5 Things We Love About Chile
TURNER is excited to begin spreading the word about Chile, where travelers will find unique scenery and unforgettable experiences at the end of the world. The country is a truly exceptional destination with so many things to do and see. It’s tough to narrow it all down – but here’s a start.
Name an outdoor adventure – Chile’s got it.
It’d be hard to find a place with more diverse landscapes than Chile. Chile is home to virtually every climate zone imaginable; high deserts, incredible ski slopes, some of the world’s best surfable ocean swells, lush rain forests and busy urban environments that still cater to the adventurous. Valparaíso is especially notable, with streets that transform annually into a mountain bike race course beloved by cyclists worldwide. Instead of booking three, or four separate adventurous vacations, thrill-seekers need only book one vacation to scratch their adrenaline-pumping itch.
The “slow travel” trend reaches its apex here.
Chile offers adventures at every turn – but many are the kinds of adventures that will soothe your soul, as opposed to getting your pulse pounding. Chile encourages travelers to slow down and absorb the sheer diversity on display here, whether it’s the beautifully divergent natural landscapes to the delightful flavors found in the country’s cuisine, which masterfully blends ancestral traditions and European techniques (more on that below). Finally, Chile has the clearest skies in the southern hemisphere and the entire country is known as the world’s Astrotourism capital. By 2020, 70 percent of the world’s astronomical observatories will be located in the country. The heavens look truly heavenly from here.
The past is present.
Chile’s indigenous heritage runs deep. The country was home to some of the earliest South Americans. Archaeologists have uncovered structures nearly 15,000 years old in Monte Negro. As a result, the past is present everywhere you look in the country, and curious ethno-tourists can follow a rich timeline at world-class museums and interactive cultural heritage sites. And of course, the mystery and beauty of the Rapa Nui people is on full display on Easter Island, home to iconic stone structures and welcoming festivals that showcase the music, food and language of this vibrant culture.
It’s where luxury meets adventure.
From the awe-inspiring Atacama Desert (the highest, driest desert on Earth) to the cosmopolitan sophistication of Santiago, from the rugged peaks of Patagonia to the Mediterranean-esque charms of Valparaíso, Chile offers the perfect blend of unforgettable experiences and upscale comforts. The country’s diverse landscapes are the gateway to endless adventure. Travelers taste fine wines at lush vineyards, find handmade treasures at Centro Artesanal Pueblito Los Dominicos, ski down fresh-powder slopes in the Andes, or relax on the unspoiled beaches of Pucón.
Chilean food is unreal.
A journey through Chile is a foodie’s dream come true.
- Don’t miss pastel de choclo, made with sweet corn and seasoned chicken or ground beef. Street food aficionados love Churrasco. It consists of thin cuts of steak, grilled and served on a local bread with tomato, avocado and mayonnaise.
- Dig into arrollado de huaso. This pork roll features bacon slices, chilis and spices, rolled in pork skin and then boiled. Anthony Bourdain raved about it during his time here.
- Beyond meat, adventurous eaters will want to sample the amazing variety of exotic Chilean fruits. Try chirimoya (Mark Twain called it “the most delicious fruit known to men”). Or seek out maqui berry, a superfruit harvested for centuries by the Mapuche people.
- And of course, food and wine are a crucial pair in Chile. The country produces some of the world’s finest varietals. The vineyards peppered throughout Chile offer an adventure all on their own.