Destinations and options to continue your travels in our country, and all of South America
Options for entertainment and cultural activities in Chile
Our country has a grand cultural diversity. From north to south, all kinds of different traditions and festivals are held and are considered very important to the Chilean people. We will now provide you with a summary of attractive options for cultural festivals that you can attend during your stay in Chile.
Chile’s Summer Cultural Activities
Chiloé’s Cultural Festival: Traditional festivals in the Lakes Region (Los Lagos).
The magic of the big island of Chiloé stays alive through the different cultural festivals that are held throughout the year. Be it for religious traditions, commemorating historical events, or popular heritage, there are more than 20 cultural festivals in the summertime in Chiloé and they help unite the different communities of the area. Every festival is comprised of typical songs, gastronomical expositions and cultural activities. They are held in the following cities:
The grape harvest: The origin of wine
Wine production is an important characteristic of Chile since its origin. Inside a large wooden barrel, men and women squish grapes with their bare feet until its turned to liquid. This tradition is accompanied by gastronomical exhibitions, parades with floats and the election of kings and queens. This activity takes place in the summer months in communities such as:
- Santa Cruz
- San Felipe
Viña del Mar’s International Song Festival: Our grand musical celebration
In February of each year in the region of Valparaiso, Viña del Mar’s municipality organizes and hosts a musical competition that has over 50 years of history. The five day event is transmitted live on television and the radio and receives over 15 thousand spectators each night. Its tradition and achievements have made it the largest music festival in Latin America.
Chile’s Fall Cultural Activities
Cultural Heritage Day: The celebration of national culture
April is the month of cultural festivals in our country. Annually, the National Council of Culture and Art creates a program of various activities in hopes of creating connections of national art to the population. On the first Sunday of that month, all the country’s museums are opened to the public free of charge.
Chile’s Winter Cultural Activities
Indigenous New Year: Getting back to your roots
The night of June 24th continues to be an important date for our indigenous people. This day celebrates the indigenous New Year, a time when you give thanks to the earth for its fruits and warmth. Additionally, the “We Tripantu” or “return to the sun” is held in various locations throughout the country during the last weekend of June.
Celebration of San Pedro: The celebration of the fishermen
One of the most traditional activities in Chile is when the fishermen give thanks to Saint Peter, their patron saint. The participants take his altar out to sea in a boat, and there they ask for abundant fish, good heath, and a calm sea. Practically all the cities on Chile’s coast celebrate their own version of San Pedro, adding local elements from each area. In Valparaiso, for example, the procession is accompanied with a grand carnival of costumes. It is also common to have dances and costumes from the north of Chile. Like all celebrations, San Pedro is accompanied by food and drinks custom to the area, with an abundance of fish and shellfish prepared in different ways.
La Tirana Festival: Don’t miss this tradition from the region of Tarapaca
During the week of July 12th through the 17th, the region gets dressed up to celebrate the town of the Tirana. Year after year, more than 200 thousand tourists and pilgrims greet the Virgin of Carmen amidst the “diablada” or the devilish one. It is known as the carnival where the locals dance to expel the demons from their town. In addition, masses, arts and crafts expositions, and gastronomic tastings are held.
National Holiday: The celebration of Chilean Identity or “Chilenidad”
On September 18th, all of Chile commemorates another year since the first gathering of the national government. Typical foods and drinks like empanadas, barbeque, chicha and red wine are the natural accompaniments for this celebration enjoyed with the national dance “Cueca” and traditional Chilean games.
Chile’s Gastronomic options
Our country is full of options that will make your trip unforgettable. Get to know some of the places you can’t miss from north to south.
- Los Hornos Cove in La Serena: Considered to be the preferred gastronomic destination for visitors to the región of Coquimbo, seafood empanadas and fish are served at many placed in this fisherman’s cove. In this same area you can also find arts and craft expositions with many different products for sale.
- El Cardonal Market in Valparaíso: You can enjoy incredibly delicious seafood at very low prices, in addition to traditional national dishes. Valparaiso’s central market is located downtown in a traditional building constructed in 1907.
- Bellavista Neighborhood in Santiago: Located in the community of Recoleta in the Metropolitan region, this is a typical place in the capital to eat traditional Chilean dishes. Various restaurants have diverse ambiances which makes this neighborhood a constant attraction for visitors.
- Angelmó: Situated in front of Tenglo Island in Puerto Montt, Angelmó is a bay full of restaurants and local arts and crafts typical to the area. With various prices and menus for all different tastes to choose from, you can really enjoy visiting the south of the country.
Options for traveling from Chile to South America
For many, Chile serves as a point of departure for various trips through South America. For this reason, many of our visitors continue their adventures from Chile to countries like Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, and Brazil, among others. We’d like you to know how you can continue on one of these routes, depending on the zone of Chile you are visiting.
For example, if you are in the north of Chile, you can travel on to Peru and visit the marvelous Archaeological Park of Machu Picchu. Built in the mid-15th century, this indigenous city protects the vestige of the original habitants from this part of America.
Likewise, if you are in the center or south of Chile, you can travel on to different areas of Argentina. Mendoza and Bariloche are some of the cities that receive visitors from Chile each year, due to the closeness they have with certain parts of our country. In addition, you can travel 2 hours by plane and arrive the trans-Andean capital of Buenos Aires.
Finally, you would have a long trip if you’d like to travel to Brazil by land. This trip allows you to stop in countries like Bolivia or Paraguay, whereas if you decide to travel by plane, in just 5 hours you could be in Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo.