouse of endemic biodiversity. Perched 300m above, on the edge of the crater...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Isla Negra

Casa de Isla Negra

The spectacular setting on a windswept ocean headland makes it easy to understand why Isla Negra was Pablo Neruda’s favorite house. Built by the poet when he became rich in the 1950s, it was stormed by soldiers...

Top ChoiceArchaeological Site in Northeast Circuit

Rano Raraku

Rano Raraku

Known as 'the nursery,' the volcano of Rano Raraku, about 18km from Hanga Roa, is the quarry for the hard tuff from which the moai were cut. You'll feel as though you're stepping back into early Polynesian times,...

Top ChoiceArchaeological Site in Northeast Circuit

Ahu Tongariki

The monumental Ahu Tongariki has plenty to set your camera's flash popping. With 15 imposing statues, it is the largest ahu ever built. The statues gaze over a large, level village site, with ruined remnants...

Top ChoiceArts Center in Santiago

Centro Gabriela Mistral

Centro Gabriela Mistral

This striking cultural and performing-arts center – named for Chilean poet Gabriela Mistral, the first Latin American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature – is an exciting addition to Santiago's art scene,...

Top ChoiceBeach in Northeast Circuit

Anakena

Anakena

Beach bums in search of a place to wallow will love this postcard-perfect, white-sand beach. It also forms a lovely backdrop for Ahu Nau Nau, which comprises seven moai, some with topknots. On a rise south of the...

Top ChoiceChilean in Santiago

Boragó

Chef Rodolfo Guzman earned a coveted spot among the World’s 50 Best Restaurants by elevating Chilean cuisine to new heights at this Vitacura restaurant, where a minimalist design forces you to focus on the food....

Top ChoiceChilean in Puerto Natales

Singular Restaurant

The perfect port in a storm, part supper club of yore, part modern bistro, with exquisite food and attentive service. Leather sofas and polished wood meet bare beams and stark views of the sound. Chef Hernan Vaso...

Top ChoiceMusic in Viña Del Mar

Festival Internacional de la Canción

At South America's biggest music festival, held the third weekend in February, Latin American pop, rock and folk stars join top-tier global musicians to entertain crowds of up to 15,000 at Anfiteatro Quinta...

Top ChoiceWine Bar in Santiago

Bocanáriz

You won't find a better wine list anywhere in Chile than this homey restobar with servers who are trained sommeliers. Try creative wine flights (themed by region or style) or sample several top bottles by the...

Top ChoicePark in Santiago

Cerro San Cristóbal

Cerro San Cristóbal

The best views over Santiago are from the peaks and viewpoints of the Parque Metropolitano, better known as Cerro San Cristóbal. At 722 hectares, the park is Santiago's largest green space, but it's still...

Top ChoiceMine in Copiapó

Mina San José

In 2010, 33 miners were trapped more than 700m underground after a devastating collapse within the mountain where they'd been working. Following a Herculean effort – which pulled resources from a number of...

Top ChoicePier in Parque Nacional Chiloé

Muelle de las Almas

Shrouded in folklore and Huilliche mythology, Chiloé's 'Dock of Souls' was built in 2007 by architect Marcelo Orellana. The curved boardwalk spans 17m along an outrageously cinematic landscape and seemingly...

Top ChoiceHistoric Building in Valparaíso

La Sebastiana

La Sebastiana

Bellavista's most famous resident writer was Pablo Neruda, who made a point of watching Valparaíso's annual New Year's fireworks from his house at the top of the hill, La Sebastiana. Because entry operates on a...

Top ChoiceMicrobrewery in Osorno

Cervecería Artesanal Armin Schmid

If you're within 100km of Osorno and a beer lover, you'll want to readjust your itinerary to visit this improvised temple of suds, the south's most interesting craft brewery, located 12km outside of Osorno on...

Top ChoiceMicrobrewery in Puerto Varas

Chester Beer Brewing Company

American nanobrewer 'Chester' (real name Derek Way) has been at it since 2006, long before 'craft' was a thing in Chile. His rustic but epic countryside brewery – fashioned from shipping containers – is a true...

Top ChoicePark in Monumentos históricos Nacionales Puerto Hambre & Fuerte Bulnes

Parque del Estrecho de Magallanes

The historic sites of Puerto Hambre (Port Hunger) and Fuerte Bulnes are the centerpiece of this privately managed park, an excellent introduction to regional history. The museum is Patagonia's best. Hourly...

Top ChoiceHistoric Building in Santiago

La Chascona

La Chascona

When poet Pablo Neruda needed a secret hideaway to spend time with his mistress Matilde Urrutia, he built La Chascona (loosely translated as 'Messy Hair'), the name inspired by her unruly curls. Neruda, of...