Colourful culture meets vibrant nature in this tantalising region. 

Rows of vibrant and colourful houses line the streets in Valparaiso in Chile.
We recommend visiting the kaleidoscopic coastal town of Valparaiso for any photography enthusiasts.

Surrounded by the magnificent snow-capped Andes, Santiago, the nation’s capital - and Chile’s largest city - is a dream destination. It's well-known for its vibrant nightlife and spectacular street dancing and boasts unmissable landmarks like Plaza de Armas, the Metropolitan Cathedral and the monumental La Moneda Palace. However, it’s by visiting Santiago’s colourful neighbourhoods that travellers start to get a sense of the city’s unique character. You’ll also find traditional Chilean dishes such as empanadas (filled pastries), pastel de choclo (beef and corn casserole), and Cazuela de Ave (Chilean chicken stew) all over the city. 

Ready to explore a little further afield? Just 72 miles (116 km) away is the kaleidoscopic coastal town of Valparaiso, where you can ride the funiculars, explore the UNESCO-listed historic quarter and enjoy some of the most breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.  Not far from Valparaiso is La Campana National Park. There are some great hiking trails, and light-footed explorers might even spot a huemul or two. Along with big cats like pumas and an abundance of birds, wildlife species are abundant here. It is fitting, considering its iconic Cerro La Campana, where Charles Darwin famously hiked. 

Just over an hour's drive from Santiago is Cajón del Maipo, a wild and mountainous area perfect for hiking and horseback riding. It also has some steamy hot springs! Sporty travellers can reinvigorate their senses with a spot of surfing in the laidback coastal town of Pichilemu before toasting their adventures with a refreshing glass of Carmenere from the Colchagua Valley; this is Chile’s lesser-known but exceptional wine-producing region. 

Your Luxury Northern Chile Trip Ideas

All of our Chile itineraries include visits to Central Chile, specifically Santiago, which is home to leafy parklands, rich history, colourful street art, chic cafes and excellent museums. The Chile Family Holiday, Chile Honeymoon, Classic Chile Tour and Luxury Chile Holiday itineraries also visit Valparaíso, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a colourful coastal city.

Your Luxury Accommodation Options in Central Chile

Wayfairer only partners with hotels that meet our standards for luxury and responsible tourism. Here are some of our favourites in Central Chile:

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