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How Amazing is Chile???

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1. Posted by Tashimay (Budding Member 12 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!


I am not sure what to do...
From Australia:

a.) fly to Salvador, Chile


b.) Fly straight to Buenos Aires, Argentina

It will be more expensive to go to Salvador - I have enough time however I am on a budget (isn't everyone?)

It will be cheaper to go straight to BA (even though it is further?) however there is the added Tax of $100 at the airport, and i miss out on seeing Chile

How amazing is Chile? I want to know what ill be missing out on???

....Also how is the drive from Chile to Argentina?


2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5174 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

I assume you mean Santiago in Chile, rather than "Salvadar"? As a city, it's okay - nothing really special. What's worth seeing is (imo) the same as in Argentina: Patagonia. An absolutely amazingly gorgeous landscape filled with mountains, lakes and glaciers, and awesome hiking. To get there I'd recommend flying (either from Santiago to Punta Arenas, or from Buenos Aires to El Calafate), so look at the differences in price between those. Then when you're there, you can easily cross the border by bus. (Puerto Natales to El Calafate is a very common trip).
Alternatively, if you have lots of time, look into a bus from Santiago de Chile to Mendoza (in Argentina), which is a gorgeous drive, and then bus south to Patagonia from there, which I've heard good things about.
Avoid flights between Argentina and Chile, as they're way more expensive than internal flights in either country.

3. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 1024 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Chile is a beautiful country.

Santiago is dull and mostly homely.

You can easily see anything worthwhile in the city in two days...I'm being generous. Climb the two hills, Plaza de Las Armas, the fascinating Cementario, nights in Bella Vista. Free museums every Sunday, (there are only two good ones, in my opinion. Walk along the Mapocho.... start looking for a bus.

I lived there for two years, having just returned. Don't plan too long in Santiago.


4. Posted by TravellingGuy (Budding Member 8 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hi Tashimay,

Chile is indeed amazing. From the dry desert in the north to the rugged mountains in the south, the country has lots to offer. My favourite areas are the south/extreme south. Worth visiting are (just off the top of my head): the island of Chiloe with its strange coloured churches and its palafitos (stilt villages), the rivers, lakes and volcanoes at more or less the same latitude on the mainland, the fjords and glaciers south of there and especially (if you like hiking) the Torres del Paine National Park near Puerto Natales. It was one of the most awesome parks I visited in the whole of South America. So there you go: Chile is pretty amazing.

Cheers - Guy

5. Posted by Tashimay (Budding Member 12 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!


I clearly meant to write Santiago.... not Salvador..... i was thinking about Salador in my head at the time as i am going there too :/ silly me!