Paul Schicke
Written by Paul Schicke Manager E-Commerce & Direct Sales at Quasar Expeditions

Updated: September 24, 2021
Published: November 01, 2016

Patagonian Gauchos standing next to horse

Chile is one of the HOTTEST travel destinations this year with a record 5.4 million international visitors expected. Lonely Planet have even ranked it as one of the best places in the world to travel in 2016!

The rapid growth of Chile as a tourist destination has fueled the economy with the development of more hotels and tourism facilities to meet the growing demand.

So, why is Chile oh so HOT right now?

1.) It's Cheap!

The value of the dollar means that coming from the US, you’ll have more spending money which = more exploring, shopping, eating and nicer hotels. The Chilean unit of currency is the peso (CH$). Bank notes come in denominations of 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10,000 and 20,000 pesos. Coin values are one, five, 10, 50, 100 and 500 pesos, although one-peso coins are fast disappearing, and even fives and tens are uncommon. Current Conversion Rate (Buy/Sell) CLP/USD = 651.11.

Traveling to Chile on a Budget

2.) It’s Easy to Get There

Chile is becoming more and more accessible with American, Delta and LATAM offering direct, daily flights to Santiago from many US cities.

3.) You Can Pre-Book National Park Campsites

The growing popularity of the stunning Torres del Paine National Park means that you can now book refugios and campsites in advance, so you don’t have to worry about not being able to find a place to sleep once you’re there.

Traveler sitting atop a Quasar Jeep looking out to Torres del Paine National Park

4.) It’s a Gateway to the Rest of South America

It’s a great base from which to explore the rest of South America.

Getaway to Patagonia, South America

5.) Your Winter Escape

Chile is in the southern hemisphere so when it’s cold and wet back home you can pop down to Chile to enjoy a second warm and dry summer or even experience Christmas and New Year’s on the beach!

Couple standing on cliffside to view glacier field

6.) Stunning Scenery

Many photographers rank it as one of the best countries in the world for photography so you can snap up some pics that’ll take your Instagram, Pinterest, and other social media to the next level.

Stunning scenery in Patagonia

7.) Unique Wildlife

Whales, Orcas (Killer Whales), Seals, Alpacas, Pumas (Puma tracking tours) and Penguins are just some of the animals you can see in Chile.

Group of penguins in Patagonia

8.) It’s an Outdoor Adventurers Paradise

Stunning beaches, volcanoes, glaciers, impenetrable forest and the stunningly snow-capped peaks of the Andes are all waiting to be explored. Chile has it all!

Adventure hiking in Patagonia

9.) Pochito (the happy-drowsy feeling following a satisfying feast)

Pronounced po-chee-to, this Chilean slang word perfectly describes how you’ll feel after tasting Chilean cuisine. With world class wine in Chile, soulful dishes and modern takes on traditional favorites, Chile will be a favorite with the foodies.

Indulge in a delicious meal while staying at Aguas Arriba Lodge with Quasar

10.) It’s A Top Destination to Celebrate New Year’s Eve

The picturesque seaside city of Valparaíso is home to the biggest New Year’s Eve fireworks show in all of Latin America. If you’re looking for a large party, join 1 million people for a 3-day beach bash with live music and confetti-filled streets. Don’t forget to wear yellow underwear! Traditionally, it’s good luck.

Top Destination in 2016: Chile

While Chile’s tourism officials are busy developing more hotels and tourism facilities to handle its new HOT status, get busy planning your next adventure by downloading our FREE Chilean and Patagonian itinerary and travel information.

See Yourself Exploring Chile?
Paul Schicke
By Paul Schicke
Manager E-Commerce & Direct Sales at Quasar Expeditions

Hello! My name is Paul. I am a photographer, traveler, teacher and writer. I have extensive experience in travel to Galapagos, Peru, Patagonia and the western seaboard of South America specializing in ways travelers can experience these once-in-a-life destinations like locals on the road. Lover of wine, chocolate, travel, coffee, and helping others plan vacations of a lifetime!