Get Inspired / South America / Chile Chile Highlights, South America Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / South America / Chile Chile Highlights, South America story by: Contiki Northern Chile An area of snow-capped volcanoes and bizarre desert, with strange rock formations, endless salt lake beds and pristine aqua lagoons. Home to the Atacama Desert, an area 1,000kms long and virtually rainless, and the town of San Pedro de Atacama, a special little place offering unique exploring and experiences. Vina Del Mar & Valparaiso Situated just an hour away from Santiago, Valparaiso is Chile’s principal port and second-largest city. Its centre has cobbled streets and is overlooked by precipitous cliffs and hilltop suburbs which are accessed by cable car and stairway footpaths. Vina del Mar, Chile’s local beach resort area, next to Valparaiso, offers a sub-tropical landscape with turn-of-the-century mansions on both the river and beachfront. Easter Island Lying 3,700km west of the Chilean mainland, Easter Island is the world’s most remote inhabited island. It is famous for the 887 colossal statues (moai) carved from volcanic rock that are scattered around the island. It is a UNESCO world heritage site with much of the island protected within the Rapa Nui National Park. In the 1800’s a series of disasters reduced the population down to 171 local Rapa Nui. From then, the population has slowly recovered to about 2000 people but they sadly lost a lot of cultural history and knowledge about the island. The Lakes District – tretching almost 339km from Temuco in the north to Puerto Montt in the south, The Lakes District covers two of Chile’s regions. Here dense forest, snow-capped volcanoes, lush farmland and deep, clear lakes can be found hidden for the most part in the mountains. Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street CBD: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist 3 Action-Packed Adventures in the Andes Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Where should I go in South & Central America? Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.