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Chile Cruises

Chile is one of the most unique places on earth, with much geographic diversity in its long, narrow 290,000 square miles of land. 

The southern parts of Chile are a maze of fjords, inlets, canals, twisting peninsulas and islands. The country’s 15 million people mostly live in urban areas, leaving much of the non-coastal areas sparsely inhabited. 

The glaciers here are usually top of the to-do list for anyone travelling in this part of the world – the Amalia Glacier and Pio X Glacier are stunning – cruise by and have your camera at the ready. Although no photo of these splendours could ever do them justice, without a doubt they’re a sight you need to see in real life. 

Top 5 interesting facts

  • Chileans call their country ‘país de poetas’ — country of poets.
  • Southern Chile features a string of volcanoes and lakes.
  • Many of Chile's vineyards are found on flat land in the Andes foothills.
  • Chile controls Easter Island and Sala y Gómez Island.
  • Over 3,000 species of fungi have been recorded in Chile.
 

Highlights

Rich history

Valparaíso is one of the most popular places in Chile to visit. This coastal city has colourful houses dotting the hilly landscape and is surrounded by the towering peaks of the Andes. The wine here is world-renowned, and sipping a glass or two while sitting at one of the many bars overlooking the ocean is an absolute must. 

Chile has been inhabited by humans for many centuries. The early humans on Chile’s mainland likely walked down through the Americas, across the bridge that used to span Siberia and Alaska. But the people who settled on Easter Island sailed there from Polynesia, crossing the Pacific on rafts to the island of Rapa Nui. 

Iconic sights

Southern Chile is rich in forests and grazing lands, with a long string of volcanoes, glaciers and lakes. At the southernmost tip of Chile you’ll find Cape Horn, once one of the most treacherous stretches of water for sailors to navigate, but thanks to modern technology it’ll be just another day at sea for your captain. It won’t be just another day at sea for you though, as you take in the stunning coastline and incredible natural scenery. 

 

Landscapes

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Rapa Nui National Park on Easter Island is a testament to the people who made that distant raft trip and settled on the island, living in isolation for thousands of years.

 They carved moai statues from volcanic rock in the centre of the island, and dragged the statues to the shoreline. You can see these incredible giant statues from the cruise ship as you cruise by, with the sight being very picturesque and unusual. 

Chile’s Bernardo O’Higgins National Park, where you’ll find both the Amalia Glacier and the Pio X Glacier is an absolute must-see on any cruise to Chile. No matter what time of year you go, the fjords are home to some incredible wildlife like sea lions, otters and condors. These, combined with the smaller glaciers and waterfalls, make this a truly magical part of the world. 

 

Ports in the country

 

Cruises visiting Chile

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