Whether it’s the plethora of activities available like trekking through Torres del Paine National Park, salsa dancing classes in the capital of Chile, Santiago, basking in the warm weather all year round, sampling art galleries or visiting the vineyards of the Maipo Valley, Chile has something for every traveller.

Foodies can savour the street fare like the Chilean Empanadas — filled with minced meat, onions, raisins, black olives and hard boiled eggs. Another favorite is Completo, a Spanish hot dog with all the trimmings like mayonnaise, tomatoes, onions, pickles and sauerkraut.

It’s no surprise then that the South American country has reached sizzling new heights of popularity with the Research Division of the Tourism Department of Chile reporting a 10.8% growth in Aussies visiting the region. Chile welcomed 50,968 Aussies last year. According to Chimu Adventures and the Tourism Authority of Chile, other factors contributing to the influx of Aussies include the “increased air capacity, value for money and reduced misconceptions regarding distance and accessibility.” South American airline LATAM and Qantas have both increased their capacity into South America over the last three years and brought competitive deals to Aussies wanting a Latin holiday.

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