#01 Parque Nacional Torres del Paine

Without a doubt, this spectacular park is what draws most visitors to southern Chile, and it does not disappoint even after all the photos and build-up.

#01 Parque Nacional Torres del Paine

#02 Laguna Verde

Massive active volcanoes surround these richly hued waters, making for an almost surreal landscape – the perfect spot to enjoy the bubbling lakeside hot springs.

#02 Laguna Verde

#03 Teleférico over Santiago

Dangle high above the sprawling capital, surrounded by the snowcapped Andes.

#03 Teleférico over Santiago

#04 Pisco Elqui

Take a tour of a distillery, followed by a taste of a pisco sour, Chile’s national cocktail.

#04 Pisco Elqui

#05 Termas de Puyuhuapi

Isolated and largely inaccessible, the resort here is home to steaming hot springs, and is one of the great getaways along the Carretera Austral.

View from the Carretera Austral, Puyuhuapi, Patagonia, Chile, South America© Guido Amrein Switzerland/Shutterstock

#06 Valparaíso

This remarkable city sits perched by the sea, draped over a jumble of steep hills around a wide bay.

#06 Valparaíso

#07 Paragliding in Iquique

Soar over Iquique, one of South America’s top paragliding destinations, and enjoy incredible views of the giant sand dune of Cerro Dragón far below.

Paraglide, Iquique Chile© lucas nishimoto/Shutterstock

#08 Churches of Chiloé

The archipelago’s beautiful wooden churches rise over the heart of almost every small village.

#08 Churches of Chiloé

#09 San Rafael glacier

Embark on an exhilarating boat ride alongside this stunning ice formation.

#09 San Rafael glacier

#10 Bahía Inglesa

Dip into turquoise waters and soak up rays on the relatively unspoilt beach.

#10 Bahía Inglesa

#11 Tracking Pablo Neruda

The Nobel Prize-winning poet is one of Chile’s best-known literary exports. Visit any of the three houses he lived in: La Chascona in Santiago, La Sebastiana in Valparaíso, or the museum on Isla Negra.

#11 Tracking Pablo Neruda

#12 Hiking Volcán Villarrica

Take a guided hike up this active volcano, the focal point of a park with excellent opportunities for trekking and camping.

#12 Hiking Volcán Villarrica

#13 The night sky

Chile’s northern skies are the most transparent in the southern hemisphere, as testified by the many international observatories stationed here. Head to the Elqui Valley’s Cerro Mamalluca observatory to play astronomer and gaze up at the stars.

#13 The night sky

#14 Penguins

Head to the thriving sanctuaries at Isla Magdalena and Seno Otway for an up-close look at penguins.

Things not to miss in Chile: Penguins on Isla Magdalena.© Peky/Shutterstock

#15 Valle de la Luna

Trek across this aptly named moonscape, just south of San Pedro de Atacama.

#15 Valle de la Luna

#16 Tapati, Easter Island

Partake in the remote island’s liveliest festival, complete with traditional dancing, woodcarving and surfing competitions, all amid the mysterious moai stone statues.

#16 Tapati, Easter Island

#17 Rodeos and huasos

Witness expert horsemanship and a slice of national culture at the rodeos in the Central Valley.

Things not to miss in Chile: Rodeo, Chile.© michelepautasso/Shutterstock

#18 Fly-fishing

The gin-clear rivers of the Carretera Austral feature some of the world’s best spots for fly-fishing.

#18 Fly-fishing

#19 Southern Patagonia

Explore the tip of the Americas, where the country splinters into granite towers, glaciers and fjords.

#19 Southern Patagonia

#20 Parque Nacional Lauca

Behold Chile’s highest national park, with altitudes between 4000m and 6000m, herds of llamas, remote geysers and altiplano lakes.

#20 Parque Nacional Lauca

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