Chile is a picturesque country in South America, known for its natural and historical sights. The northern part of the country is characterized by semi-deserts and deserts, stretching from the border of Peru to the city of Copiapo, and occasionally interrupted by oases. The northern part of the country within the Andes is different from the coastal deserts. It is a harsh but beautiful mountainous region, which is the Mecca of ecotourism, trekking and mountaineering.

The northernmost city in the country is Arica, which rests on the edge of the desert region near the Peruvian border. An amazing combination of a mild warm climate and the nearby hot hell of Atacama gives the city a special attraction. The sights of the city include the central Plaza de Armas, typical of all Spanish colonial cities, the fortress of Arica, Fort Alakran, and Fish Market. The fortress of Arica was the first Spanish fort in the country, which now hosts the Museum of History and Weapons. The picturesque Azapa Valley and the magnificent beaches of Henrietta contribute to the natural diversity of the region. Nearby are Mamin hot springs, situated on the edge of the Atacama Desert, an oasis of Valley Pike and the picturesque town of San Miguel de Azapa.

La Serena is an important historical and economic center, as well as one of the oldest cities in Chile. Located on the Pacific coast, it was the center of old silver and copper mining, as well as a major agricultural region of the country. Today, La Serena is not only an industrial center, it is a city-monument competing with Vina del Mar as an excellent beach resort. The city is famous for its wine production and wine cellars.

Another sight is the largest in the southern hemisphere Tololo Observatory.
In addition to beaches, the city is famous for churches, including the Cathedral of St. Francis, numerous markets, the Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Religious Art. Nearby, there is a valley irrigated by numerous canals and planted with the best fruit plantations in South America.

Santiago de Chile is a huge city, lying in the fertile valley with the same name, sandwiched between the mountain ranges. It is the capital of the country, its economic and cultural center that is home to more than 5.5 million residents. The city is full of contrasts: skyscrapers of glass and concrete are located side by side with numerous churches of the 18th century, the people wear business suits and traditional tribal clothing with the same pleasure, and fashionable areas of Providencia and Las Condes are neighbouring with slum areas. The city’s historical monuments include the House of Governors, the City Council, the building of the Royal Audience, the Post Office building, and the palace complex of La Moneda.

In Valparaiso you can find an incredible mix of cultures and peoples, so characteristic of modern Chile. Just a few kilometers away from Valparaiso, there is the main beach resort of Chile, Vina del Mar. It is often called 'Garden City' because of its subtropical climate, beautiful nature and a variety of palm avenues.

The south of Chile is one of the most beautiful regions in the world. The Andes are framed by numerous rivers, the cones of volcanoes, the cleanest lakes, and thickets of relic plants. Punta Arenas is a wonderful city on the shore of the Strait of Magellan. The city has preserved traces of its former grandeur, such as the luxurious mansions and palaces. Of certain interest is the Regional Museum, the business district, the hill of La Cruz, which offers a breathtaking panorama of the city, the Strait and the northern part of Tierra del Fuego. Near the town, there is a fashionable ski resort.

Travel agents in Chile are the tourist industry professionals who can be contacted to prepare an effective trip. If you need something more specific like hotels, flights, or ground transortation, please, refer to the list of Chile tour operators.