Two weeks ago, while walking home from work, I got a Whatsapp message from Carlos with a link to a Lonely Planet article listing the best travel destinations of 2018. Aww, I thought. Carlos knows that I love reading these kinds of things. I then clicked on it only for my 3G not to open it… So, I replied Por donde vamos? (Where are we going?) We are already here, he replied.
Yes, Chile had been rated the best travel destination for 2018. Which is a pretty big badge to win! When I got home, I read the article and watched the accompanying videos. It’s amazing to live in a country which has been listed as the best place to travel, I reflected.
Chile, being far away from pretty much everywhere, is often not high up on people’s travel lists. It takes a long flight to get here from almost everywhere outside of South America, which means an expensive flight too. But, little by little, as more and more airlines fly to Santiago and the web explodes with photos of Chile (mostly Torres del Paine), it is definitely becoming a destination.
So, why has Chile been given this title? Well, it’s mostly due to Chile’s spectacular nature. Being so so long, it really does have every type of nature you could ever wish for.
I think images of Chile speak for themselves, and these are ten reasons why I think travelling to Chile is great:
MountainsColourViews of 1,500 year old treesTranquilityGlaciersTrekking opportunities SunsetsBeachesA bustling capital cityDeserts (that bloom!)Accessibility to nature from SantiagoWildlifeMuralsNatural colours
Not to mention the kindness of Chileans!
Where are you hoping to travel to in 2018?
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