Chile has many different experiences to offer visitors, from walking in the desert to seeing glaciers in the South of the country. You can walk through forests and go to lakes at the foot of volcanoes. You can feel right at home and comfortable here in Chile because of being with nature and the openness of the Chilean people.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Chile is from January to early March as this is their summer season and temperatures are high (around 25 degrees).
A lot of the Chilean cuisine consists of cooked meat with lots of seasoning to add bursting flavor to dishes. Popular dishes include Arrollado de Chancho (chunks of pork smothered in red ají -chili), Cazuela de Ave (chicken soup with pieces of meat, potatoes, green beans, rice or noodles). There is also Empanada de Pino which is a turnover (pastry) filled with diced meat, onions, olive, raisins and hard-boiled egg. Pastel de Choclo is a typical Chilean summer dish, with ground corn and meat, chopped onions small pieces of chicken, hardboiled egg, olives and raisins. As they are big on their seafood, Mariscal Crudo is a popular seafood dish that is soup with raw seafood.
History and Culture
It was originally aboriginals that founded Chile and they avoided contact with other Europeans, until the Spanish colonized South America. In the early 20th century, Chile saw an economic struggle due to the low production of work in the mines. Now they have recovered from this and are now one of the world’s most developed countries. The Chilean people are very religious and this plays a part in their daily lives; they are very close in family and greet people with a warm welcome.
Things to Do
- Take a ride over Santiago
- Visit the carved stone head figures at Easter Island
- Day tour to Cajon del Maipo
- Hike up the mountains in Patagonia