We went on a #minubetrip to Chile that we’ll never forget!

There are few places on Earth quite like Chile. Don’t believe us? Just ask Iain Mallory, Clemens Sehi, Christelle Labruyère, and Ignacio Izquierdo, the travelers who visited this amazing country on our last #minubetrip.

Cerro de San Cristobal

Their first stop was Cerro de San Cristobal, one of the most iconic and famous landmarks in the Chilean capital of Santiago. It’s a prominent hill in the city center that offers an unparalleled panorama of the city in all of its splendor. Don’t worry, there’s a cable car in case you left your hiking boots at home! The best part is that it’s only one of several amazing viewpoints located around the city, one of the most popular of which is the spectacular Cerro Santa Lucía.

Ceviche in the Mercado Central

Santiago is also the cultural hub of the country, so don’t miss a visit to the Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts, one of the city’s top attractions in terms of art and architecture. There’s nothing like exploring the museum’s vast halls to work up an appetite, so our travelers also stopped by the Mercado Central, Santiago’s main marketplace and a great place to soak up the rhythm of local life and try some of the country’s freshest cuisine.

Viña del Mar

After Santiago, Iain, Clemens, Christelle, and Ignacio also visited Viña del Mar, a coastal town near the capital that’s famous for its thermal spas and beautiful beaches like Playa de Reñaca, one of the country’s top summertime destinations.

Viña del Mar isn’t all beaches, though, there are also great cultural attractions like the Museo Francisco Fonck or the Casa de Pablo Neruda, home of the Nobel prize-winning author, which is located in the nearby town of Valparaiso. La Sebastiana, as Neruda’s house is commonly known, was one of the writer’s primary residences and it was transformed into a museum after his death. Not only is it a lovely visit for history and literature fans, but it also offers some of the most beautiful views over Valparaiso.

Murals in Valparaiso

Speaking of which, Valparaiso is famous for streets decorated with vibrant and colorful murals. This is no mere graffiti we’re talking about, the works that lines the streets of Valparaiso are veritable works of art!

As beautiful as Chile’s cities are, no visit to the country is complete without venturing to Chile’s spectacular countryside, which ranges from the snowy peaks of the Andes to one of the world’s most incredible natural wonders: the Atacama Desert. As you can imagine, Iain, Clemens, Christelle, and Ignacio weren’t going to pass up the opportunity!

Valle de la Luna

This beauty you see above is the aptly-named Valle de la Luna (which translates to “Valley of the Moon”), a place whose otherworldly landscape will make you feel like you’ve literally stepped onto another planet. Or, venture to the Valle del Arcoiris (“Valley of the Rainbow”), a river valley thus named for its spectacularly colored rocks.

Laguna Chaxa

Though the Atacama Desert is one of the driest places on Earth, that doesn’t mean it’s not full of life! Our travelers also visited Laguna Chaxa, a salt lake in the vast desert that’s home to hundreds of bright pink flamingoes.

And this is only scratching the surface of all the amazing places there are to see in Chile! If you’d like you discover all of the places that Iain, Clemens, Christelle, and Ignacio discovered, have a look at this list which outlines the entire route. Our travelers sure won’t forget Chile, and neither will you!

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