Chile is Ranked as a Top Travel Destination in 2015

SANTIAGO, Chile (January 15, 2015) – Chile has been recognized as a top travel destination for 2015, appearing in rankings released this month by several of the country’s most prestigious travel publications.

Ranking 5th in the New York Times ranking of 52 Places to Go in 2015, Chile’s Elqui Valley is recognized for “stunning starscapes, as well as more down-to-earth charms.”  The region has long been recognized by astronomers as one of the best places in the world for stargazing due to the clear skies of the Atacama Desert.  Beyond the observatories and stargazing tours, the profile also directs visitors to the region’s colonial towns and pisco distilleries.

TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, has announced Santiago, Chile, as the second leading destination on the rise in South America in the 2015 Travelers’ Choice awards for Destinations on the Rise.  The awards highlight 52 spots around the world that have seen the greatest increase in positive feedback and interest from the TripAdvisor community, year-over-year.

Santiago was recognized as “one of those metropolitan joys where the more you look, the more you find.”  From savory cuisine and trendy dance clubs to world-class art collections and architecture, Chile’s capital offers visitors a distinctive experience that can only be found in this South American cultural hub.

Travel+Leisure recognized Chile among the Best Places to Travel in 2015, noting that U.S. citizens are no longer required to pay a reciprocity fee when traveling to the destination.  While the Atacama Desert and Patagonia are popular regions, Travel+Leisure advises that the country offers much more to see, recommending a visit to the Los Lagos Region, Pucón, the Millahue Valley and the “underrated city of Santiago.”

Chilean Patagonia appeared on the Fodor’s Go List 2015, published by Fodor’s to highlight the 25 places in the world to visit in the coming year.  The feature highlights Patagonia as a “premier global destination for hikers and nature lovers,” noting that with the increase in flight connectivity to Puerto Natales and Chiloe, “this stunning region’s natural wonders have never been more accessible.”

Rough Guides featured Chile as number 6 on its People’s Choice ranking of the top 10 countries to visit this year.  The guide highlights Chile’s diverse landscapes, and notes why 2015 is a good time to pack your bags: “Chile might be smaller than some of its South American neighbors, but it certainly packs a punch. Visit in 2015 to soak up the South American football spirit when Copa América kicks off in Santiago de Chile in June.”

These rankings come on the heels of Chile’s recognition by Lonely Planet in October 2014, with the Atacama Desert selected among the top ten regions to visit in the 2015 Best in Travel listing.  Chile also appeared in theBest Value City Index ranking by Trivago, the world’s largest hotel price comparison website, with Valparaiso, Puerto Varas and Viña del Mar appearing among 100 can’t-miss destinations for 2015.

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