With over 2,500 miles of length, Chile provides tourists with the unique opportunity to visit various topographies and climates.  There is so much to see including the Atacama Desert, Andes Mountains, and Patagonia.  During my visit, I focused most of my time near the capital city of Santiago as well as the Atacama Desert.  Below are my ten favorite photos from my time in Chile.  I hope you enjoy “Buzzin’ Around Chile in 10 Photos.”

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Photo #1 - Andes Mountains from the Gran Torre - Santiago, Chile

Andes Mountains from the Gran Torre
The Smog Trapped Against the Andes Mountains

As the tallest building in Chile, the Gran Torre provides a great view of Santiago and the Andes Mountains. This picture was taken from the observation deck of the Gran Torre. Notice how the smog was trapped against the Andes Mountains. To learn more about the Gran Torre, click HERE.

Photo #2 - The Piedras Rojas - Atacama Desert, Chile

Piedras Rojas
The Piedras Rojas of the Atacama Desert

The beautiful red rocks of the Piedras Rojas are located in the higher elevations of the Atacama Desert.  This picture was taken looking towards a shallow salt lake during my tour of the Lagunas Altiplanicas.  To learn more about the Piedras Rojas, click HERE.

Photo #3 - Looking Down from the Bluffs of Valparaiso, Chile

Plaza Anabal Pinto - Valparaiso, Chile
A Beautiful View from the Bluffs of Valparaiso

The Pacific resort city of Valparaiso is located about two hours from the capital city of Santiago.  Valparaiso is famous for its colorful streets and beautiful bluffs.  This picture was taken about a third of the way up one of the bluffs.  To learn more about Valparaiso, click HERE.

Photo #4 - Licancabur Volcano - Atacama Desert, Chile

Valle de la Muerte and the Licancabur Volcano
Licancabur Volcano Seen from the Valle de la Muerte

Chile’s the Atacama Desert is one of the driest places in the world. During my first day in the Atacama, I took a tour of the Valle de la Muerte (Death Valley). This picture was taken looking towards the Licancabur Volcano from one of the stops on the Valle de la Muerte tour. To learn more about the Valle de la Muerte, click HERE.

Photo #5 - The Chaxa Laguna - Atacama Desert, Chile

The Chaxa Lagoon - Part of Flamingos National Reserve
The Flamingos of the Chaxa Laguna

The Chaxa Laguna is part of the salt flat known as the Salar de Atacama and is known for its beautiful flamingos. The flamingos feed on brine shrimp that live in the brackish water. This picture was taken during a day tour of the Chaxa Laguna, looking towards a beautiful pink flamingo. To learn more about the Chaxa Laguna, click HERE.

Photo # 6 - Inside Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos - Santiago, Chile

Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos
The Andes Mountains Seen From Inside Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos

During my visit to Santiago, Chile, the Chilean soccer team was coming off a thrilling victory in the COPA América. As a result of winning the championship, their national stadium, Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos, was open for touring. This picture was taken from about the fifth row of seats looking towards the Andes Mountains. To learn more about Santiago and the national stadium, click HERE.

Photo #7 - San Pedro de Atacama - The Gateway to the Atacama Desert

San Pedro de Atacama
The Licancabur Volcano Seen from San Pedro de Atacama

The tiny town of San Pedro de Atacama is known as the Gateway to the Atacama Desert.  Located two hours from Calama Airport, San Pedro de Atacama has plenty of hotels, restaurants, and shops.  This picture was taken looking down one of the streets towards the Licancabur Volcano.  To learn more about San Pedro de Atacama, click HERE.

Photo #8 - Lake Miscanti - Atacama Desert, Chile

Lake Miscanti
Beautiful Lake Miscanti

Lake Miscanti is one of the High Elevation Lagunas of the Atacama Desert. During my visit to the Atacama, I took a day tour where Lake Miscanti was one of the stops.  This picture was taken about halfway down the path that led from the parking lot to the take.  To learn more about Lake Miscanti, click HERE.

Photo # 9 - The Pacific Coast - Vina Del Mar, Chile

Pacific Coast - Vina Del Mar
The Pacific Ocean Seen From Vina Del Mar

Vina Del Mar is a resort town on the Pacific Coast of Chile.  This picture was taken walking down one of the public beaches.  To learn more about Vina Del Mar, click HERE.

Photo #10 - Four Guanacos - Atacama, Desert, Chile

Four Guanacos
Four Guanacos Grazing and a Setting Moon

During a tour of Lake Miscanti in the Atacama Desert, our driver stopped so we could photograph these four beautiful Guanacos. The picture opportunity was enhanced by a setting daytime moon. This photograph was taken just a few steps off the road.