Chile

Summary
Overall rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4+ adventure travel stars

The Moai of Easter Island

The Moai of Easter Island

South America offers an incredible variety of fun and exciting things to do, and Chile is no exception.

From Patagonia through thousands of miles of pristine coastline and off to Easter Island, Chile is an experience you’ll never forget.

There are different thoughts about how Chile got its name. Probably the most accepted comes from the native Aymar word chilli, which means “the land where the earth ends.” A more accurate meaning would include “and where adventure begins.” Chile is one of the truly superb adventure destinations in South America.

You’ll find just about any kind of adventure you can imagine within Chile’s slender shape.

On one side you have the majestic Andes and the other the Pacific Ocean. The exotic allure of Patagonia will draw you to the south, and the beaches, lakes, rivers, steppe geysers, volcanoes and cultural experiences will entice you to move north towards the Peruvian border.

You do need to be careful in certain areas where natural disasters have plagued the land (like the town of Chait’n and the central Maule region of Chile), but vacations in Chile are generally free of crime, so using a little caution and common sense will keep you safe.

The bottom line: If you have a desire for adventures in the midst of spectacular natural settings then Chile is exactly what you need. You’ll find a wide variety of choices from high-adrenaline sports to cultural excursions that will absolutely astonish you.

Exotic Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – 5 adventure travel stars

Have you ever seen pictures of the surreal mountain peaks of the Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia? How about La Portada, a spectacular natural arch off the northern coast? If you enjoy extraordinary scenery, the exotic landscapes here will be the only reason you’ll need to choose a trip to Chile.

If you want more evidence of how exotic Chile can be then you can travel about 1,300 miles west off of Chilean shores and visit Easter Island, a special territory of Chile. There you’ll see the otherworldly Moai, which are the mysterious monolithic human figures carved from rock.

And the exotic nature of Chile doesn’t end with the gorgeous sights. You’ll meet fascinating people, observe a unique way of life and partake in a rich culture, which together makes Chile a unique and memorable experience.

Cultural Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

Chile has an interesting culture. On the one hand you won’t find lines drawn when it comes to race. They really don’t care if your roots go back to Europe, Asia, Africa or wherever. The color of your skin seems to be irrelevant

However, Chile will show you how class conscious they are. Those in the lower, middle and upper classes don’t mix very well, and no surprise, the advantages go to those in the wealthy upper class.

For a truly incredible cultural experience you’ll have to put Easter Island on your adventure list. The allure of the Moai statues will captivate your imagination and boggle your mind as to how these magnificent sculptures were created.

Even though Chileans aren’t so tuned into their racial and ethnic roots, their culture does reflect the influences from their native lands. The most apparent are from the Spanish, Basques and French as well as other European countries.

When in Chile you’ll taste the culture in a delicious cuisine that has leaned heavily on Spanish cooking for their savory foods, but later influences from Germany, Italy, France and the Middle East have added a rich diversity to Chilean dishes.

The flavors and colors of Chile’s cuisine have also been influenced by the close proximity to the ocean where they make the most of several unique species of fish and shellfish. It all comes together for a delightful gastronomic experience that you’ll not soon forget.

Adventure Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

Chile can cover a lot of ground from the southern tip of South America up to Peru, which is about 2,600 miles of adventure laden territory. So, when you explore adventure travel throughout Chile you’ll have a variety of activities to choose from.

If you like water-related adventures you’ll be able to find excellent white water rafting, canoeing and scuba diving. However, if you would you rather keep your boots on the ground you’ll find incredible trekking adventures, horseback riding excursions and snow skiing on some pristine white-powder mountains.

If you don’t like to get physical, or prefer the softer side of adventure travel, you’ll find plenty of exciting cultural tours, eco tours and nature trips to stimulate your mind and appease your curiosity.

Check out all the other opportunities below for your Chile adventure travel list.

Hard

  • Bungee jumping
  • Canoeing
  • Dog sledding
  • Four wheel drive trips
  • Hang gliding
  • Hunting
  • Ice climbing
  • Motorcycling
  • Mountain biking
  • Mountain climbing
  • Overlanding
  • Paragliding
  • Rappelling
  • Rock climbing
  • Scuba diving
  • Sea kayaking
  • Skydiving
  • Snorkeling
  • Snow shoeing
  • Snow skiing
  • Soaring (gliding)
  • Surfing
  • White water rafting
  • Windsurfing

Soft

  • Birdwatching
  • Cultural tours
  • Eco tours
  • Nature trips
  • Walking tours
  • Whale watching

Could be either

  • Backpacking
  • Bicycling
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Flying
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Hot-air ballooning
  • Quad-biking / ATVs
  • Sailing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Trekking
  • Wildlife watching

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