South America

Santiago, Chile

I had the great luck of going to Chile for the first time, with one of my best friends who is from there so I got the real tour.

Chile is a beautiful country offering diverse landscape, given it’s long, narrow country stretching along South America’s western edge, with more than 6,000km of Pacific Ocean coastline. There is a lot to tackle but let’s start with Santiago – Chile’s capital and largest city – which sits in a valley surrounded by the snow-capped Andes and the Chilean Coast Range. It also boasts incredible wine, and was the home to magnificent poet Pablo Neruda! Its difficult political past (1973 coup) has given way to a new generation, carving out a modern future and the continued economic growth of the City is impressive. Read more on the history of Chile


Stay: Aubrey, W Santiago, Le Rêve, Grand Hyatt Santiago

Eat: Tierra Noble, Sukalde, Blue Jar, Liguria

See: Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes,Museo de Artes Visuales, Cerro San Cristobal, Metropolitan Cathedral, Saturday flea market on Plaza Mulato Gil, Concha y Toro vineyard

Side Trips

Valparaíso: This port city is known for its colorful, clifftop homes. La Sebastiana, the quirky former residence of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, is now a museum with far-reaching Pacific views.

Easter Island: A Chilean territory, is a remote volcanic island in Polynesia. Its native name is Rapa Nui. It’s famed for archaeological sites, including nearly 900 monumental statues called moai, created by inhabitants during the 13th–16th centuries.

*Watch a style snap shot from Santiago

Author: Carrie Mitchell

Carrie Mitchell is the founder and content director of L’Aventure Travel. She has traveled to over 40 countries, is the host of the Suitcase Sojourn Podcast, and author of the children’s travel book “To Be We: The Adventures of Owen and Lucy”. A writer, producer, entrepreneur, and communications strategist, Carrie is always seeking to learn from people and places around the world.