The incredible vistas… of Chile
Ribbon-like Chile extends from the glaciers and granite peaks of the Patagonian wilderness in the south, to the stark Atacama desert in the north. Scattered in between are world-class wineries, soaring volcanoes, glittering lakes and twisting fjords. And finally, lying out to the west of the mainland is Easter Island, with its mysterious Moai.
With breath-taking scenery available around every corner, Chile is home to a myriad of unforgettable highlights. Here we celebrate the range available, which you can easily visit with the first direct flight from London to Santiago, launching with British Airways in January 2017.
The Atacama desert
This dry, arid region in northern Chile is like no other place on Earth, and is home to numerous spectacular vistas.
Valle de la Luna: The Valley of the Moon in the Atacama Desert is aptly named after its lunar-like rock landscapes. The formations have been carved by water and wind over the years, with the beautiful and distinctive hills imparting a surreal feeling.
Salar de Atacama: The largest salt flat in Chile, the Salar de Atacama is surrounded by volcanoes and mountains, and is home to a number of flamingos.
Miscanti Lake: Towered over by nearby volcanoes and mountains, this heart-shaped lake is part of the Los Flamencos National Reserve.
Also known as Rapa Nui, this island is famous for its mysterious statues dotting the island. A Unesco World Heritage site, there are nearly 900 Moai, dating back to between the 13th and 16th centuries.
Some of the best views in Valparaíso are found by taking one of the numerous funiculars to the top of the city’s steep hills, to admire the colourful houses below.
Vineyards of Casablanca
The vineyards in the valleys of Casablanca (located between Santiago and Valparaiso), are well-known for their cool climate wines including Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
Set against the spectacular backdrop of the Andes, Santiago offers incredible views since the mountains can be seen from most parts of the city.
The German-influenced town of Puerto Varas looks directly across Llanquihue Lake to the snow-capped Osorno Volcano.
General Carerra Lake: The biggest lake in Chile, General Carrera Lake is shared with Argentina, where it is called Lake Buenos Aires.
Grey Glacier: Located in the west of Torres del Paine National Park, Grey Glacier (actually a dazzling shade of blue) is over 30 metres high and is 6 kilometres wide.
Lake Pehoé: The beautiful Lake Pehoé offers incredible views of Cordillera Paine in the background, and is home to flora and fauna – including wild guanaco.
Las Torres: The three pointed towers are known as Las Torres, a part of the Cordillera Paine mountain group. The tallest is the south tower, sitting at around 2,500m.
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Explore the interactive map below to discover where these vistas are located in the country: