I’ve traveled to many places around the world, but the most surprisingly amazing country I’ve ever visited would have to be Chile. I had the opportunity to journey to Chile on a whim and hadn’t previously thought much of the sliver-shaped country, but it ended up becoming one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. From the cultured and classic Santiago, the vibrant Valparaiso, to stunning Patagonia–Chile has it all.
Chile has to be one of the most interestingly shaped countries in the world. It averages only 110 miles east-to-west, but is massive from north-to-south (2600+ miles), so Santiago is a great central hub to base your travels. During our stay in Santiago, we had the chance to get outside of the city and explore the Andes through the famous Maipo River Valley with Ando Andes. The valley is most famous for its amazing wine (which we absolutely took advantage of) but the stunning Andes mountains are also not to be missed.
Our drive to the valley took us about 2 hours south of Santiago through some of the craziest mountain views I’ve ever seen. A quick stop at a waterfall, were we saw massive vultures circling the cliffs above.
Our journey took us further into the valley, toward a small German town built at the turn of the 20th century. We stopped at the famous Club Aleman Andino, a German social club in existence since 1924 that was created by German colonists to South America after World War I.
We had a wonderful German lunch at the social club and had the chance to get to know our fellow tour takers. For me one of the most exciting things about traveling is meeting people from around the world. Our small tour had travelers from India, Asia, Europe, and the US. It was exciting to share what we had all seen in Chile so far.
Overall it was a great day and a great meal in a beautiful setting. I highly recommend making Chile a destination on your bucket list and the Maipo Valley cannot be missed!