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Chile is a wonderful holiday destination, where you can find mountains, forests, lagoons and beautiful beaches. Its major tourist attractions are the volcanoes and the national parks. From the crowded Cerro Quielol National Park to the unexplored wildernesses of the Chiloi National Park, you will come across many scenic forest destinations in Chile. The Torres del Paine National Park is famous for its splendid natural beauty, where you can explore the craggy mountains and green meadows, or go hiking on one of the many mountain trails. Chile attracts travellers for its natural scenery that includes beaches, mountains, geysers, forests and volcanoes as well as a wide range of adventure sports. The abundance of national parks in Chile brings trekking and hiking to the forefront of outdoor activities. Adventurous travellers can enjoy river rafting, mountain biking, climbing and horseback riding. Chile is a long and constricted country, wedged between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes. It is characterized by various flora, fauna, scenery and climate. It's a paradise for tourist, especially for those who enjoy adventure. Chile Tourism comprises the exclusive natural features of salty desert top to glacier covered bottom. You can explore the desert, the rainforest, the Patagonian wilderness, or Santiago’s urban attractions. There are also activities for every taste, such as skiing in the Andes, visit the Pacific Coast beaches, see the Easter Island statues or tale a cruise from Punta Arenas to Antarctica. But natural beauties are not the only thing you can see in Chile, but there are a number of places to visit in this narrow tapering country.

SANTIAGO AND ITS SURROUNDINGS

Santiago is the capital of Chile and one of the most recommended cities for tourism and business trips in South America. The history, art and civic tradition are spread throughout its museums, art galleries, and artisan’s centres. A beautiful city located at the foot of the Andean Mountains and a place where we can find different attractions.
In this city, as well as in Valparaiso and Isla Negra (both at less than 100 km far from Santiago) tourists can have a touching approach to the life and work of Pablo Neruda, Literature Nobel Awarded, when visiting his museum houses.
Santiago is the starting point to travel through the highways towards the North and South of the country and to different places of the Central Valley, such as the Coast Mountain Range, passing through soils with agriculture crops and vineyards, base of internationally well-known Chilean wine production.
A very nice experience is the famous wine tour that allows tourist to visit famous vineyards located in the outskirts of the city. Visiting the Cajón Del Maipo or Pomaire is also highly recommendable. The first one, a place of mountains and relaxation to spend a quiet weekend or even a day, and the other, a famous place for its pottery and handicrafts along with typical gastronomy, such as “pastel de choclo” (corn pie) or diverse sea dishes.
Another attractive option is to take a tour to Viña del Mar and Valparaiso, visiting on the way a vineyard in the Casablanca Valley.
Framed by the Pacific Ocean and the Andean Mountains Range, the fertile valleys of the central zone offer a large selection of recreation and adventure activities, from the nautical and the beach in its littoral, to the practice of sports in the ski centres; to know the harbour activities; to practice agro tourism, visit farms full of history and enchantment, and to become imbued with history, folklore and national culture.
Near the capital you can find the picturesque port-city of Valparaiso, whose urban inner part has been declared a World Heritage Site. Its neighbouring city, Viña del Mar, is well known for its attractions, casino and beaches. To the North of Santiago, the city-resort of La Serena and the Elqui Valley, a charming place with magic of its own and centres of alternative medicine and meditation, with clear skies.
The leader star product, wine, outcrops where the sun heats the grapes in valleys such as Casablanca, Aconcagua and Maipo, and to the south, those of Cachapoal, Curicó, Colchagua and Talca. All these regions are marked by strong traditions and are known as the “Zona Huasa”, where traditional events take place such as the “trilla” (threshing), horse taming, the rodeo, grape harvest festivity and selling of typical crafts.

ATACAMA DESERT

Indigenous people arrived to this region about 10000 years B.C. One of the most arid and toughest deserts of the whole planet, if you feel the need to please your tireless explorer’s spirit, then you have to visit the northernmost part of Chile.
You will be able to know the acculturation and religious syncretism processes, product of the invasion and domain of many different cultures. The Aimarean and Atacamanean villages, most of them established in the altiplano, are currently coexisting with the rest of the millenary and surprising cultures: traces of the Incas’ Route; vestiges of the Pre-Incasic Atacamanean Culture; Chinchorro mummies, 3 thousand years older than the oldest Egyptians ones; different manifestations of rupestrian art, including the amazing geoglyphs and pre-Colombian structures mainly built for defenses and strategic purposes (pucarás); next to ghost villages such as Humberstone and Santa Laura, declared World Heritage Sites and witnesses of the formerly saltpetre mines prosperity.
Folklore and religious festivities are the best way to have an encounter with the past. Its scenery of 1.500 km of coastline and a desert flanked by the high peaks of the Andean Mountains is exceptional for tourists to experiment fascinating experiences in a highly contrasting nature, with snow-clad volcanoes, warm beaches, altiplano lagoons, salt lakes, pampas, national parks, valleys and ravines with an amazing flora and fauna.

EASTERN ISLAND

Declared World Cultural Heritage by the UNESCO, Isla de Pascua National Park, also known as Rapa Nui or Te Pito or Te Henua, is famous for its moais, millenary ceremonial human-shaped statues made of volcanic stones, that along with 300 ahu (ceremonial platforms) are remnants of a culture full of mysteries that still haven’t been discovered and which antecedents are kept in the local museum and library.
Juan Fernandez Archipelago, known for its mysterious Robinson Crusoe Island – in which Alexander Selkirk (1740-1708) lived in complete loneliness and inspired Daniel Defoe – has an exclusive ecosystem with more than 100 endemic vegetable species and animals, such as the red hummingbird and the two hair fox. Its unexplored lands allow the access to genuine natural beauties, reason why it was declared as a National Park and World Biosphere Reserve, ensuring their preservation.
Isla de Pascua as well as Robinson Crusoe has a warm and nice climate during the entire year, with an incomparable shore apt for diving, due to the clearness and temperature of its waters. Instructors and equipment are available to facilitate the access to the amazing submarine flora and fauna and to sport fishing, whose practice invites to capture lobsters at open sea.

LLANQUIHUE AND TODOS LOS SANTOS LAKE

It is situated around 1.000 Km South of Santiago, in the Los Lagos Region, Llanquihue is the second largest lake of Chile, on whose banks the people can find the cities of Puerto Varas, Frutillar and Llanquihue, along with the villages where it is possible to appreciate the influence of the german settlers in its architecture, handicrafts and in the delicious gastronomy.
Some of the recommended activities by tourists, are fly fishing of salmon like species, in Llanquihue and Todos Los Santo’s lakes as well as in the Rivers Maullín, Pescado, Blanco, Tepu, Petrohué and in Cayutué Lagoon. The fishing season in Llanquihue Lake extends from September 15 to the third Sunday of May.
Other water-sports that can be done are rafting, kayak, canoeing, windsurf, canopy and floating. You can also enjoy nature by climbing the Osorno Volcano; go trekking in the Puntiagudo, Calbuco and Cerro Tronador, along with ornithology and a photographic safari in the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park.

SAN RAFAEL LAGOON

This natural area characterized by a large variety of attractions located in the area of the austral channels, isles, fjords, thermal springs and snowdrifts. In its cold waters, in the middle of the beautiful landscape of sculptural glaciers, a wide array of birds and aquatic animals can be spotted, most of the time while resting on icebergs that float on the greenish waters.
One of the highest of the Northern Patagonian Icefields, San Rafael Glacier surprises tourists with uproars produced by huge pieces of ice that break from the enormous ice mass and fall to the lagoon.
Sailing to the south of Chacabuco Port, the main attractions are Quitralco thermal springs, a resort with both covered and open air swimming pools; Nalcayec Island, with waters suitable for marine activities such as canoeing; Bahía Exploradores, a strategically positioned place that in the near future will be a short cut from Camino Austral to Puerto Tranquilo, accessing San Rafael Lagoon after sailing 2 and a half hours; Laguna San Rafael National Park, declared Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, and the San Rafael Snowdrift, an ice wall of about 100 m height coming from the Northern Patagonian Icefields and whose huge bluish ice blocks fall in the lagoon’s waters.

TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK

This National Park is located at 3.090 km. South of Santiago, and at approximately 3 hours and 45 minutes by plane to Punta Arenas city.
The park has an spectacularly beautiful landscape, trails qualified to do trekking, and thus travel through different scenarios of pampas, black magallanean forests, lakes and lagoons with icebergs and imposing glaciers, all of this surrounded by huge rocky masses that characterize the figure of the Torres del Paine.
Nirre and lenga forests cover the huemules, condors, nandues (South American ostriches) and guanacos.
Currently, this national park is the only one in the region that has the best infrastructure and facilities, tourist lodging, not to mention the wide variety of guided excursions such as horseback riding, trekking, sailing, walks on ice and kayaking, among others. It has been declared biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.
The different excursions offer the possibility to enjoy a variety of landscapes and different ecosystems that embrace a incredible flora and fauna, experience that will be the predilection of adventurers and tourists fond of trekking. These factors have been an ever increasing reason for the affluence of a great number of tourists from all over the world to visit this wonder of nature.

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