Top 5 – Chile

Chile was a trip of a lifetime for me. I researched the areas I wanted to see but didn’t research much about the country itself, or its politics. I learned that as I went along. A sad history of political strife but such a beautiful and friendly country when I was there. It is hard to narrow down my top five as I enjoyed myself so much everywhere I went.

  1. Valle de la Luna, Atacama Desert

There is no doubt in my mind that this is the top of my list in Chile. The experience I had there, the views, the quietness, the soul-searching – there was just so much involved in an afternoon tour for me. It was life-changing for me. It was difficult but one that made me stronger. It is definitely a recommended place to go if you ever have the chance to travel to this beautiful place on earth.

  • San Cristobal, Santiago

I enjoyed Santiago so much. There was so much to see, so much to do, and so much to eat! The Chilean food was amazing. The barrios I visited were all so interesting.

But my favourite spot in all of Santiago was San Cristobal. I walked halfway up before I decided to take the funicular to the top, and the views I encountered while walking were spectacular. When I first saw the Andes as the background of the city, it took my breath away. What an amazing backdrop for a city.

As I continued to walk up, the views of the different neighbourhoods were so beautiful with trees everywhere. What a beautiful city Santiago is.

But when I got to the top, and I saw San Cristobal on top looking down on the city, it was indescribable. It was a view that again took my breath away. I was so glad I decided to make this journey to Chile when I saw the view from the top. I knew this was going to be a trip to remember forever.

  • La Serena

La Serena is a lovely, quaint town in the middle of Chile, situated perfectly between the Andes and the Pacific. They have lovely unique boutiques to wander through, some quaint bistros, the vibe of the town is so relaxed. I loved it there. I walked for hours each day and discovered something new every day.

There is a lovely Japanese garden situated right off the main road and I took the time to wander through and sit and listen to the ponds.

This is a place I could retire in if I ever get the chance to retire.

  • Playa Chinchorro, Arica

The last place I went in Chile was Arica, and I was lucky enough to discover the most beautiful beach, Playa Chinchorro.

Because I was travelling in September, this was the end of their winter, so the beach was quiet. The locals felt it was too cold to be on the beach sunbathing, however, it was about 20 degrees each day and that was warm enough for me to sunbathe! All but one day I spent on the beach. It went for miles, and I walked every inch of the beach.

The beach is well-known for surfers as the waves are quite high there. One of the days I was walking, I had the chance to watch some amazing surfers out on the waves. I spent about an hour watching them. It was fantastic!

Because it was the end of winter, while there were a lot of food booths on the beach, few were open. I was lucky enough to find this one place that served the best fish tacos I have ever had. It was a terrific way to end my time in Chile, eating fish tacos on the most beautiful beach there.

  • Antofagasta

It is hard to narrow down one particular place in Antofagasta as part of my top 5 as I enjoyed my entire time here and everywhere I went to was great! From the Huanchaca Ruins museum, to the shopping centres, to the boardwalk, and the amazing food establishments, there wasn’t anything that I didn’t enjoy.

It is not usually a place where people stop and do touristy things for as long as I did. Most stop for a night, and then continue to either Bolivia or back to Santiago after being in the desert. I am so glad I took the time to wander the streets and see so much of the city that I did. I would highly recommend this as a city to see.

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