Chile: 3 Must See Cities

Chile is a long, narrow country with lots of coast, mountains, and cold Patagonia plains. The natural beauty of the country is breathtaking, and is a main attraction for numerous foreign visitors. However, the city life in Chile can be strikingly vibrant as well. Due to the country's diverse regions, the vibe of each Chilean city is distinct. Therefore, visitors who wish to fully grasp Chilean diversity should make it a point to explore several cities, each full of interesting sites and culture. There are many fabulous cities in Chile that are worth a visit, but here we have narrowed the list down two three towns you absolutely cannot miss during a Chile vacation. 1. Santiago. Santiago is the capital of Chile and is the country's largest city. It is also the entry point for most foreign visitors. It is true the city can be crowded and overwhelming, but it is worth spending a few days of exploration here as well. Santiago has grown in international appeal in the past few years, its popularity assisted by a new modern and extensive public transportation and numerous high-end restaurants. A lively nightlight and a close proximity to weekend get-a-ways, including the coast, provide numerous weekend options.

2. Puerto Varas. Puerto Varas is a small, charming town in Chile's Lake District. The town is a haven for lovers of the outdoors because it is surrounded by stunning lakes, mountains, and forests. It has cool weather year round, with temperatures ranging between 40 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Settled by Germans in the mid-1880s, there is strong German influence here, both in food and architecture. A leisurely walking tour of the town's colonial homes from the early 1900s is a highlight of many visitors' trips.

3. Valparaíso. Valparaíso is a funky, colorful seaside down that clings to cliffs and mountains overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The down is only 70 miles from Santiago, and 5 miles from the famous South America beach resort Viña del Mar. One of the main attractions of this town are its famous ascensores -- cable car type contraptions that were build in the late 1800s, and that connect the haphazard hilltop neighborhoods with the flat city center below. Views from the top of the hills are spectacular. Valparaíso is a haven for artists and poets, and it is hard to find a better collection of character-filled bars anywhere else in Chile.


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