Chile Travel Maps

Santiago and Vicinity

Chile’s capital is an underrated metropolis of quality museums, lively neighborhoods and nightlife, and outstanding restaurants. Vineyards in the vicinity complement its gastronomic progressivism, and a high wild backcountry offers white-water rafting and kayaking and major ski resorts, barely an hour away.

Map of Santiago and Vicinity, Chile

Santiago and Vicinity

Map of Bellavista and Vicinity, Chile

Bellavista and Vicinity

Map of Gran Santiago, Chile

Gran Santiago

Map of Santiago (East), Chile

Santiago (East)

Map of Santiago (West), Chile

Santiago (West)

The Chilean Heartland

Nearly surrounding Santiago, the heartland stretches from the Río Aconcagua south to the Biobío. A transect would pass from its rugged coastline over the rounded coastal range and through the alluvial central valley to the andean heights.

Northwest of Santiago, the hillsides and winding alleyways of Valparaíso offer one of the continent’s greatest urban experiences. Nearby, beach resorts cluster around Viña del Mar, and unassuming Pichilemu has become one of South America’s top surf spots. Several river valleys have become well-traveled wine routes for visitors from around the world.

Map of Chilean Heartland

Chilean Heartland

Map of Concepción, Chile


Map of Valparaíso, Chile


Map of Viña Del Mar, Chile

Viña Del Mar

Norte Grande

Chile’s “Great North” comprises the arid Atacama coast, precordillera “foothills” reaching nearly 4,000 meters, and the altiplano, punctuated with volcanoes that soar to over 6,000 meters.

Most of the population lives in coastal cities like arica and Iquique, and oases like tourist-magnet colonial village san Pedro de atacama. This is a change from a century ago, when many lived in nitrate company towns (oficinas) that are now ghost towns. Footprints also remain from pre-Columbian times, when the population clustered in coastal fish camps, farmed the valleys, and tended llamas and alpacas in the altiplano (which some still do).

Map of Norte Grande, Chile

Norte Grande

Map of Iquique, Chile


Map of Arica, Chile


Map of Antofagasta, Chile


Map of San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

San Pedro de Atacama

Norte Chico

The semi-arid region north of Santiago has some of Chile’s best beaches, a scenic shoreline with abundant wildlife, and skies so clear that international astronomical organizations have built observatories on their fog-free heights. Foreign visitors to this region are few, but the open-minded come away satisfied and often thrilled.

Map of Norte Chico, Chile

Norte Chico

Map of La Serena, Chile

La Serena

Map of Copiapó, Chile


The Chilean Lakes District

Known popularly but imprecisely as Chile’s “Lakes District,” south of the Río Biobío, the Sur Chico (“Lesser South”) is a wonderland of rivers, lakes, forests, and volcanoes, and the homeland of the Mapuche Indians. Within this vernacular region lies the Chiloé archipelago, a UNESCO World Heritage site rich in scenery, architecturally distinctive homes and churches, and extravagant folklore.

The Sur Chico is popular with Chilean and foreign visitors alike, and it’s common to cross the Andes into Argentine Patagonia here. It’s also the official starting point for the Carretera austral, the discontinuous southern highway that’s linked previously inaccessible parts of southern Chile to the mainland, and for the ferries whose services help fill the gaps.

Map of Sur Chico, Chile

Sur Chico

Map of Lago Villarica and Vicinity, Chile

Lago Villarica and Vicinity

Map of Pucón, Chile


Map of Puerto Montt, Chile

Puerto Montt

Map of Puerto Varas, Chile

Puerto Varas

Map of Temuco, Chile


Map of Valdivia, Chile


Map of Vicinity of Puerto Varas, Chile

Vicinity of Puerto Varas

Aisen and Continental Chiloe

Chile’s most thinly populated region, Aisén (Region XI, formally speaking) is islands-and-highlands country that resembles British Columbia and the Alaska panhandle. For purposes of these maps, it also includes the southernmost part of Los Lagos (Region X), often known as “continental Chiloé,” where the tiny ferry port of Caleta Gonzalo is the de facto starting point of the Carretera Austral.

The Carretera austral is Patagonia’s greatest road trip, but off-the-highway sights like Laguna san rafael (accessible by boat or air taxi) are highlights in their own right. There are numerous national parks and reserves along or near the highway, and Parque Pumalín and Valle Chacabuco may be South America’s most audacious private conservation initiatives.

Map of Northern Patagonia

Northern Patagonia

Map of Coyhaique, Chile


Magallanes and Tierra del Fuego

South of Aisén, Chilean Patagonia consists of jagged, forested mountains and uninhabited islands bordering inland seas battered by Pacific storms. Rain and snow feed surging rivers and the sprawling glaciers of the Campo de hielo sur, the southern continental ice field.

The major city is the regional capital of Punta arenas, while Puerto natales is the gateway to the igneous spires of Torres del Paine. Across the Strait of Magellan, Chile and Argentina share the broad steppes and mountainous grandeur of Tierra del Fuego, where Ushuaia is the world’s southernmost city.

Map of Southern Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego

Southern Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego

Map of Ushuaia, Chile


Map of Puerto Natales, Chile

Puerto Natales

Map of Punto Arenas, Chile

Punto Arenas

Map of Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, Chile

Parque Nacional Los Glaciares

Map of Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Chile

Parque Nacional Torres del Paine

The Chilean Pacific Islands

It’s hard to imagine destinations more exotic than Easter Island, whose enigmatic stone statues are instantly recognizable anywhere in the world, or more romantic than the Juan Fernández archipelago, a World Biosphere Reserve that also gave literature the Robinson Crusoe story. Both islands are small, dormant volcanoes that have risen out of the ocean.

Easter Island remains an open-air archaeological wonderland that tenuously blends Polynesian culture with the South American continent.
Castaway Alexander Selkirk’s lonely exile, fictionalized by Daniel Defoe, put Juan Fernández on the map, but its unique flora and fauna are equally noteworthy.

Map of Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Chile

Rapa Nui (Easter Island)

Map of Isla Robinson Crusoe, Chile

Isla Robinson Crusoe

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