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Unusual places to visit in Santiago

Santiago, the capital city of Chile, bursts at the seams with its vibrancy, culture and diversity. There’s so much to see here that you could easily spend a week and still not see it all. If you find yourself in Santiago looking to head a little more off the beaten path or to find the locals’ favorite locations to discover the ‘real’ Santiago, try these locations!

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What happens if there’s an emergency in Chile?

When something happens – a natural disaster, political unrest, or disease outbreak – in a country you’re traveling to or in, it can be unnerving to say the least. When you travel with Ecochile, we’ll be in contact to help you every step of the way to answer any questions or to modify your travel plans if necessary. But if you’re curious or looking for peace of mind, here we’ll explain what each one means and how it can affect visitors. 

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How to prepare for altitude

If you’re heading to San Pedro de Atacama, Uyuni, La Paz, or Salta, you will be blown away by the cultures and wildlife that thrive in these challenging conditions. But in these towns and cities at 2500-3000m (8200-9800 ft) above sea level, you might also find yourself affected by the altitude. 

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Crossing the Chile-Argentina Border

The Andes Mountains form a spectacular border between Chile and Argentina, stretching 5,308 km (3,298 mi). Crossing between the two countries will offer you some incredible views and the chance to experience two unique and dynamic South American countries. We’ll help you with the planning and logistics of hopping over the border, but if you’re keen to know more, keep reading for the requirements, what to expect, and the sights you’ll see on the way!

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Yerba Loca: Hiking in the outskirts of Santiago

Outside of the hustle and bustle of Santiago, lies some of the city’s hidden but magnificent charms. Once you’ve finished exploring the busy streets and green parks of the Chilean capital, head out to the mountains, like the Yerba Loca Park, for a totally fresh perspective. 

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Visiting the Wildlife Haven of Iberá Park

Esteros del Iberá is one of Argentina’s best kept travel secrets. A wildlife reserve in the wetlands of northeast Argentina, this national park offers one of the most unique experiences you can have. Its spotlight on caring for the environment, protecting nature in all its forms, and the serenity and untouched feel of the place only adds to the charm of this conservation project that has opened its doors to tourists. 

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Why you should visit a Patagonian Estancia

Visiting a Patagonian estancia is a must for any trip to this incredible part of the world. They offer you an insight into the unique culture of the people who live amongst the epic landscapes of Chilean and Argentinian Patagonia and exclusive trekking and horseriding opportunities. We spoke to Ian MacLean about life on the estancias and why everybody should visit one.

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Where to go kayaking in Patagonia

Patagonia is definitely up there as one of the best places to kayak in South America, if not the world. Alongside glaciers, between the mountains of a fjord, and at the base of some iconic mountains, kayaking in Patagonia is a unique way to experience the incredible beauty of Chile and Argentina.

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How to ask for your customized trip

We pride ourselves on our ability to tailor each itinerary to every traveler’s needs. But if you’ve never asked for a personalized itinerary before, maybe you’re used to planning your own vacations, here are a few tips to help ensure that we do the very best we can for you. 

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A week on Easter Island

In August 2023, Claudia, one of Ecochile’s Travel Specialists, visited Easter Island to see how the island’s tourism has changed since the pandemic. One thing that was adamantly clear was that the magic and charm of Easter Island remains as fascinating and enticing as ever.

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Waking up to (arguably) the best view in Patagonia

Mallín Colorado is one of the most magnificent yet humble accommodations you can find. Perched on a hillside overlooking the General Carrera Lake as it glimmers in the sunlight, this is a place where any traveler of the Carretera Austral can not only find refuge, but also discover the wonders of the region of Aysén, Chile.

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Relax and unwind in Chile

There are a lot of reasons to travel: to discover new cultures, to meet amazing people, to see new things. One of the best reasons is to slow down from the rush and pressures of daily life. If, for your, it’s about taking it easy, slowing down, and even enjoying a few luxuries, keep reading to see what Chile has in store for you. 

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