Top 10 things to do in Chile
1. Easter Island - houses over 800 statues made of stone called Moai that were carved by the Rapa Nui indigenous people.
2. Atacama Desert - the driest desert in the world, and home of Patagonia, the most southern tip of the world. During the night you can see billions of stars, that’s why the desert is home to many observatories.
3. Patagonia - visit the rocky spires known as Torres del Paine, tiny villages, and meet gauchos.
4. Coastal city Valpairaso - one of the great things to see is the graffiti that defines the city. Streets are lined with very creative portraits and unique art work. Make sure to explore the Pablo Neruda museum.
5. Celebrate our independence - during September 18th. Across the country, communities celebrate with parades, air shows, festivals, patriotic decorations and indigenous foods. Individual families celebrate by hosting traditional "asados," or barbecues, where they eat, drink and dance, to the rhythm of Cueca often late into the night. Independence Day festivities are celebrated over a long weekend and typically last for several days to a week.
6. Visit Pablo Neruda’s houses - Pablo Neruda was an important and beloved Chilean for many reasons. Pablo had many loves whether it was a woman, poetry, figureheads from ships, or interesting collectables. His houses (in Santiago, Valparaiso, and Isla Negra) are works of art, most notably his house called La Chascona meaning messy hair in Spanish. Each house is unique and offers a part of not only Pablo’s but also Chile’s history.
7. View Santiago from hill San Cristobal - Santiago is surrounded with hills, called “cerros” in Spanish. While on cerro San Cristobal you can see the hills, but you also can realize just how massive Santiago is, the city stretches further than the eye can see.
8. Ski the Andes mountains - The east border of Chile is lined by the Andes Mountains. Snow covers the mountains near Santiago during the winter months, making it a prime location for winter activities like skiing and snowboarding.
9. Eat a Chilean hotdog or Chilean fries - In Chile, the standard hot dog, called a completo, is topped with avocado, tomato, and mayonnaise. Chorrillana, Chilean fries, are topped with shredded meat, eggs, and onion.
10. Go to Pucon, a beach in the mountains – many hours drive from the ocean there’s a beach. Hundreds of meters above sea level, people laze on the shore and splash around in the water. There’s no sand just grey volcanic rocks. But Pucon is not just popular for the beach, which is on the side of an enormous lake. It’s also a base for a whole range of adventure sports. Trekking, rafting, canyoning, and so on. This is what the Chileans come for during the summer