“There is no place quite like Chile.”
From the driest desert on Earth, high altitude geysers to the frozen mountains, Chile is a country of great beauty and contrasts. Being the longest country in the world (stretching over 2,670 miles from tip to top), Chile varies in landscapes, terrains and climate.
Its complex topography and sheer size might be a little overwhelming but when you have travellers who are ready to put in the miles, driving in Chile unlocked several experiences which can’t be rivalled elsewhere.
Here are our favourite travel experiences while driving through Chile:
Exploring the Atacama Desert:
On entering Chile, we reached San Pedro de Atacama and drove through the Atacama Desert. There are few places around the world that truly takes your breath away, but the Atacama Desert is one of those places that left us breathless… and that’s not just because of the high altitude!
We lost ourselves amongst the endless stretches of tarmac and perfect landscapes. The Atacama Desert really is like nowhere else we’ve been.
Spent the Night Stargazing:
Chile is, without a doubt, one of the best locations in the world for observing the unfiltered and unadulterated night sky. On a chilly evening, we gazed at the Milky Way which felt so close, we could almost reach out and touch it. We were truly starstruck.
Sightseeing in Santiago:
Santiago, Chile’s capital and largest city, is surrounded by the world’s longest mountain range, driest desert, largest ocean and southernmost grassy plains. We had a perfectly pleasant time exploring Santiago and getting an insight into Chile’s recent past.
Visited La Serena:
Craving some sun, sand and sea? Then a visit to La Serena, which is one of Chile’s top beach destination is a must. The city is known for its long beaches, like El Faro with its landmark Faro Monumental lighthouse, and its colonial and neo-colonial architecture. We enjoyed some lovely time in this beautiful city.
While our drive through Chile came to an end, the journey on South America Expedición continues as we explore Argentina, the last country on our Expedición and home for the next 18 days. Stay tuned for more updates.