Chile: #1 Travel Destination 2018

Chile has been crowned the number one travel destination for 2018 by Lonely Planet, and we have to say that such a prestigious recognition is long overdue for this amazing South American gem. To add to the excitement, we at Surtrek thought it would be a good time to take a look at the variety of vacations in Chile; a great South American travel destination for families, couples and groups alike.

We have had a long love affair with Chile, touring and exploring the country from north to south, and out to the Pacific Ocean! We have unearthed the best hiking in Patagonia, ethereal wonders of the Atacama Desert, mystery on Easter Island and overall – some of the most spectacular landscapes in the world. It is this intoxicating mix that has caught the imagination of intrepid travellers of every kind, as Chile really does have something to offer everyone.

Family Vacations to Chile

Bond over amazing moments shared on holiday in Chile, with endless activities that grown-ups will love as much as the kids! Chile must be one of the best family holiday destinations in the world; it’s safe, full of outdoor excursions and unforgettable landscapes which simply do not exist anywhere else. Among the many once-in-a-lifetime adventures available across the country, it is stargazing in the Atacama Desert which often lives longest in the memory. Home to the clearest night skies on earth, Atacama offers an unmatched window into the universe, not only because of the nebula, constellations and galaxies on show, but also the otherworldly feel that this desert and nearby Moon Valley are known for come day, or night. Also in Chile, families are sure to love meeting King Penguins in deepest Patagonia, and pondering the mythical world of the Moai people on Easter Island – there’s no end of fun to be had for families visiting Chile.

Chile for Adventure Lovers

Thrill-seekers rejoice! Chile really is an adventure playground, and there are virtually limitless outdoor excursions to get the adrenalin pumping. From once in a lifetime bike rides through the Moon Valley, to glacier hikes in the Lake District; and from scenic treks in Torres del Paine to kayaking around Easter Island – among many others – the sky’s the limit when it comes to adventures in Chile. In Patagonia, choose your preferred mode of transport, and go – try 4×4 rides through Torres del Paine, climbing Osorno Volcano in the Lake District, or whizzing over the glacial fjords on a zodiac ride. It goes without saying that Chilean Patagonia is overflowing with hiking trails, so you can find your own slice of seclusion and adventure in this stunning wilderness. But this is just the tip of the iceberg – explore Easter Island’s coast and volcanic land, the Atacama Desert’s surreal geological formations, and the mountainscape of Aconcagua on a day trip from Santiago.

Romance in Chile

Home to a cosmopolitan capital awash with rooftop bars and restaurants; secluded spots across the Lake District; luxury boutique hotels and some of the best wine-tasting in South America; couples will not be disappointed with a romantic escape to Chile. Whether a honeymoon with a difference, anniversary or special trip for two, Chile will have you falling in love all over again. As well as all the aforementioned adventures to be had – perfect for active couples who love the great outdoors – Chile also charms couples with stunning views and indulgent pastimes, none more decadent than wine-tasting in the valleys surrounding Santiago and Valparaiso. Chile is famous around the world for its exquisite wines, and there a great number of boutique wineries, old and new, that invite you to come discover their varieties and learn about how the process of Chilean wine-making. Whether the Aconcagua Valley, Casablanca or Rosario, beautiful vineyard vistas and fine Chilean wine-tasting is a wonderful way to toast your special trip for two.

Chilean wine

Stevepb, “Wineglass” (Pixabay)

No matter what your group size, reason for travel, age or interests may be, there is an unforgettable trip to Chile waiting for you. Start building your holiday in Chile today by exploring our template tours and building your trip, your way!

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