The beef empanadas you will find served in restaurants across the country are worth an exploration of their own. Chilean food is lovely like its Spanish cousin but with a unique flair and will provide a nice backdrop and tastebud dance for your trip.
Chile has the mighty Andes Mountains on its one side and the great Pacific on the other and it is often referred to as the longest country in the world. Chile normally succeeds in drawing attentions to itself due to its highly implausible shape but this beautiful country has much more to offer in terms of tourists attractions as well. Only 112 miles (180 kilometers) separates the two widest points of the country but its coastline stretches for more than whopping 2,642 miles (4300 kilometers).
The climate of the Chile varies considerably because it is a vast and very long country. It has several large islands of the coast and the landscape is generally very rugged with huge mountain ranges, one of which is Andes. Generally speaking, the weather is very moderate and pleasant at the sea level but starts getting very cold as you get closer to the mountains. The climate of the central Chile is similar to that of Mediterranean with moderately wet, cool winters and warm sunny summers.
Santiago is the Capital and largest city of Chile and it is here that you will experience the Chilean culture in its full blossom. The city lacks the hustle and bustle of Buenos Aires or Rio but it is much safer and cleaner that its South American counterparts. It is a cosmopolitan city with hotels, bars, restaurants and features smallest of boutiques to joint shopping malls from where you can shopping anything you like without spending huge chunks of money. Three are operas, theaters, museums, art galleries and other cultural attractions as well. The nightlife offered by the city is unparalleled whereas the distinct neighborhoods with fascinating tree-lined streets add to the beauty and charisma of the city.
The nearby Cerro Santa Lucia Hill is a spectacular place to visit as it is currently embellished by wonderful stairways such as Terraza Neptuno, fountains and facades. It is also interesting to note that Santiago was originally founded on this amazing mountain. The Santa Lucia Craft Market is the best place to buy the souvenirs and handicrafts that are famous across the globe for their elegance and finesse. The Patio
Bellavista is a beautiful place which is equally popular among locals and tourists. In fact, Santiago alone has so many attractions to offer that it is impossible for you to explore them all in one visit to Chile.
Vena Del Mar is the most popular coastal city in Chile. The charms and attractions of this exquisite city such as spirit nightlife, lovely and pristine beaches, elegant and luxurious restaurants and hotels, the Casino and the museum are simply irresistible and catches the attention of tourists and locals alike. Vena Del Mar is also the best place in the South America for watching seals whereas strolling on soft white sands of Playa Del Sol beach will give you an experience of your lifetime. As a matter of fact, the city abounds in tourists attractions most important of which are Fonk Museum , Flower Clock, Quinta Vergara and Castillo Wulf.
Arica is located on the extreme north of the ‘long country’ and it is often called as “city of the eternal spring.” The city is the gateway to some of the most incredible sites in the Chile such as the high altitude lake Chungara, the majestically carved rock sculptures at the Putre and Lauca National Park famous for its natural and archeological wonders. Arica is the home to the arguably the oldest mummies in the world currently resting in a museum situated in nearby Azapa valley. it is also a splendidly beautiful coastal city and you can enjoy activities like sunbathing, snowboarding, snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, kite surfing, strolling on the beach and hanging out.
There are many other great places to visit in Chile such as breathtaking Easter Island, the town of Pucon, Toress del Paine National Park and the sumptuous dessert of Valle de le Luna. In fact, Chile is abounding in natural and manmade beautify making it necessary for you to put this marvelous country on the top of your list of possible future travel destinations.
Airlines providing service between Chile and Australia include Qantas Airways, Emirates, LAN Airlines and Air New Zealand.
Australia to Chile
Popular stopovers between Chile and Australia include Guangzhou, Urumqi, Seoul and Shanghai.
More information at the Chile Holidays guide.