Located in the southwest corner of South America, Chile is typically described as being made up of three distinct geographic areas. The first, known as continental Chile, comprises a long and narrow strip of land on the west coast of Southern Cone, extending from the southeastern shore of the Pacific Ocean to the Andes. The second, called insular Chile, corresponds to a set of islands volcanic origin in the South Pacific Ocean: the Juan Fernández archipelago and Desventuradas Islands, belonging to South America, the Salas y Gómez Island and Easter Island Geographically located in the Polynesia. The final area, called Chilean Antarctic Territory, is an area of Antarctica which Chile claims sovereignty, extending its southern boundary to the South Pole. Because of its presence in the Americas, Oceania and Antarctica, Chile technically considers itself as a tri-continental country.
With such a diverse collection of regions that comprise the country, it’s no surprise that Chile offers some absolutely stunning sites for travelers to discover. Known for its vibrant cities as much as its pristine natural wonders, Chile is home to everything from premiere ski destinations to surfing havens off their tropical islands. With so much to discover, we recommend first time visitors explore as much as possible, and our 12-Day “Best of Chile” tour is a perfect option to accomplish just that.
To strike up some inspiration and bring this unique to life, we have rounded up some of our favorite Instagram photos featuring Chile’s most photogenic destinations. Take a look below and let us know which one looks most fascinating!
Santa Lucia Hill
Located in Chile’s capital city, Santa Lucia Hill is a dreamy destination that is not only home the iconic yellow facade above, but also provides incredible vistas overlooking Santiago as well as San Cristobal.
This Chilean island is located at the southeastern most point of the Polynesian Triangle and is famous for its 887 monumental statues, called moai created by the early Rapa Nui people. Needless to say, this is a can’t-miss photo opportunity!
Torres del Paine
Torres del Paine is a national park encompassing mountains, glaciers, lakes, and rivers in southern Chilean Patagonia. Famous for its trekking, this region offers some of the most stunning natural landscapes in South America.
San Pedro de Atacama
San Pedro de Atacama is a small town in the driest desert in the world. Little adobe houses, cozy restaurants, and sweeping views make this one of Chile’s most spectacular sceneries. Visitors flock to the destination each year to explore the native ruins of the native peoples.
Nicknamed the “Land of Eternal Spring,” Arica is Chile’s northernmost city, situated just 10 miles from Peru. The laid-back port city is home to some incredible beaches and is a favorite locale for surfers from all over the world.
Archipiélago de mágicas islas y pequeños islotes en Chiloé, sur de Chile 🇨🇱 . . Foto: Flickr de Silviapef #chile #chiloe #archipielago #colorido #postal #paisaje #oceanopacifico #belleza A post shared by Vivir Sudamérica (@vivirsudamerica) on
Chiloé is the country’s fifth largest island and is home to a fiercely independent, seafaring community. The unique personality of the island are immediately apparent, and the destination is well-known for its unique landscape, stilted homes along the water’s edge, and wooden churches (16 of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites).
This coastal city is known for its steep funiculars and colorful clifftop homes. It was also home to Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, and his quirky residence is now a museum open to the public.