The Top 10 Sights of Chile

Travel to Chile completely without tourist traps! Here you will find a list of the top 10 sights of Chile! Which highlights and attractions should you not miss on your holiday in Chile?

Chile is probably the longest country on earth and also offers a very special range of attractions. From the Atacama, the driest desert in the world, to lonely moonscapes, fantastic glaciers and the legendary end of the world, Chile offers an incredible variety of natural experiences and unforgettable impressions.


Atacama Salt Desert

The Atacama salt desert with lake, Chile - © eccolo / Fotolia
© eccolo / Fotolia

The Atacama Desert is considered the driest desert in the world. It stretches from the Pacific Ocean to the Andes. Its breathtaking landscape of reddish-brown rocks, deserted moon valleys and gigantic salt lakes can be explored by bus or rental car. The distant views are sensational in the dry air and at night a vast starry sky spans the desert.

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Torres del Paine National Park

Waterfall in Torres del Paine National Park, Chile - © orxy / Shutterstock
© orxy / Shutterstock

Torres del Paine National Park is Chile's most famous national park. Located in the south of the country, it boasts a spectacular mountain world of peaks, lakes, rivers, waterfalls and glaciers. It is considered one of the most beautiful places in the world - a title that every Chilean holidaymaker will agree with.

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Valparaiso is one of the most beautiful cities in Chile and exudes a unique flair that has inspired numerous artists - © Anton_Ivanov / Shutterstock
© Anton_Ivanov / Shutterstock

The artist city of Valparaiso is one of the most beautiful cities in Chile and, along with the capital Santiago de Chile, also one of the most visited. The "Jewel on the Pacific" is considered Chile's cultural capital and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Valparaiso impresses with exciting architecture, magnificent views and winding alleyways full of graffiti, which are among the most beautiful street art in the Americas.

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Isla Magdalena National Park

On Isla Magdalena off the south coast of Chile, you have the unique opportunity to roam completely free among thousands of wild penguins - © Matyas Rehak / Shutterstock
© Matyas Rehak / Shutterstock

Isla Madgalena in southern Chile is completely in the hands - or claws - of penguins. Tens of thousands of Magellanic penguins live here completely carefree and without fear of humans. The entire island is protected and can be explored on your own on marked trails. A unique experience to move completely freely among wild penguins!


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Lago Todos Los Santos

Lago Todos Los Santos is part of Chile's oldest national park and attracts holidaymakers with fantastic nature far from civilisation - © Hugo Brizard - YouGoPhoto / Shutterstock
© Hugo Brizard - YouGoPhoto / Shutterstock

Chile's south is not lacking in lakes, but Lago Todos Los Santos is considered the most beautiful lake in the picturesque lake district. Surrounded by three glaciated volcanoes, its extensive shores are completely left to nature. Only a few small settlements break through the painting of mountain, forest and lake.

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Lauca National Park

Lauca National Park, Chile - © Cheapman_mike / Shutterstock
© Cheapman_mike / Shutterstock

On the border with Bolivia in northern Chile lies Lauca National Park. Its landscape is a stunning composition of snow-capped volcanic peaks, flamingo-populated salt lakes, hot springs and tranquil lakes. Sights in the national park include the majestic twin volcanoes of Pomerape and Parinacota and one of the highest lakes in the world.

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Marble Caves Capillas de Marmol

The fascinating marble caves are the highlight of the glacial lake General Carrera in the south of Chile - © Wata51 / Shutterstock
© Wata51 / Shutterstock

The glacial lake General Carrera in Patagonia on the border with Argentina has a sight to offer that has already appeared on many a list of the greatest wonders. The "marble caves" owe their spectacular appearance to the relentless surf of the turquoise blue glacial lake, which created bizarrely symmetrical shapes over thousands of years.

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El Tatio Geyser Field

The El Tatio geyser field is the highest geyser field in the world (approx. 4,300 metres), Chile - © med / Fotolia
© med / Fotolia

El Tatio in northern Chile is the highest geyser field in the world. The fascinating plateau of fire and ice puts the forces from the earth's interior on display in an impressive way. The up to 50m high fountains, smoking vents and bubbling holes are most spectacular to watch before and during sunrise.


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Tierra del Fuego

Dramatic cloud formations with beautiful spire, Tierra del Fuego, Chile - © Ralf Broskvar / Shutterstock
© Ralf Broskvar / Shutterstock

Tierra del Fuego, the end of the world, the gateway to Antarctica - the group of islands at the southern tip of Chile has many names. Rough climate with temperatures barely above freezing and long daylight make the islands especially interesting for skiers and cross-country skiers. Antarctic researchers are already getting a taste of the icy destination of their expedition.

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Easter Island Rapa Nui

Stone statues (called moai) on Easter Island, Chile - © TanArt / Shutterstock
© TanArt / Shutterstock

The mystical Easter Island is part of the UNESCO World Heritage and belongs to the most remote areas of the world. It lies 3,700km off the coast of South America in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. In the lonely landscape of rocky hills and vast meadows (trees were wiped out on Easter Island), the world-famous stone Moai tower into the sky.

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