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If you’re looking for a country with friendly people, stunning vistas and tons of adventure, then Chile is the place for you. But sometimes, it’s good to go beyond the major sights and check out something different. Here are some little-known things to do when travelling solo in Chile:

Take a cooking class

CHILEAN FOOD. Fish soup CALDILLO DE CONGRIO served in clay bowl, top view. copy space
  • Look for a cooking class that specializes in Chilean cuisine. You’ll get the most authentic experience this way, and you may learn some local recipes you can use when you return home.
  • Ask about any dietary restrictions before signing up for your class. Many restaurants are used to accommodating vegetarians and vegans, but it’s still best to check beforehand in case there’s something specific that needs to be avoided by everyone involved.
  • Dress comfortably—no heels or other high-heeled shoes! You’ll likely be asked to stand for long periods of time and move around and prepare food with others, so make sure your clothes are loose enough so that they don’t restrict any movement on your part (or anyone else’s). If possible, try wearing pants that have an elastic waistband instead of a zipper, so that there is no risk of getting stuck with them down during any activity associated with the cooking class itself.
  • Bring along anything from eating utensils such as spoons/forks/knives etc., plates/bowls if needed and napkins/paper towels if available (in case of spills occur).

Shop for some souvenirs

If you’re looking to buy souvenirs, don’t just settle for a cheap t-shirt or keychain. Instead, try to find something that’s unique to the area and will be useful for you. Here are some ideas:

  • Buy food! If you’ve gotten a taste for local cuisine, then why not take a few cans of your favourite Chilean treat home with you?
  • Buy things that are useful! Perhaps there’s an item in Chile that could make your daily life easier—a gadget or tool that would make cooking more fun, for example. Maybe it’s an item made from natural materials instead of plastic (like these eco-friendly bamboo products from Patagonia). Or maybe there’s simply something creative and cute, like these wooden animal figurines carved by artisans across Latin America!
  • Buy things that can be worn! Traditionally woven alpaca sweaters have become popular tourist items throughout South America but they’re also beautiful works of art as well as extremely warm pieces of clothing—and they come in many sizes so no matter what body type or height someone has there should be one available that fits comfortably without being too tight or too loose either way.”

Enjoy a sunset view

The best time to go to the beach is at sunset. The best time to go to the mountains is at sunrise. The best time to go on a walking tour of Santiago is during lunchtime when you can see all your favourite landmarks from a different perspective and get an early taste of Chilean culture before returning home in time for dinner with friends or family. And while it may not technically be possible for someone who doesn’t live there, if you’re visiting Chile’s capital city during this beautiful season (which lasts from May through October), don’t miss out on what has been called “the most important cultural phenomenon in all of Latin America”: La Feria de Abril Chile’s largest annual festival takes place every spring over several weeks and includes parades along Avenida Libertador General Bernardo O’Higgins (a major road that connects downtown Santiago with its far northern outskirts), art exhibitions throughout various neighborhoods around town; concerts featuring some of Latin America’s greatest singers; street fairs featuring samples from local eateries’ menus; amusement park rides at Parque Metropolitano; fireworks shows celebrating both holidays like Easter Sunday and national holidays like Independence Day on September 18th (Chile declared independence from Spain after winning battles against its Spanish colonizers back in 1810); performances by politicians—some running for reelection—and other celebrities such as musicians/comedians such as Los Tigres del Norte whom perform live shows each night throughout their years-long residency here

Young tourist on the view point at sunset

Visit the museums

Most people think of museums as good places to take kids or boring adults, but you don’t need to be a kid to enjoy them. Many museums in Chile are free and provide an interesting glimpse into the country’s history, culture and way of life. Here are some of the best museums that you can visit:

  • Santiago Museum of Pre-Columbian Art – Located in central Santiago on Calle Moneda, this museum has an extensive collection of pre-Columbian art from all over Latin America. The building itself is beautiful with its granite exterior, colorful stained glass windows and historic interior design that features murals painted by Chilean artist Jaime Gómez Correa. It’s open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am until 7 pm with guided tours starting every hour on the half hour from 10 am until 2 pm (closed Mondays).
  • National History Museum – This museum is located in downtown Santiago on Avenida Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins No.2900 between Calles Irarrázaval and Santa Rosa de Lima streets (it’s only open Tuesdays through Fridays). The National History Museum contains collections related to Chilean history dating back as far as pre-Hispanic times up through modern times; there are even exhibits dedicated specifically for children!
Natural History National Museum at Quinta Normal Park - Santiago, Chile
Natural History National Museum at Quinta Normal Park – Santiago, Chile

Stay at a Bed & Breakfast

Choosing a good bed-and-breakfast is important because you’ll be spending time there. You want to make sure that it’s clean and has good reviews.

  • Choose a place close to the city centre. It’s more convenient for getting around, but not too close—you don’t want to be next to the bars or clubs if you’re looking for some peace.
  • Choose one with good reviews from other travellers who stayed there before you!
  • Make sure it offers a good breakfast spread every morning, whether it’s continental or full-on Chilean fare like paila marina (seafood stew). Most B&Bs will have tea/coffee machines so you can get your caffeine fix no matter when your first cup of coffee was brewed in the morning!

Having a good time goes beyond the major sights.

There are many things to do when travelling solo in Chile. If you’re looking for a way to have a good time while getting off the beaten path, here are some ideas:

  • Explore the local culture. Chilean culture is rich and diverse, with influences as far-reaching as Europe, South America and Asia. The nation has produced everything from great writers and musicians to renowned scientists, historians and artists. You can learn about Chilean history at museums or even get an up-close look at ancient artefacts from indigenous cultures on display at archaeological sites throughout the country.
  • Explore the local cuisine. Food is an essential part of any trip abroad; it helps give travellers an intimate look into new cultures by allowing them to experience what life is like for locals through their dining habits (and sometimes even their preparation methods). In Chile’s capital city Santiago alone, there are over 300 restaurants specializing in dishes unique only within this region—and that doesn’t even scratch the surface when it comes to understanding how diverse this cuisine can be across all regions of this country!


I hope these tips have given you some inspiration for your next trip to Chile. I can’t wait to hear about all the great things you discover on your own adventure!