Discover the best routes to travel through Chile: Culture, heritage and landscapes
The beaches of the Atacama Desert, such as Bahía Inglesa, La Virgen beach, the Pan de Azucar National Park and the route between Caldera and Puerto de Huasco, are one of the beach landscapes you will find in the driest desert in the world. More to the north of the country are the beautiful cities of Iquique and Arica, with beaches for fans of adventure sports and, above all, for surfers.
The urban life of both cities makes them a meeting point for tourists who come from all over the world to enjoy the local cuisine, its traditional festivals and the history that surrounds both cities: the Pacific War and history Saltpeter from Chile. Other beaches that are characterized by their beauty and clear waters are Bahía Inglesa and Playa La Virgen, where visitors prefer to spend their vacation days to unwind and relax in front of the sea.
Another must-see of the routes to travel through Chile are the fishing coves, where not only fishing activity is carried out, but also you can sail to know the marine fauna of the region. This is the case of Chanaral de Aceituno or Caleta de Choros, from where you can get to know the Humboldt Penguin National Reserve, its dolphins, whales and penguins.
Starting a trip from Puerto Montt to the south is an unparalleled experience. This road of more than 1,200 kilometers joins the southern zone of lakes and volcanoes with the southernmost part of Chile, known as Patagonia. The Carretera Austral is characterized by its lush vegetation, interrupted by rivers and lakes, giving life to a geography that is not repeated in any region of Chile.
Evergreen forests to the west, and the Pampas to the east, make it one of the wildest destinations on the continent. In Aysen you will be dazzled by the huge glaciers that are part of the Northern Ice Fields and Southern Ice Fields. The Carretera Austral is one of the best routes to get to know Chile. We recommend you rent a 4 × 4 jeep and drive it yourself so you can stop when you want.
Among the most visited destinations are the Queulat National Park, Coyhaique, General Carrera Lake, Patagonia Park and Tortel Cove in the final stretch of the Carretera Austral. If you like adventure tourism, the Region of Aysen in Chilean Patagonia, offers all kinds of activities such as rafting, kayaking, mountaineering, trekking, mountain biking and hiking on ice.