South America offers some of the greatest cities, natural wonders, cultural capitals, and beautiful beaches found in the world. Our expert travel advisor Staci Steele helps travelers plan their dream vacations to many of these great South America destinations on a daily basis. What helps to make Staci such an expert is her extensive travel experience throughout the continent. Having traveled to over 12 cities in Peru, on and off the “gringo trail,” over 9 cities in Argentina, and even more travel throughout Brazil, Staci is well acquainted with many South America destinations.
Though she loved all her adventures, Staci has a special place in her heart for Chile, where she traveled throughout the country and had one of the greatest experiences of her life. Follow Staci from bustling Santiago through the salt lagoons of San Pedro de Atacama and on to the glaciers at Torres del Paine with this one-of-a-kind Chile travel tale.
Full of crazy and unforeseen adventures, this Chile travel tale takes you all over the country. Let us start in Santiago, Chile’s capital, where Staci and her friends explored this cultural hub. Staci was in Santiago for almost a week and suggests that anyone visiting the city take a walk around the main center. She highly recommends going up Santa Lucia hill, which provides great views of the city set against a stunning mountain backdrop. She also took a trip to the laid back areas of Vina del Mar and Valparaiso. Overall, her time in Santiago was mostly spent mingling with the locals and truly getting a feel for the culture of this great city.
Onward to Torres del Paine in Chile’s Patagonia, where Staci and her friends journeyed on a 5-day trek to explore the beauty of the glaciers and valleys, which Staci described as absolutely amazing.. As she recounts the days of the trek her face lights up explaining how her hike allowed her to truly get a feel for the beauty of Chile’s diverse landscapes. Torres del Paine sits near the border of the Argentina and Chile making it easily accessible from Argentina and can be complemented by a trip to El Calafate, Argentina.
Staci continued on to the magnificent Atacama Desert region, where she spent her time making friends with the locals, something that is hard to do with only a few days in a city. They gave her some great tips about Chile travel, one of which led her to a local hot spot for swimming which was fully equipped with a slide! With some extra time in the itinerary Staci and her friends rented bikes and rode to the salt lagoons where they enjoyed the entire afternoon floating in the lagoon and taking in the amazing views of the surrounding mountains and desert.
Staci loved her time in Chile and wanted to give a couple of tips for exploring Chile, starting with a recommendation to visit the salt lagoons in San Pedro de Atacama and exploring the glaciers and towers in Torres del Paine, as they were the highlights of her trip. Another suggestion from our expert travel advisor is to set aside at least ten days for your Chile travel adventure, especially if you want to see what Staci describes as “the three most important zones of Chile”: Santiago and the surrounding area, the Lake District, and Patagonia.
Take a trip to Chile and explore the streets of Santiago, mingle with the locals, and get lost in the beauty of the country’s diverse landscapes. Start planning your Chile vacation by contacting one of our expert travel advisors today!