While working through their day jobs, people daydream about traveling to South America. They think about the lush jungles of the natural regions as well as everything the urban areas have to offer. That is certainly true of Chile.
Stretching down the West Coast of the continent, Chile has the Pacific Ocean on one side and other countries like Argentina on the other. And throughout the country are a number of cities that visitors should plan to stop by.
Founded in 1550, Concepción has become one of Chile’s most interesting stops. A stunning place to visit, it is viewed by much of the country as a college town thanks to the multiple post-secondary intuitions located there.
The Concepción Zoo is always worth a stop, as is the Natural History Museum. If you’re looking to get a taste of what the Chilean wilderness has to offer then Nonguén National Reserve is a great place to spend some time.
Viña del Mar, Chile
Often referred to as the Garden City, Viña del Mar is an incredibly beautiful part of Chile. It has all the trappings of a costal resort city but still somehow maintains a charm you don’t normally find in such places.
Jardín Botanico Nacional offers a nice respite from busier parts of the city. The Corporación Museo de Arqueología e Historia Francisco Fonck offers an unparalleled look into the flora, fauna and archeological importance of the region.
Visitors to Chile absolutely must stop by Temuco. It is well known as a gateway to various Andean lakes, valleys and costal regions. As such, Temuco makes a great base of operations for visitors to explore the incredible natural beauty of the region from.
While in town, you have to make a point of stopping by Feria Pinto. It’s an incredible market selling a massive variety of local produce, spices, meat and more. There are also a seemingly endless array of wonderful restaurants to enjoy.
The last decade or so has seen drastic growth and development in Antofagasta. It has become a prime destination for visitors to Chile to spend time. While its roots are in mining, the city has diversified its tourism offerings greatly.
Antofagasta has numerous museums as well as several breathtaking cathedrals. It’s also surrounded by some truly intense natural wonders that need to be taken in. This is a city of stark contrasts that is in many way unique in the county.
The second biggest metropolitan area in the country, Valparaíso is key not only to Chile but to South America as a whole. It is a major port city, not to mention that it’s home to an important naval base. But those aren’t the reasons to go there.
Valparaíso is overflowing with incredible street art for visitors to check out. It also has some great neighborhoods devoted to eating and drinking the day away. But if you want a more laid back experience, this city also has some amazing beaches.