3 Things to do in Chile 

 December 4, 2020

By  Wilson

Chile stretches from basically near Antarctica to the south of Peru’s border. When we think of Chile, we think amazing wine and mountains, right? Well you wouldn’t be wrong.

Upon landing at Santiago Airport, I was absolutely mesmerized by the Andes right away. For this trip, I spent the majority of my time hiking Patagonia… so brb, daydreaming I was back there already.

How I Got There

As usual whenever I travel, I either take a United flight or search for the cheapest flight on kayak.com. I wrote an article about how I stick to flying on United as much as possible to cash out big with my miles.

For this trip, I flew to Santiago from Houston on the cheapest flight I could find on kayak.com. So that was Aeromexico.

Here were my top 3 favorite experiences in Chile.

1. Patagonia – Chile: W-Trek

Surprise! This was once in a lifetime, and I’m incredibly fortunate I had the opportunity to do this hike.

We did the W-trek and made it to Torres Del Paine on a gorgeous day.

Chile: W-Trek

Chile: W-Trek

Chile: Hiking Trip

Chile: Hiking Trip

Unlike some of the other hiking trips I’ve done, altitude sickness was never an issue, and we were never higher than 1200m (3900 ft).

This was really my first major hiking trip; and I was sore, delirious, and hungry hangry all the time, but the natural beauty of everything about this track made it all worth it.

2. Patagonia – Chile: Glacier Grey

We did Glacier Grey as an optional part of the W-Trek. Pisco Sour on the boat with the view of Glacier Grey around us? Um, hell yes.

New Zealand Routeburn Trek Squad

This was also the New Zealand Routeburn Trek squad. PC: Neomi’s camera.

Ice Hike

This was the ice hike! We got into our ice-hiking boots and walked around. Everything was so blue and gorgeous.

3. Santiago de Chile

Ok, city time. We went to San Cristobal Hill for the city landscape view.

San Cristobal Hill

San Cristobal Hill

When we came down from the lookout, we were able to make it down to Pio Nono, a lively street.  On that street, we stopped by this really cool bar called Loft Restobar (Google Maps location). We also stop by Plaza de Armas and La Moneda Palace (Google Maps location) shown here:

La Moneda Palace

La Moneda Palace

Where I Stayed

I stayed at an Airbnb near San Cristobal Hill. By the way, I wrote a separate article on How I Choose Where I Stay when I Travel.

If I Had More Time, I Would Have…

Visited Valparaiso during New Years. Or just for fun. I’ve heard amazing things about the coastal and beach city near Santiago.

Atacama Desert I have heard is very underrated.

I would love to do a wine tour in Chile when I make it back.

Closing Remarks

The purpose of the Chilean trip was to visit Patagonia, but after being around other Chileans and being around the city of Santiago, I have the strong urge to visit the other parts of the country.

So low key side note, when I went to Chile, I spoke zero Spanish. Now that I’ve gone through my Latin American experience… (will detail in a future post), I wonder how that will impact my experience when I return.

Because I plan on visiting the Patagonia side of Argentina. And when that day arrives, I would love to hop over to Chile and visit again.

Final Grade: A


ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Hi, my name is Wilson, founder of WFH Nomad. I was born and raised in the US, and I boast engineering and business degrees from top programs in the US. I work a normal, WFH job for a great company in America. I am extremely passionate about traveling and my job in the Tech industry, and the best part of the WFH Nomad concept is that I can do both at the same time.

I have traveled to over 47 different countries in my lifetime and I look forward to continue this lifestyle for the foreseeable future. Thanks for visiting the website!

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