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Mountains to Malbec: Essential guide to Chile

Nestled comfortably between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean you will find Chile, a South American country bursting with beauty, culture and the opportunity for adventure. Few countries offer as diverse a selection of attractions as Chile does, from bustling cities to rolling landscapes to unpolluted skies that are just perfect for stargazing.

However, when thinking about a holiday destination, Chile is not usually at the top of peoples’ lists because the sheer amount the country has to offer can sometimes seem a tad overwhelming. Luckily we’re on hand to help with some tips for travellers to the country that will help you make the most out of your trip. So put down the brochures and relax as we bring you your essential guide to Chile!

Where to stay
Hotel Chile

Most who visit Chile will stay in Santiago and quite rightly so too, it really is the heart of the country making it easy for visitors to really get stuck in and experience the Chilean lifestyle. However, it's not the only place to stay and if you have time you should definitely consider heading to Easter Island for a couple of nights for some peace and quiet. 

What to do
Rapa Nui Festival

On Easter Island you’ll find Rapa Nui National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is truly breathtaking. You won’t have to go far to find spellbinding views on the mainlaind either with the Andes always shawdowing over the city, and for those looking for extra adventure a hike up the mountains will offer some out of this world views of the Chilean civilisation below. If planning a tour of the country is not for you then leave it to us – we’re currently offering savings of up to £900pp on holidays to Chile, which include pre-planned tours, meaning all you have to do is enjoy the scenery and leave the organising and planning to us!

What to eat
Empanadas

The easiest and best way to experience another culture is through its food and Chilean cuisine will not disappoint. The mix of different groups that have passed through Chile over history has left it with a rich food heritage which combines flavours from all kinds of cultures. For a true taste of Chile empanadas are a must try. They consist of beef, onions and olives all combined in a dumpling which is then fried and they are a staple in any Chilean home.

Where to go out
Santiago

Nightlife is also a big part of the Chilean culture and it would be foolish not to head to a local bar to listen to some traditional music and learn the Chilean dances. Of course drinking is also a big part of Chilean life, and it doesn’t take a connoisseur to know that Chile produces some of the best wine (most notably Malbec) in the world. Don’t head to a fancy wine bar to sample the local wines though, instead take a stroll down Santiago de Compostela where you will find loads of bars that offer a great wine list all at more than reasonable prices! 

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