Chile Travel Guides for Backpackers

Chile, Easter Island, how to get there and tips.

Easter Island is part of the country Chile, this country offers all kinds of seasons of the year to carry out all kinds of activities. But to start the first thing is to get to the airport of Santiago de Chile, the capital of the country. How to get to Easter Island. Arriving at Santiago de Chile airport head to the boarding area to quickly board a LAN airline plane, this is the only carrier flying to Easter Island. The price of the flight may vary, costing around 455.32 US dollars round trip. If you book earlier in terms of […]
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6 Reasons Why Valparaiso, Chile, Is The Best Vacation Destination

Many day-trippers venturing to the coast from Santiago, Chile, find themselves in Viña Del Mar. But the neighbouring seaside town of Valparaíso, or Valpo, offers a far more authentic cultural experience. What I found in these colourful hills makes the top of my favourite vacation destinations list! A rich sunset over the port in Valparaiso 1. Million Dollar Views Over Valparaíso After greeting my host, Rodo, the first thing I did was peer out the window at the downhill runway of rooftops leading my eye to where the sea meets the sky. Valpo is made up of 42 hills, or […]
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What to do and how to get to Parque Safari in Chile on your own

Before we went to Santiago de Chile, I learned that in the city of Rancagua – about 1:30 hour from Santiago – there was a safari park; at first I was a little apprehensive to think of the fact that in these types of attractions the animals are often doped up for entertainment by the public, however the Safari Park is a zoo built to rescue rescued animals (most circuses), which made me change my mind and feel more desire to go and after researching values with various tourism companies I was disappointed because the value of transportation per person […]
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All You Can Do In Pucón, Chile

Pucón is one of my favorite places in the world. I love it, because, even being a little city, there is practically nothing you cannot do there! I am not afraid at all of keeping your hopes high since I am sure everyone would find something amazing about it. It is located in the shore of Lake Villarrica in the Araucanía Region, 780 km from Santiago (the capital of Chile). It is known for being near the Villarrica volcano, and being the center of adventure tourism in Chile. The City The city is small, but it lacks nothing. There, you […]
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The 10 Best Things To Do in Valparaiso, Chile

The unfounded city of Valparaiso just came to life without any planned structure, but it is this fact what makes it so characteristic and unique. The Pacific ocean, the ever-blue sky and the picturesque architecture all combine to give a visual spectacle that enchants most tourists. Being the main port of Chile, located 2.5 hours from Santiago, this city has such an important history and unique historical structures that it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  So, to help you enjoy the most of your stay here, I have made this list to help you choose what to do […]
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Food, Weather and more at the great Island of Chiloé!

Is a small island in the south of my country of residence in Chile, full of incredible landscapes that advise knowing, these were my main motivation to visit it, but I am there surprised me in the same way that the kindness of the people, its singular architecture, the delicious food, in addition to the magic that surrounds the legends of the sector.   Ferry crossing by the channel of Chacao To get to Chiloé can only be done through the ferry in the town of Pargua since there is still no connection to the bridge, this trip is made […]
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Best Places to Visit in Santiago

Santiago is definitely in my top 3 favorite cities in the world. People always talk about Paris, New York, Los Angeles, but there is something special about Santiago that will make you want to move there and never look back. It’s modern and cosmopolitan and yet quaint and family friendly, for bar-hopping crowds to museum lovers, it’s a big metropolis with a small-town feel, and sure it sounds confusing but you’ll understand me when you visit it. And no, I’m not overselling it.  It’s not the cheapest city in the world, nor is the most romantic or chic and avant-garde, […]
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Pichilemu: The Perfect Surf Getaway From Santiago

Pichilemu is the perfect weekend getaway for anyone based in Santiago, or has a few spare days and is looking to do a bit of exploring before flying out from the capital. A must for surfers, or anyone in need of the beach. How to get to Pichilemu? Buses leave regularly from Terminal San Borja, and tickets are easily bought on the day, or online through websites such as recorridos.cl or busbus.com. Be careful though, as sometimes recorridos.cl doesn´t accept payments from international cards. Tickets brought a week in advance, for a feria weekend (national holiday) cost 8000CLP each way […]
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Do's and don'ts when traveling to Santiago de Chile

Chileans love foreigners, tourists usually think that we’re nice and gentle, I know it because I’m a tour guide since 2016, they’ve told me. But we’re not always so nice, especially in our capital. Santiago is a beautiful city, full of nature, activities, and life, but it’s also full of people, some of them great, some of them not so great. In Santiago, you’ll also be able to visit amazing places, but you have to pay attention to some do’s and don’ts before packing your bags and coming here. Things you must know before coming   Don’t take a cab from […]
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Santiago: what to do on a budget

Here I’ve put together some dos and don’ts for Santiago de Chile from my perspective as a young backpacker. Where to go and what to do, also some tips and tricks for Chile in general, especially if you are on a budget. Arriving So, you just landed, took your luggage, went through customs and are ready to get to your hotel/ hostel. What do you do now? There are several options to get from point A to point B in Santiago depending on how much you’re planning on spending. As I was backpacking and my budget wasn’t very large I […]
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5 Things To Do In Valparaiso

Valparaiso is a city on the coast of Chile, about a 2-3 hour bus ride west of Santiago. It is known as a haven for artists and inspiration to all. When immigrants started moving to the city in the 19th century they began building their homes from what was left on the shores of the port city – metal siding and buckets of paint discarded by ships after they used these materials as ballast. These poor immigrants began making their houses out of these scavenged items and this method of construction is what started the colourful patchwork design you see […]
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Puerto Varas: The City of Roses

Nestled on the South West shores of the second largest lake in Chile, Lake Llanquihue, Puerto Varas is a must for nature lovers, adventure enthusiasts and those wishing to delight in first class gastronomy with the surroundings of this picturesque lake-side city. There is a reason Puerto Varas has once been voted the best place to live in Chile! Iconic Puerto Varas and Volcano Osorno Where is Puerto Varas? Puerto Varas is located in the province of Llanquihue in the 10th Region of Los Lagos, Southern Chile. 1000km South of the country´s capital, Santiago, and just 20km North of the […]
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Easter Island: tips for visiting on a low budget

Easter Island with its remote location in the middle of the Pacific ocean has a reputation for being an expensive travel destination. Although it's not cheap, it is definitely worth to try and squeeze it into your travel itinerary. With some luck, it can be visited also if you are a lowbudget traveler. Here are some of my tips for a more affordable visit. Buying a plane ticket The only way to get to Easter Island from mainland Chile is to catch a 3 to 4 hours long flight from the capital Santiago. Latam Airlines are the only company running […]
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10 THINGS TO DO IN SANTIAGO DE CHILE

YOUR FIRST DAYS IN SANTIAGO If you're planning to fly to Santiago, or you just got there and you're looking for places to visit, this article is meant to help up. The capital has been my base camp already for 24 years, so I’m quite prepared to tell you what-to-do in the big city. I hope these following tips will help you during your very first days around! Be ready, the city is BIG. HOW TO GET TO SANTIAGO FROM THE AIRPORT If you just arrived at the airport Arturo Merino Benitez, you might want to get to the city […]
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5 Awesome things to do in Santiago de Chile

Are you travelling in Southamerica, have a stop in Santiago de Chile and don't know what to do? Don´t worry here I give you five easy, cheap, subway distance and local tips to make your pass through this city one you'll never forget:   1. Climb up the hills and see the landscape:  Santiago is not only in the footstep of one mountain range but actually in the middle of two; the Andes Mountain Range and the Costal Mountain Range, this location create a beautiful feeling of being immersed in the raw nature, but you don´t need to hike into […]
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Valparaíso: a city that never sleeps

Hello to everyone! Today I'm going to speak about Valparaiso, that is a beautiful, colorful and happy place. I'm traveling around the world nowadays, but before start traveling, I used to live in Valparaiso for almost 8 years. I grow up in a small town and moved to Valparaiso when I was 17 years old to go to the university and I fell in love with the city. I'm going to explain and attempt to convince you why visit this wonderful city is something that you can't miss. Where is Valparaiso? Valparaiso is a city located on the central coast of Chile, […]
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Torres Del Paine trek part 1: Prepare yourself

How much of an adventurer will you be? I don't think anyone deciding to tackle the immensity that is the Patagonian territory expected to have it easy. But tackling the Torres Del Paine National Park ? Nothing in the world could have prepared me for that (or you, before you read that article). Located at about an hour bus ride from the small town of Puerto Natales in Southern Chile, the area thrives with soaring mountains, breathtaking glaciers and never-ending grasslands that attract all sorts of visitors. [single_map_place] Torres de Paine, Magallanes y la Antártica Chilena Region, Chile [/single_map_place] Bear in mind that just […]
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The Best European Restaurants In Viña Del Mar, Chile

Dining by the Pacific with a continental flair Wulff Castle in Vina del Mar, Chile In January and February, when summertime comes to the southern hemisphere, vacationers converge on Viña del Mar from around the world. This seaside city in central Chile, on the Pacific coast of South America, offers sunny beaches, elegant hotels, and a grand old casino. Viña is also a magnet for cruise passangers calling at nearby Valparaiso and an attractive year-round destination for visitors from Santiago, Chile’s capital city, who are drawn by shopping, nightlife, and great restaurants. Restaurant options in Viña […]
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Santiago: Clubbing in Yoga Pants

Staying up until sunrise: a normal night out in Santiago… My first morning in Chile I woke up hung-over, smelly, and with coins stuck all over my body. I had been in Santiago for approximately 17 hours, and was already falling for the complexity of this city. Silhouette of Plaza de Armes The previous night had been danced at away at a posh night club, where I had been sorely under dressed. I found myself wriggling around to techno music dressed in the same yoga pants and sweatshirt I’d been wearing for 3 days of travel, as beautiful Chileans floated […]
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Patagonia in Winter: From Southern Chile to Argentina

At the base of Cordillera Paine It took me four years and five hours. Four years of endless dreaming about making it to Patagonia after first seeing posters of the place pinned to the wall of a classroom in high school. Five hours of trekking from the drop-off point near the town of Puerto Natales in southern Chile, a beautiful gruel through deep forest valleys and up rocky escarpments covered in ice. After all that time, I found myself sitting at the base of the three soaring towers of the Cordillera Paine, the iconic mountain chain that gives Torres del […]
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Chile: All you need to know about San Pedro de Atacama on a budget

There is something special about this place; maybe it’s the landscape, the lagoons, sand dunes, fauna, or the mysticism and peaceful vibes that you can find that are amazing and a MUST-HAVE experience for every adventurous traveler. Best Time to visit The Atacama Desert is located in north of Chile and is known as “the driest non-polar place on the planet”. In February there can be a little rain because is the “Altiplanic winter”, but the best thing about it is that you can see rainbows everywhere and it’s beautiful. The best time to visit San Pedro de Atacama for […]
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Santiago de Chile – more than just a transfer hub

So, you've decided to go to South America, and with the Atacama desert in the North, and Patagonia in the South, how could you possibly bypass that long skinny, chilli-shaped country, Chile. Chances are you'll be arriving in Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport anyway, one of South America's busiest airports, but if all you see it as is a transport hub, you will miss out on experiencing one of South America's greatest cities. If you take the time to really explore it, you'll find it has more to offer than just hustle, bustle and clouds of smog. The history is important To really […]
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TREKKING THROUGH THE “O” IN TORRES DEL PAINE

Torres del Paine I decided to quit my job so I could travel through South America with my best friend, Claudia. Next decision to take was where to start. We thought it would be a good idea to begin from the bottom of the continent. This way we get to cross it over. So, going to the Torres del Paine National Park, in the Magallanes Region of southern Chile, seemed to be the best starting point of the trip. This park is one of the most visited in Chile, famous for the cool shapes of the […]
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Santiago, Chile: The city from Southamerica between the mountains

The first post that I wanna write is about my beautiful city in the longest country of the world: Santiago, Chile. Where is Chile? I have heard this question so many times in Australia, where im living in this moment. “Southamerica, close to Argentina” I always answer.  And then the people said “ahhh, i know Argentina”. So, then im ask to myself…why the people doesnt know Chile? Chile has a lot of beautiful places that the world should know, and one of those is the capital, Santiago. What can you do in Santiago?  Santiago, in the middle of the country, […]
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