Honeymoon in Chile

Chile, a long thin country with some of the most diverse landscapes on Earth, perfect for an active honeymoon

Atacama Desert

Desert, Archeology and Starry Skies

Northern Chile is home to the world's most arid desert and its salt flats, hot springs and geysers as well as large deposits of copper and other minerals and mines in Chuquicamata, Calama and other parts of the altiplano. It also boasts fertile ravines and oases whose unique fruits make for excellent culinary tours and is inhabited by some of the country's native peoples. Both Incan and Spanish influences can be seen in its villages and religious festivities, which attract visitors throughout the year.

Your visit to spots like San Pedro de Atacama will allow you to view valuable vestiges of native cultures at archeological sites and museums. Coastal cities like Arica, Iquique, Antofagasta, Coquimbo and La Serena will delight you with their beaches and warm, temperate climate. Winter in the desert is another story, however, as the temperature can go as low as 7ºC at night and as high as 26ºC during the day.

Near Copiapó, the desert becomes fertile thanks to the camancha, a mist that rises from the sea and allows for life to bloom in impressive natural reserves like the Pan de Azúcar and Fray Jorge National Parks. And you'll find some of the country's best wine and pisco valleys between the cities of Copiapó and La Serena (the latter 470 km from Santiago).

While northern Chile is known for its mining, it's also home to a number of astronomical observatories. The most impressive – Cerro Paranal and the Alma Project –confirm the region's status as a land of magical discovery.

Santiago and Surroundings

Big Cities, Great Wine

As soon as you land in Santiago, you will notice the city's heady mix of influences and attributes. This ancient valley nestled in the Andean foothills and around the Mapocho River was discovered by Spanish conquistador Pedro de Valdivia in 1541. It has since become a major South American city that offers first-class hotels and restaurants and access to the latest technology and services. The Chilean capital is no doubt the perfect starting point for any visitor.

Santiago offers much more than one might anticipate. Here, ancient traditions coexist with 21st century life on every street and in each neighborhood. You'll find everything from small cafés with Wifi, exclusive boutiques, great bookstores and fine handicrafts to big malls and long shopping strips that offer all of the top brands. This metropolis, which is home to over six million people, offers hundreds of options for every budget or interest and activities that can be enjoyed throughout the year.
As summer arrives, city dwellers' minds turn to the beach, and Valparaíso and Viña del Mar are just a little over an hour away by car. During the winter, many head to the ski resorts perched less than 40 km away in the Andes. And each spring brings Chilean Independence Day (September 18), which is the perfect time to enjoy harvest celebrations in the Central Valley with a nice glass of Chilean wine in hand.

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Lakes and Volcanoes

Adventure, Relaxation and Breathtaking Scenery

You'll start to feel the difference once you are about 400 km south of Santiago and you reach the historic city of Chillán and the ski resort and hot springs on the slopes of Nevados de Chillán. As you continue past the Biobío River and drive another 800 km towards Castro on the island of Chiloé, the scenery becomes even more rural and the vegetation takes on a thousand green hues. Here, the rhythm of life seems to be set by the slow crackling of the wood in the fireplace. As the rain falls, the skies grow clearer and recover their deep blue color. The entire region smells of wood and the wet earth that provides employment in the fields of agriculture and livestock, and the people are warm and welcoming. Welcome to Southern Chile and the Biobío, Araucanía, Los Ríos and Los Lagos Regions.

Several modern highways have been built to bring you to the area's main cities (Chillán, Concepción, Temuco, Valdivia, Osorno, Puerto Varas and Puerto Montt). Villarrica and Pucón offer skiing in the winter and lakeside water activities during the summer, and Chiloé will charm you with its leisurely pace and ancient traditions.
You'll find plenty of accommodations, from sophisticated hotels and campgrounds with all the modern conveniences to eco-lodges and bed and breakfasts. The area also offers a chance to engage in a wide range of activities. Enjoy a soak in a hot spring beneath a starry sky, practice water sports on any number of rivers and lakes, take a day off to go fishing or explore the area's over 30 natural monuments, nature preserves and national parks and comfortable ski resorts.
If you prefer more peaceful activities, there's superb food to be had and opportunities to learn about local indigenous communities or explore the picturesque villages that were founded by European immigrants in the 19th century.


Breathtaking Views Await You at the End of the World

Almost 500 years have passed since Patagonia was discovered, but the words that we use to describe it are the same as those invoked by the first explorers and naturalists: exotic, remote, vast, infinitely beautiful, wild and untamable.

It is easy to lose yourself in this area, which is roughly the size of Britain (240,000 km2) but has a less than one inhabitant per km2. Over 50% of Chilean Patagonia is a Protected Wilderness Area. Here, it's just you and the wild nature that serves as a backdrop to such diverse activities as fly-fishing, trekking, cycling, mountain climbing, rafting, kayaking and horseback riding.

The region's surprises include the vastness of the Ice Field that gives way to majestic glaciers and the splendor of mountains like Torres del Paine, San Valentín and Cerro Castillo. You also will be dazzled by the color and scale of General Carrera and O'Higgins Lakes, the vigor of the Baker, Palena and Futaleufú Rivers and the huge maze of fjords and canals that are home to dolphins and whales.

In this rugged and beautiful landscape you also will find cities and villages like Coyhaique, Punta Arenas and Puerto Natales, which are home to gauchos and centuries' old ranching traditions.


Three Islands, Three Cultures, One Country

Chile's territory includes hundreds of islands, but the three that are most popular with travelers and easiest to visit are Easter Island, Robinson Crusoe and Chiloé. The first two are located 3,700 km and 500 km, respectively, from the mainland in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Chiloé, the largest of the three, is just a 30 minute ferry ride from the city of Puerto Montt.

Easter Island, or Hanga Roa as it is called in the local indigenous language, is one of the most exotic places in Chile. It sits at the same latitude as Caldera, but is thousands of miles from the coast. Its indigenous culture has been admired for centuries for erecting massive stone monuments called moais over 800 years ago. These stone statues are scattered over a volcanic landscape surrounded by beautiful beaches. Here at the "navel of the world," indigenous culture informs the décor and offerings of first-rate hotels and fine dining.

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Robinson Crusoe Island, part of the Juan Fernández Archipelago, was hit hard by the tsunami of February 2010. Much of its municipal and hotel infrastructure is under reconstruction, but you can still enjoy the warm hospitality of its 500 inhabitants, who colonized the island over a century ago. Crusoe has a richer endemic ecology than the Galapagos in terms of flora and birds, including the main source of food, the rock lobster for which the island is famous. Its history is full of stories of corsairs and includes the first naval combat of World War I, when a German cruiser sank off the coast.

Southwest of Puerto Montt, the Chiloé Archipelago is a group of islands near the continental shelf. Its centerpiece is the "Big Island of Chiloe," which is home to cities such as Ancud, Castro and Quellón. These focal points of Chiloé culture are renowned for their legends, food, friendliness, architecture and blend of country and seagoing lifestyles. With a beautiful National Park and churches that have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Chiloé is a sure bet.


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