Immerse yourself in vibrant Valparaiso
Chaotic, eclectic, and wonderfully carefree, Valparaiso is a city best approached with an open mind and an appetite for adventure. Lose yourself in the winding streets and crumbling staircases, and stumble upon some of the most impressive street art in South America. A city of poets and philosophers, Valparaiso is the relaxed, romantic alternative to Chile’s more modern capital, Santiago.
Pick up a case or two of Carmenere
Chile’s neighbour, Argentina, may be the current darling of the wine world as Malbec wines have their moment, but connoisseurs will tell you that Chile’s Carmenere is the one to watch. A deep, complex red, Carmenere perfectly embodies the richness and variety of Chile. Take a tour of the wine country around Santiago, and make sure to factor in plenty of time for tastings at some of the many vineyards in the region.
Witness the rugged beauty of Patagonia
Vast, wild and foreboding, Patagonia truly feels like the edge of the world. In many ways, it is; as Chile’s southernmost tip is the furthest south you can travel before reaching Antarctica. The Patagonian landscape is one of towering mountains, dense forests, and stunning fjords. In the most remote regions, the enormous glaciers of the Southern Ice Fields offer a glimpse back in time to an ice age earth. Here, intrepid explorers can happen upon colonies of penguins and frolicking schools of dolphins as they trek across this harshly beautiful landscape.
Experience an eclipse
Chile has plenty on offer for visitors year-round, but for a truly unique experience, you can also time your visit to the region to coincide with a total solar eclipse. These rare events happen only once every year or two, with the next one due to occur on 2 July 2019. For a few minutes that Tuesday afternoon, the Elqui Valley in Chile will be plunged into a temporary twilight, as the Moon’s orbit brings it into perfect alignment with the Earth and the Sun. With an average of 360 clear nights a year, the Elqui Valley, already a favourite among stargazers, is the perfect place to experience the eerie beauty of this breathtaking event. To make the most of it, book an eclipse experience, and see the event with like-minded travellers and eclipse experts.