Looking at Chile on a world map makes it seem absurdly thin and absurdly long, as it stretches from South America's belly to its foot. It’s home to environments on both ends of the geological scale, from some of the world’s driest deserts to icy southern glacial fields.
Chile is a vast country, stretching for over 4300km. Here, diverse landscapes unfold - parched dunes, fertile valleys, volcanoes, ancient forests, massive glaciers, and fjords. There's awe in every detail and nature on a grand scale.
On our Chile tours, you can expect to see some of the most dramatic and beautiful regions of Patagonia, from the coast and Chile's largest penguin colony to high glaciers and spectacular mountains.
On our adventurous Chile tours, one of the highlights is the quaint and colourful city of Punta Arenas, which is easily accessible by domestic flight from Santiago or by road or cruise from Ushuaia. Another must-see destination is the small island of Magdalena – which is home to to the native penguins – here, you’ll soon see that the island remains largely untouched and holds an abundance of natural beauty.
We’ll take you to the forests and dramatic mountains of Torres del Paine National Park – famous for its soaring mountains, bright blue icebergs that break off glaciers, and golden pampas (grasslands) that protect rare wildlife such as llama-like guanacos. There are three granite towers that give the park its name, as well as the horn-shaped peaks known as Cuernos del Paine, are among its most iconic features.
Chile is a land steeped in history, and daily life is infused with indigenous and European traditions. Chile's cultural heritage is represented by seven UNESCO Cultural World Heritage sites. Furthermore, their diversity - from Incan roads to Polynesian Easter Island to 19th-century city quarters - demonstrates how long the land's history truly is. Similarly, they are an important part of Chile's tourist attractions and one of the many compelling reasons to book a Chile tour.
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Anthony has been a pleasure to work with and when he is not available, other members of the team respond in a timely manner. I have booked a total of 6 trips since December 2013 and plan to book more to fill my bucket list.
Encounters Travel did such a superb job in organizing this tour. I had never heard of them before going on the Maldives Magic tour, however now I will recommend them to friends/family and use them for my future planned trips.
Our tour is what made the trip that much more memorable. Rather than being plopped at a westernized resort, we were able to get a taste of how the locals live, eat and entertain themselves. We stayed in quaint guesthouses on the islands amongst the locals, ate authentic Maldivian cuisine (one day even with a Maldivian family who made us breakfast), and viewed a traditional dance/singing performance which was absolutely delightful. This was a trip of a lifetime that I will never forget.
There was a lot of communication from the beginning. The encounters staff was very responsive and the tour guide was great and very accommodating. Encounters was also able to help me with last minute changes to my itinerary while I was on the trip.
I liked the fact we were met at the airport and helped thru customs and getting a visa and then upon leaving taken to where we needed to go. Its always tough to figure out where everything is in a foreign airport when you do not travel much
Everything was great. Our guide was very knowledgeable and liked that we were interested in what he was telling us. We were lucky to be in a group with like minded people who also wanted to stay in places longer of which our guide accommodated. Only negative thing was the sitting train. Best to just take the flying option. Train was not bad but has no services, no alcohol, and breakfast was all carbs and an egg. Egypt really seems to like their breads and pastries....
This is our first travel through Encounters Travel and so far the arrangement is working very well. Our travel is not until April 2017 so I am more than hopeful all will continue to run as smoothly as it has so far.
Dial Code: +56
Area: 756700 sq. Km
Elevation: Highest Point: Ojos del Salado 6,893 metres (22,615 ft) | Lowest Point: Pacific Ocean, 0 metres
Population: 19.21 million (2021)
Government: Representative Democratic Republic
Offering diverse and breathtaking landscapes, Chile is a place like no other. You will be able to explore the most iconic and remarkable places.
There are mountains of places to explore such as the Torres del Paine National Park, Easter Island, Atacama Desert and Rapa Nui Parque Nacional.
It is also an adventure travellers paradise. Experience the adrenaline rush of skiiing, horseback riding, scuba diving and trekking.
As soon as you arrive on Chilean soil, you’ll definitely be welcomed with open arms. While in Chile, you’ll soon learn that there are some very peculiar social norms. Embrace the language of the locals as they express their vibrant culture and history.
You cannot leave Chile without indulging in the delicious cuisine. Experience an Asados, a barbecue that is the perfect social event to bring both the locals and the travelers together. Fun fact, the best Chilean food can be found on the streets. Try the empanadas, humita and the completo, you won’t be disappointed! What better way to pair this than with Chile’s famous wine selection.
Communities form an important part of the picture too. A European influence is obvious in the art and architecture of dynamic cities such as Santiago and Valparaiso. But it’s possible to find evidence of indigenous cultures: central Chile has been occupied by the Mapuche for thousands of years and descendants of Easter Island’s Polynesian Rapa Nui continue to live an isolated life on the mainland.
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