7 Must-See Sights and Photo Ops for Anyone Visiting Chile for the First Time

A rich history. Stunning sights. Surprisingly budget-friendly.

That’s South America in a nutshell.

Although South America may not be your top choice for your next vacation, we’re inviting you to reconsider.

Despite rumblings about safety, the continent attracts millions of visitors per year to tons of tourist-friendly spots sprinkled among Brazil, Argentina, and Chile just to name a few. Bear in mind that anywhere has its “rough” areas and making the most of your trip simply requires some planning.

Also consider that South Americans are more than welcoming to tourists. With so many natives abroad sending remittance payments to Chile and neighboring nations, anything that stimulates the local economy is plus in their eyes.

And speaking of Chile, there’s perhaps no better place to plan a South American vacation given its wealth of things to do, amazing photo ops and endless miles of shoreline.

Don’t take our word for it, though: the breathtaking sights of Chile can do the talking for us.

Seriously, though. Whether you already have your sights set on Chile or are mulling over where you want to go in South America, we’ve highlighted seven spots in the country which are totally to die for.

Easter Island

Okay, you knew this was going to be on the list, right? Yes, you’ll have to take a flight from the mainland to check out this remote island; however, seeing the Easter Island Heads in the flesh represents something you can cross off your bucket list.

Atacama Desert

Cited as the driest place on the planet, the Atacama Desert is a prime spot for photographers and stargazers alike. Although the deserts and peaks against the sunset and fog are stunning enough, you can also catch a glimpse of one-of-a-kind wildlife such as flamingos and penguins.

Valle de la Luna

Literally translated as “Valley of the Moon,” this staple of the aforementioned Atacama Desert truly does feel like something from another planet. Strive to snag a snapshot during the sunset when the pink hue of the rock formations truly pop.

Chiloe Island

If you’re looking for something more quaint, look no further than Chile’s largest island. Brimming with colorful houses and churches in addition to the island’s equally vibrant plant life, you enjoy the sights of Chiloe at your own pace.

The Marble Caves

Photos of the stunning Marble Caves give you a taste of what this spot has to offer, but they most definitely need to be seen up-close. While booking a tour or kayaking might seem a bit off the beaten path, doing so is actually pretty cheap and definitely worth it.

Isla Magdalena

This island is famous for one thing and one thing only: penguins. Try to visit between November and March for ideal weather and to ensure that you see as many penguins as possible as you navigate the island’s trails.


There’s a good chance you’ll be stopping by the capital city at some point during your trek, right? Good! There are plenty of things to do in Santiago as well as photo ops to brag about to friends and family back home. For example, make a point to check out the views from Santa Lucia Hill and the statue of the Virgin Mary at the summit of San Cristobal Hill.

And that concludes our list! If you’re planning on visiting South America of Chile itself, make sure that you include at least some of these spots in your travel plans. You’ll be glad you did!