The Biggest Island in Chile
Tierra del Fuego, the biggest island in Chile (29.484 km2), territory of oil exploitation and the farms of sheep shearing, remains as one of the most unknown and intact on the planet. Its wide roads and pebbles that are snaking through the pampas are impressed by its endless horizons that seem to not have any destination. Heritage tours of Tierra del Fuego includes the route stays, timber, glaciers, Darwin (and his epic of the around the world). The Selknam route and the territories of hunting and fire. The route of the wetlands, birds and water, all proposals that are developed within a framework of unspoiled nature, which also forms part of the Karukinka Natural Park, a model of biodiversity conservation.
Natural Beauty at it’s best
Chiloé is located to 1,186 kilometers from Santiago and 90 kilometers southwest of Puerto Montt. To get must navigate by the Chacao channel for about 30 minutes on a shuttle that separates the Mainland from the northern coast of the isla Grande de Chiloé. This island is part of the archipelago of the same name, consisting of thirty not inhabited, some islets. The geography of the island is composed of fields, sea and forest, with its own culture which is reflected in its buildings, gastronomy and mythology. The stilt houses, colorful houses built on stilts over the water, are one of the great hallmarks of the island, as well as its churches, all of them built of wood between the 18th and 19th centuries. While more than 80 were characteristic of the island temples, only 16 of them have managed to be declared world heritage by the Unesco.
Places to visit in Chile
Best Places to visit in Chile
San Pedro de Atacama
311 kilometers from the city of Antofagasta is the oasis of San Pedro de Atacama, a parenthesis in life in the middle of the arid and desert. Surrounding nature offers a sublime spectacle of contrasts. The environment gives an account of an extraordinary geography, with smooth plains that end up in mountain ranges and volcanoes that rise above 6,000 metres, contrasting to the extensive and white salt lakes formed by groundwater that never reach the sea. San Pedro de Atacama, old goal of backpackers, is one of the destinations most desired by the tourists and foreigners, since it mixes the remote and inhospitable desert landscape, geological and archaeological interest and a varied offer hospitality.
Pichilemu should be the destination with greater tourism that emerged around the surfing in Chile. It is a traditional spa in the Center-South zone with one of the areas richest in the world in perfect, long, constant and cold waves. Virtually the entire area is rural. There are no large cities or ports, only some industries and a series of inlets of fishermen. Six kilometers to the South of Pichilemu is Punta de Lobos, which has become one of the most fashionable of all Chile beaches. There also was born the wave Punta de Lobos, where every day you can see surfers from around the world to gliding over tons of salt water.
Nevados de Sollipulli
84 kilometers east of the city of Temuco, in the mountains of the Andes, is Nevados de Sollipulli, a camp of green tents (domes) surrounded by ancient forests. This kind of ‘igloo’ are designed to have all the comforts of a hotel. The idea is that each traveler, after a good night’s sleep, be prepared to stay Max challenge: the ascent to the Sollipulli volcano, a 2.282 m Summit which aims to reward the gigantic snow-capped crater and a panoramic view of 360 degrees where all the volcanoes in the area are observed: Lonquimay, Llaima, Villarrica and the Argentine side , Lanín. The adventure is unique and surprising. It lasts a whole day, but there is also the possibility to sleep in a mountain camp for two nights and cross the glacier that extends along the crater, over 4 km in diameter.
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One hour from the city of Temuco, in the South of Chile and next to the Pacific Ocean, Budi Lake is one of the most photogenic and peaceful of the Araucanía destinations. The place you can reach sleep in their ‘rucas’, taste the cuisine and learn firsthand the secrets of the mapuche culture. With more than 100 species of birds, the Budi Lake is the southernmost salt water in the world, with a flora and fauna of a postcard. For years dedicated 100% to agriculture, the residents of the Llaguepulli community decided to form more than 10 years ago a tourist service cooperative. Those who visit the lago Budi can tour the area on horses, rowing boats, carts or learn of medicinal herbs, gastronomy, music and this beautiful enclave mapuche fabrics, the main Chilean ethnic.
Each year, the mountains of Chile are filled with snow and travelers who arrive in the country, attracted by the fame of their tracks, hotels, gastronomy, and hundreds of alternatives to enjoy the experience of the white sport. Here we review three examples of different complexes and the activities offered its facilities and nature. The center of ski Portillo, a mountain resort that has earned international recognition for its sophisticated hospitality and demanding ski off-piste, among other qualities, complements the activities of snow with the traditional weeks of wine, themed event that brings together the best wineries in the central area. In the case of Valle Nevado Ski Resort, it will open for the 2013 season the first gondola of the country, which will have a tour of 980 meters. Huilo Huilo biological reserve is the center of snow adventure forest Nevado. The complex has the only snowpark of South America, which operates 365 days a year, located on the slopes of the volcano Mocho-Choshuenco.
The small village in Northern Patagonia Futaleufu has become the international benchmark of the descent of whitewater in Chile. The category of the rapids (level IV and V), more an excellent hotel infrastructure of local character, be in cahoots so Futaleufu is today an unavoidable fate of the Carretera Austral. Download the Futaleufú always will have risks. This is a unique experience to the limit, but worth it worthwhile to try. Yes or Yes, with experts. Although you go screaming like a madman, you always have to take it very seriously. The river awaits adventurers with an intense color Emerald and their fierce rapids of promising names, Terminator, dance in Los Angeles, scale of Jacobo, purgatory and hell.
Reserva Nacional Pingüino Humboldt
Within this protected wildlife preserve there are three islands, Choros, ladies and Chañaral, that have given life to the reserve, mainly by the colonies of bottlenose dolphins that move through the area. Are 300 acres preserved whose heart is Punta Choros Cove, where boats are rented to traverse the Damas island. Punta de Choros Cove is 115 kilometres from the city of La Serena and the trip takes about one hour driving to the coast. Apart from the charms that owns your life marine, with the always-playful dolphins, another good reason to get to the reserve is diving. The place hides pleasant surprises for those who venture into the seabed.
Alto Atacama & The Star Route
Since a few years ago the North of Chile has become one of the best places in the world to look at the sky. Dryness of the atmosphere, height, the stability of the sky and the large number of clear nights turn Chile into a paradise of astronomical observations. La Serena, Vicuna, Elqui, Coquimbo, Andacollo, Antofagasta, Iquique and other localities have agencies that are in charge of observation equipment to provide the tourists, as well as offer lectures and astronomical explanations. The clearer skies of the southern hemisphere have made that many tourism, scientific and astronomical observatories installed in Region IV. Some are the Observatory Tololo, Gemini South, La Silla, Cerro Mamalluca Observatory, SOAR telescope and Observatory Pangue.
Robinson Crusoe Island
Robinson Crusoe is the only one of the three islands that make up the Juan Fernandez archipelago, which is inhabited. World biosphere reserve is declared since 1977, mainly because of endemic flora and fauna, some of whose species are in serious danger of extinction. Alejandro Selkirk was the most famous of its inhabitants, and its history goes back to the 18th century. After a dispute with the captain of the boat where he was traveling, was abandoned to their fate on the island, in which absolutely only lived for more than four years. Once rescued, he returned to England, where his story was a source of inspiration for Daniel Defoe, who is based on Alejandro Selkirk to create his famous Robinson Crusoe. The spiny lobster of Juan Fernández is a gastronomic delicacy and one of the main tourist attractions of the area. It has the hallmark that qualifies it as a unique product in Chile and the world.
For many Valdivia is one of the most beautiful cities of Chile. Myth or reality? Its remarkable water geography, German heritage, active college life, a major film festival and one of the leading scientific centers of the country are more than sufficient to consider it within that category. Its location just 15 kilometres from the sea, surrounded by water and southern jungle, arms made that gradually grow into epicenter of shopping activities, attracting the eyes of immigrants of different nationalities, especially German. They rose in Valdivia the first and major industries in the South of Chile.
Petrohué Waterfalls (Saltos del Rio Petrohue)
The most remote island in the World
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Unesco World Heritage since 1995, the most remote island of the planet, Easter Island, offers the testimony of a living culture of Polynesian origin who gave training to immense stone statues, figures and a unique cultural background. Of volcanic origin, is a fascinating cultural and archaeological paradise that combines the ancestral traditions of a society that, until its discovery in 1722, was unknown to the West for more than one millennium. Rapa Nui is located 3,700 kilometers of coastline, at the height of the coasts of the North of Chile, and is geographically located in Oceania, within the triangle of Polynesia, where were originally residents.
One of the Inspirational Places of Pablo Neruda
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The iconic Chilean port has an intense life which is at the forefront in gastronomy, design and charming boutique hotels. Up and down the hills is a true experience outdoor activities that can be felt in each of its nooks and crannies. Valparaíso is the main port of Chile and the forms of his architecture, built on the slopes, earned in 2003 the category of Cultural World Heritage granted by Unesco.
Capital and Cultural Center of Chile
Silently, the Chilean capital has been dealing the first places in the rankings of quality of life of the region. The urban character that identifies the Southern Metropolis has given him an unbeatable power of brand that stands out as a city clean, orderly and safe. With the majestic Andes mountains as a backdrop, Santiago has been able to modernise without losing a certain country charm, preserving a part of its colonial past. Santiago has many neighborhoods that were formed by different modes of social interaction and public space has given life to something that goes beyond a simple set of houses, streets and trees. Some of these neighborhoods offer valuable architectural quality and have become true icons of the city.
German Heritage in the South of Chile
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The small town of Frutillar, located on the edge of the Llanquihue Lake, South of Chile, was recently declared a typical zone, mainly for its German heritage. The denomination aims to preserve the heritage values and architecture derived from the German colonization, as well as natural areas associated with the Lake and adjoining hillsides. In addition, the Teatro del Lago, an international artistic and cultural center of the first order that welcomes over 150,000 people annually to enjoy the 250 activities carried out throughout the year is located in Frutillar. In addition, guided tours allow to know architecture and the challenges that presented the project at the time of its construction, as also the complex technology of its facilities.
Famous Rock Climbing Destination
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The Cochamó Valley is considered by specialists as one of the best new planet rock climbing destinations. Venues such as the arch, a rock formation that is complemented by a forest of ancient alerces and endless walls of granite of La Junta Marvel lovers of outdoor life exploring places virtually unchanged by man. The adventure destination is located 92 kilometres east of the city of Puerto Montt and offers a wide range of activities that connect with nature more authentic in the Chilean Patagonia. It cochamó has not only an infinite number of climbing routes with all kinds of difficulties, but also rivers transparent as the Puelo and the Lake Tagua Tagua, with fishing reserves allowing to catch salmon, chinook and rainbow trout.
One of the most beautiful sceneries in the World
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This National Park is located at the southern end of the Chilean Patagonia, 147 kilometers from the city of Puerto Natales, which translates in hour and a half trip that runs along dirt roads. Was declared reserve of the biosphere by the Unesco in 1978 and is the third Park national Chilean in number of visitors. It is a protected area of 242,000 hectares with a moving Web of ecosystems with Lakes, glaciers, rivers, vast prairies, waterfalls, forests and its particular towers of granite that have positioned Chile as one of the best natural destinations on the planet.
Ice-hike at Torres del Paine
Ice-hike is an adventure sport that you can practice in areas close to the glaciers. Consists of walking on ice, with sections of rock climbing, traveling occasionally large cold caves and deep cracks. Huge masses of ice can measure between 15 and 20 meters above the water line, which makes this activity into a mind-blowing experience. The excursion on the glacier Grey of the Parque Nacional Torres del Paine goes through amazing places and lasts 9 hours of walking. The activity allows you to appreciate the magnitude of the large tongue of ice that forms part of the southern ice fields, and is one of the must-sees in one of the most visited natural parks of Chile.