10 essential experiences

From north to south, travelling Chile’s dramatic 4,300km, here’s the top ten things not to miss on your trip

Team Wanderlust
25 October 2012
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1. Arica

See the Chinchorro mummies, which are twice as old as the Egyptian ones (some were found on the Morro close to the city).

2. Atacama

Watch the wonders of the night sky go by with a spot of stargazing after supper.

3. Santiago

Explore the barrio of Lastarria, with its cool shops, art museum, smart restaurants and a lovely boutique hotel.

4. Casablanca Valley

Combine wine-tasting with a lunch on the terrace at Tanino restaurant at Casas del Bosque.

5. Pucón

Use Chile’s adventure capital hub as a base for mountain biking through the pine forests at the foot of Villarrica volcano.

6. Cross the Andes

Take the combined bus-plus-boat ride through the mountains from Puerto Montt to Bariloche.

7. Swim in the glacial lake

Found at the stunning Hacienda Tres Lagos in Aisén.

8. Torres del Paine

Walk to the base of the soaring torres (towers), the central hulk of Paine Grande or the Grey glacier.

9. Near Punta Arenas

Hide from those Patagonian gusts at new hotel Singular, which is in a former early 19th-century cold-storage plant.

10. Easter Island

Come face-to-face with the monolith statue giants of the moai.

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