Tourist routes: Get to know Chile with these recommended itineraries

Visit the main routes from each city, travel along them and enjoy them. Besides enjoying Copa América, we invite you to discover our landscapes, culture and local expressions.

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Routes throughout Chile

Eight routes from the country’s far north to the deep South make up Rutas Chile, an initiative of the National Tourist Board by which you can get to know impressive tourist trails that show off our natural and cultural heritage. Each route is split up into different circuits, created and thought out for you to discover Chile in depth while admiring its geographic beauty, its culture and – what is most important – its people.

Ruta del Desierto (Desert Route)

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Four regions and eight tours make up Ruta del Desierto, taking you on a journey along the appealing beaches of the coast, the fertile valleys in the midst of the desert and the fascinating ecosystems of the High Andes.

Ruta de las Estrellas (Star Route)

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It is impossible to get bored in the land of Pisco, which welcomes you on a journey rich in landscape and culture. Discover the mysticism of the stars that have inspired over the ages.

Ruta Capital (Capital Route)

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Santiago seduces the tourist with its varied gastronomy, cultures, architecture, entertainment, nightlife and much more, nestled between the sea and the mountains. Let yourself be enchanted by this city.

Ruta del Mar (Seaside Route)

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Feel the breeze on your cheeks while dipping your toes into the sand and hearing the waves crash… this and a lot more on the fascinating Ruta del Mar.

Ruta de las Islas (Island Route)

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Come with us and learn about Polynesian culture and see the enigmatic Moai of Easter Island, the history and biodiversity of the Archipelago of Juan Fernández and the rich culture of Chiloé.

Ruta Originaria (Indigenous Route)

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A route that lets you taste real Mapuche gastronomy, while offering walks through ancient araucaria tree forests not far from the sea. Spending time in the multicultural regions will give you a unique experience.

Ruta Carretera Austral (Austral Highway Route)

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A mix of adventure, adrenaline and relaxation is what defines this route as one of the most complete of its kind in Chile. The amazing experiences and stories you will be able to tell afterwards will surely encourage others to go.

Ruta Fin del Mundo (World’s End Route)

Being a long and narrow country makes Chile have wonders that no other country has, such as the eighth wonder of the world: Torres del Paine. The landscapes in this region do not exist anywhere else in the world and from this experience you will be able to say: “I was there”.

Heritage Routes

Along routes suitable to be traveled on foot, by bike or vehicle, the Ministry for National Goods is seeking to revitalize, conserve and ensure access to the physical and cultural areas and landscapes in Chile. Get to know the historic and cultural routes, natural paths and tourist tracks that are all close to the host cities.

In Antofagasta

Route N° 2: The former saltpeter works of Chacabuco

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In the midst of the arid Atacama Desert, 95 km northeast of the port of Antofagasta, are the former saltpeter mines and works of Chacabuco, declared a National Monument in 1971.

Route N° 14: San Pedro and Chiu Chiu – Lasana

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Organized along four different circuits, this route includes a trip through the ancient heart of the village, the Valley of the River San Pedro, one of the oldest churches in Chile, the desert and its archeological sites.

Heritage Route N° 25: Coastal Desert and the Mouth of the Loa River

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This Heritage Route is an alternative for knowledge and recreation for those traveling along route 1, which joins the cities of Antofagasta and Iquique, following the coast.

Heritage Route N° 35: Taltal, Punta Tórtolas; History and Desert by the Sea

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The Heritage Route along the coast from Taltal to Punta Tórtolas seeks to show the visitor the historic wealth of Taltal and reminisce its glorious mining past, rediscovered nowadays in the beauty of its heritage buildings.

Heritage Route Nº 64: Traditional and Popular Festivals in the North

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This Heritage Route takes in six villages where festivities are celebrated at different times of the year.

In La Serena

Heritage Route N° 22: Bay of Tongoy, Coastal Meadows

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This Heritage Route begins in the Cove of Tongoy in the far north of the bay of the same name and it then crosses three main wetlands: Salinas Chicas, Salinas Grandes and Pachingo at the southernmost end of the bay.

Heritage Route N° 23: Valleys near Los Andes

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This Heritage Route begins in the city of Los Andes where the more extensive valleys of the River Aconcagua begin and the entrance to the ancient Andean paths, ending in the poetic lands of Gabriela Mistral, the fertile valley of Elqui.

Heritage Route N° 39: Little north, a circuit of the coastal valleys

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The Heritage Route of the Coastal Valleys has a concrete structure that is well defined by four hinterland valleys linked with the coast over an initial hub (or end, depending on where you come from).

Heritage Route N° 42: The National Coastal Park of Fray Jorge

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This Heritage Route along the Dry Coast: the National Park of Fray Jorge is located in a coastal area in the Region of Coquimbo, Municipality of Ovalle, within the territorial context of the National Park of Fray Jorge.

Heritage Route N° 46: La Serena, Living heritage

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The city of La Serena is the second oldest city in the country. Originally, it was founded to the north of the Elqui River in 1544, but it had to be re-founded by Francisco de Aguirre due to indigenous uprisings.

Heritage Route N° 49: Gabriela Mistral

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This route seeks to maintain the legacy of this poet and Chilean Nobel Prize winner and her relationship with the region where she began her important work.

In Valparaíso

Heritage Route N° 8: Archipelago of Juan Fernández, Robinson Crusoe Island

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In the South Pacific emerges one of the most singular ecosystems on the planet: the Archipelago of Juan Fernández.

Heritage Route N° 15: Te Ara or Rapa Nui (Easter Island)

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Rapa Nui – or Easter Island – is one of the most isolated territories on the earth and it is where an amazing and ancient culture developed.

Heritage Route N° 24 City of Valparaíso, World Heritage Site

The city of Valparaíso was, until the 10th century, the southernmost point of contact with the outside world by a country confined by its location at the extreme tip of the Americas.

In Viña del Mar

Heritage Route N° 31: Gardens, castles and palaces overlooking the sea

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Called the “Garden City,” it has numerous public spaces with grand gardens, parks and plazas containing species both endemic and introduced, which, thanks to the bounties of the climate, exhibit a magnificent splendor at different times of the year.

In Santiago

Heritage Route N° 4: The Central Andes

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Located 86 km northeast of Santiago and following route G-25 toward the Maipo Canyon until you cross the Colorado River, you then take route G-345 to the northeast of the Colorado Canyon until the village of Alfalfal. Here you can enjoy the High Andes, glaciers and National Río Olivares Park.

Heritage Route N° 30: Santiago, fragments of a city

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The Route is split into seven districts: Bellavista, Lastarria, París-Londres, República, Concha y Toro, Yungay, Brasil and Quinta Normal. Prominent among them are each of their histories and heritage.

Heritage Route N° 48: Remembrance Route

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The Heritage Remembrance Route consists of several landmarks along three stretches: Alameda, Oriente and Surroundings.  The one that stands out the most is in the center of the city (Alameda) with such attractions as Palacio de La Moneda (Government House), the house on Londres 38, the Vicarage of Solidarity and the Salvador Allende Museum of Solidarity, among others.

Heritage Route N° 58: Recesses of a Popular Heritage

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You can get to know and travel along these different circuits quietly and at no rush; a fundamental requirement for becoming familiar with and enjoying the popular social scene of each.

In Rancagua

Heritage Route N° 11: Central Valley and the Royal Road to the Border

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Here you will have the opportunity of getting to know pre-Hispanic remains, such as the Pucará de La Compañía, small towns that still maintain a small church facing the village square or the typical constructions of adobe and tiles with continuous facades lining the streets.

Heritage Route N° 20: Royal Road and the Center of the District of Colchagua

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Along this route, you will be able to visit towns and villages that were key in the historic, cultural and economic development of the O’Higgins Region, and admire the natural landscapes and views in this region.

Heritage Route N° 40: Dry coastal area; the Royal Road along the coast

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The Heritage Route “Royal Coastal Road” is an encounter with rural spaces that are the true museums, reminding the visitor of times past and milestones in our history.

In Concepción

Heritage Route N° 36: Nahuelbuta, the mountains, coast and culture

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This route allows the visitor to see emblematic buildings and spaces such as the Main Square of Concepción, the Llacolén Bridge and the Large Lagoon of San Pedro.

Heritage Route N° 43: Heights of the Bio Bio, the Araucarias of Pemehue

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The layout of the route travels largely along an ancient forest path of different widths covered with petrified matter of different sizes.

In Temuco

Heritage Route N° 28: Valleys of the Araucanía, from Cautín to Ranquil

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This route begins in the city of Temuco in the central valley of the Araucanía, becoming an extraordinary opportunity to discover places off the normal tourist tracks.

Heritage Route N° 32: Lakes in the Araucanía, Peninsula of Licanray

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Prominent among its attractions are the viewpoints from where the modeled glacier can be viewed as well as a panoramic of Lake Calafquén and its islands.

Heritage Route N° 56: Coastal Route of the Araucanía. From Imperial to Budi

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This route consists of a circuit 142 km long that begins in the city of Carahue, then borders the northernmost side of the Imperial River, the northern coast of the region and, finally, Lake Budi; returning to the starting point again.

Heritage Route N° 60: In the footprints of Pablo Neruda in Temuco

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This route starts in the city of Temuco, between Cautín Island to the south, Ñielol Hill to the north, the public cemetery to the north-west and the Station sector to the northeast of the center of the city.