Updated: Nov 3
South America's Gem of Elegance and Diversity - Chile! 🇨🇱
Coming to Chile from Argentina,
I was a little bit jaded from the rivalry between the two countries… let me explain: Chile & Argentina had a couple of skirmishes between them; and the people really cannot stand each other! The Argentinian are still upset about Chile helping the UK during the Falkland wars - they might forgive; they never forget (a motto I live by).
So when I was living in Ushuaia & hanging out with my friends at the Chilean consulate… They told me their point of view and I compared it with the point of view from Argentinian locals I lived with: completely different stories and always blaming one another and putting each other down. There was definitely is NO love lost between them lol 😂
Alas, I arrive in Chile, and all my misconceptions were turned upside down… As I traveled throughout the whole country: from San Pedro de Atacama in the farthest north to the deepest south in the Chilean Patagonia - Punta Arenas, I get to know Chileans very well, laugh and learn with them - a todo dar! (cómo decía la abuela Alicia). Chileans are warm, intelligent & pragmatic and very friendly (tenia razón el tío Juanjo - la gente muy amable y su economía de las mejores de Latino América). 👌🏻
So the lesson of the story kids: always make your own decisions about people - places - things … and never get jaded by gossip, and what others say (por eso me caga el chisme y nunca me metí en la familia (primos) y sus pendejadas) jeje 😂
Life is too short muchachos, time flies ... so travel, make your own decisions about people & places and always keep learning: that is my advice to you!
a country that stretches along the southwestern edge of South America, is a land of sophistication, elegance, and captivating diversity. From the vibrant capital of Santiago to the awe-inspiring landscapes of Patagonia and the rich cultural heritage of Valparaiso, Chile offers travelers a truly sophisticated experience. In this travel article, we will explore the various facets of this South American gem, highlighting its urban chic, natural splendor, and cultural richness.
Empecemos con Santiago: The Modern Metropolis 🗼
Our journey begins in Santiago, Chile's bustling
capital, where a unique blend of modernity and tradition awaits. Nestled in a valley surrounded by the Andes, Santiago is a city of remarkable contrasts.
Upscale Accommodations: The city boasts a range of sophisticated accommodations, such as the Singular Santiago, a luxury hotel housed in a historic industrial building. Its rooftop bar provides panoramic views of the city and the majestic Andes.
Art and Culture: Santiago is home to numerous museums and art galleries, including the Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art. The Lastarria neighborhood is a hub for cultural activities, with theaters, galleries, and trendy cafes.
Culinary Delights: Santiago's dining scene is burgeoning with upscale restaurants like Boragó and Ambrosia, known for their innovative Chilean cuisine. Don't forget to sample the country's renowned wines at elegant vineyards in the Maipo and Casablanca Valleys.
Valparaiso: Bohemian Charm
Just a short drive from Santiago, Valparaiso beckons with its bohemian charm and vibrant street art scene.
Casa Higueras: Stay at Casa Higueras, a boutique hotel perched on a hill, offering stunning views of the colorful port city. The hotel's blend of historic architecture and contemporary design reflects the spirit of Valparaiso.
Artistic Exploration: Valparaiso's winding streets are adorned with murals, making it a true open-air museum. Wander through the hills and experience the dynamic art scene, with galleries and studios aplenty.
Historical District: The city's historic district is a UNESCO World Heritage site, characterized by its well-preserved 19th-century architecture. Explore the maze-like streets, and don't miss the Ascensor Concepción, a funicular railway that provides excellent vistas of the city.
Viña del Mar: Coastal Glamour
A short drive from Valparaiso, Viña del Mar offers a delightful contrast as an upscale coastal resort city.
Sheraton Miramar Hotel & Convention Center: Stay at the Sheraton Miramar Hotel, situated right on the waterfront. Its modern design and stunning ocean views create a luxurious coastal escape.
Beachside Relaxation: Viña del Mar's pristine beaches offer opportunities for relaxation and water activities. Stroll along the iconic Flower Clock and visit the nearby Casino, a symbol of Viña's glamorous past.
Festival de Viña del Mar: If you're lucky to visit in late February, don't miss the Festival de Viña del Mar, one of the most important music festivals in Latin America, known for its star-studded lineup.
Wine Country: Vineyard Escapes
Chile's wine country, with its valleys and vineyards, is a haven for wine enthusiasts seeking sophisticated escapes.
Casablanca Valley: The Casablanca Valley is known for its cool climate, ideal for white wine production. Explore vineyards like Casa del Bosque, where you can enjoy wine tastings amidst picturesque settings.
Maipo Valley: Maipo Valley, just outside Santiago, is renowned for producing Chile's signature red wines. Wineries like Concha y Toro offer tours and tastings in an elegant ambiance.
Atacama Desert: Otherworldly Elegance
Chile's northern Atacama Desert is the driest place on Earth, offering a stark yet uniquely elegant landscape.
Tierra Atacama: Stay at Tierra Atacama, an exclusive luxury desert lodge that blends seamlessly with its surroundings. Enjoy astronomy tours, relaxing spa treatments, and guided excursions to the Moon Valley and Tatio Geysers.
Stargazing: Atacama is one of the world's best locations for stargazing. The clear, unpolluted skies are perfect for witnessing the majesty of the cosmos.
Patagonia: Untamed Elegance
Our journey takes us to Patagonia, a region of untamed beauty in southern Chile, known for its rugged terrain and pristine wilderness.
Patagonia Camp: At Patagonia Camp, guests stay in luxurious yurts with panoramic views of the turquoise Lake Toro and the Paine Massif. It's the perfect base for exploring Torres del Paine National Park.
Hiking and Wildlife: Patagonia offers endless opportunities for hiking, with trails that lead to turquoise lakes, glaciers, and dramatic mountain peaks. Keep an eye out for native wildlife like guanacos, foxes, and Andean condors.
Easter Island: Mystical Elegance
Our final destination is Easter Island, a remote, mystical island in the Pacific Ocean.
Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa: Stay at Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa, a luxurious retreat inspired by the island's culture. Explore the enigmatic Moai statues, relax on pristine beaches, and dive into the island's Polynesian heritage.
Chile, with its mix of urban sophistication, natural grandeur, and cultural richness, embodies a unique elegance that is both inviting and captivating. Whether you're wandering through the vibrant streets of Valparaiso, savoring fine wine in the Casablanca Valley, or exploring the wild beauty of Patagonia, Chile offers a sophisticated adventure like no other. The allure of this diverse nation is undeniable, providing travelers with a well-rounded taste of elegance and diversity in South America.