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Catedral de Marmol | © Javier Vieras / Flickr
Catedral de Marmol | © Javier Vieras / Flickr
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24 Photos That Prove Chile is Nothing Like You'd Expect

Picture of Will Lees
Updated: 11 December 2017
It’s fair to say that if you have not visited a certain destination, you cannot truly draw an accurate picture as to what it is like. It’s easy to emphasize stereotypes or well known characteristics about the place, but until you actually visit, you will be missing the mark. Chile is a shining example of this, and even if you have spent a lot of time in Chile’s neighbouring countries, it will still break down your assumptions, and never fails to impress.

With so much coastline, an incredible sunset every night is an absolute given

Chilean Coast
Chilean Coast | © Sergio BR / Flickr

But it’s not only the Pacific Ocean that will attract you to the water

Llanquihue Lake
Llanquihue Lake | © Leonardo / Flickr

Some places you will want to only admire from a distance

Others, you will be able to hear before you even see

Turn around to have your breath taken away…

As the scenery down here is unparalleled and untouched

Breathtaking Chile
Breathtaking Chile | © Mirko Thiessen / Flickr

Where the crisp blue sky meets the glowing green ground

Make friends of all kinds

In places you can’t imagine actually exist

Catedral de Marmol
Catedral de Marmol | © Javier Vieras / Flickr

But it’s not all rugged wilderness, rivers, and forests…

The north of Chile is also home to the famous Atacama Desert

Atacama Desert
Atacama Desert | © Jen Morgan / Flickr

As well as the incredible Atacama Salt Flats

Salar de Atacama
Salar de Atacama | © Miguel Vera Leon / Flickr

As well as Arica, the driest city in the world, which is always ready for a beach day

Birds in Arica
Birds in Arica | © neil haynes / Flickr

However, there is much more to Chile than the wilderness and the beaches

Sunset in Arica
Sunset in Arica | © neil haynes / Flickr

Chile is speckled with beautiful coastal cities, like Iquique

Or the bustling, beautiful city of Antofagasta

Central Plaza in Antofagasta
Central Plaza in Antofagasta | © Peter Collins / Flickr

The peaceful Japanese gardens in enchanting La Serena

Japanese Gardens
Japanese Gardens | © subberculture / Flickr

Or the artsy, colourful city of Valparaiso

Valparaiso Nightfall
Valparaiso Nightfall | © Rolando Velar / Flickr

Neighbouring Viña del Mar is a civilized, coastal paradise town and is a must visit as well

Coastal Road
Coastal Road | © mig rod / Flickr

Venture inland to visit the diverse and beautiful capital of Santiago

Which is especially beautiful from above, up at the Santa Lucia Viewpoint

View over Santiago
View over Santiago | © Cesar I. Martins / Flickr

Santiago impresses in many ways, including with how modern it is, paving the way for the country’s future

Modern Santiago Skyline
Modern Santiago Skyline | © fahrenheit75 / Flickr

Although a sprawling capital city, Santiago has quaint little areas and changes around every corner

Sprawling Santiago
Sprawling Santiago | © Alberto… / Flickr

So visit, create your own memories, and break your own preconceptions of this incredible country. Chile awaits.

Chilean Countryside
Chilean Countryside | © Max Besser Jirkal / Flickr