Chile is a country of beauty and contrast
that has many attractions for visitors that consist of towering
volcanic peaks of the Andes and ancient forests of the Lake
District. Chile is also famous for the Torres del Plain which is
said to be the finest nature travel destination in South American by
many people. Anyone who has always loved geography, Chile is a
perfect place to visit with it stretching over 4,300 km all along
the southwestern coast of South America. The country is very slender
and runs as a wall of mountains along the Andes. In the center of
the country there is a long and expansive river valley, a corridor
that run five hundred miles long in the north that is filled with
vineyards and great farms, and primeval forests and great lakes in
Chile also has two islands called the Juan
Fernandez Islands and the famous Easter Island, these islands are
also known as Pacific possessions. They are both fun as national
parks. Chile is said to be a land of extremes. Chile has very
sophisticated cities, an interesting history and a fast evolving
culture. Right now Chile is one of the most stable and prosperous
nations throughout South America. It is the top Latin American
nation that leads everyone else in human development, gross domestic
product per capita, competitiveness, quality of life, political
stability, globalization, economic freedom, low perception of
corruption and comparatively low poverty rates.
It was about 10,000 years ago when Native
Americans migrated and settled in fertile valleys and coastal areas of
what is now known as Chile. Chile has almost anything and everything
a visitor might want such as the desert which is immensity, Easter
Island which is unique, Lakes & volcanoes which is unforgettable,
Santiago which is cosmopolitan, and Patagonia which is magnificent.
The desert is a combination of land and sky melted together all in
sepia tones. Easter Island is a wild and exotic place that displays
its culture though regional flavors, traditions, and landscapes.
Lakes & Volcanoes is full of water, greenery, and wilderness.
Santiago is very exciting and modern in today's world. Patagonia is
a breathtaking experience and is just plain beautiful.
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Attractions in Chile
Aculeo Lagoon is known to be one of the
main ecological reserves that is located in the Metropolitan
Region. The lagoon sits on about 2,640 acres and in the middle
of the lagoon there are two islands that help with abundant
vegetation and animal habitats. The lagoon gets it nourishment
from melting snow and ice, rain, and estuaries. The shores of
the lagoon are muddy but the coastline is very smooth until it
hits where the hills meet the waters' edge, at that point the
lagoon gets deeper. There is forests, valleys, ravines, and snow
capped mountains during the winter that all surround the lagoon.
There are two sections of the lagoon which are the North Shore
and the South Shore. Each of these have many different services
including restaurants, clubs, camping areas, picnic areas,
fishing, horseback riding, and much more.
The Huilo-Huilo Biological Reserve is located
by the entrance to the Chilean Patagonia as well as in the middle of
the Temperate Humid Forest which is in the south of Chile. This
reserve covers about 144,000 acres of land and consists of preserved
areas, plots of land, and developing tourism. This reserve has a
foundation called the Huilo-Huilo Foundation, its main concern is
the preservation of the park. The foundations makes sure the value
of Temperate Rainforests represents 0.9% of all the forests in the
world. Visitors will find a cafe and accessible trails as well as
The Mocho Volcano that is being set up for skiing. Visitors will
also see many different animals such as deer, foxes, and pumas.
There are beautiful waterfalls, underground caverns, hot springs,
zip lines, sailing, rafting, and kayaking to enjoy as well.
The Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art is
located in Santiago and spans over 4,500 years and about 80
pre-Columbian civilizations of South America. This museum is said to
be an amazing place to spend a couple hours while also learning
about pre-Columbian art. The museum itself is held in the old Royal
Customs House so all of the exhibits are very well lit and arranged
perfectly throughout the four different rooms which is set around a
courtyard. The collections included in the exhibits consist of
cultures from the Incas, Mayans, Aztecs, and others that were once
proud of the continent. The collections also illustrate the artistic
diversity of the continents.
The Plaza de Armas is located in the center of
Santiago as well as the historical center. Its a square that is
hemmed in by the Spanish colonial public buildings. Some of these
buildings consist of the 18th-century Cathedral and the main post
office that was at one point known as the Spanish governors'
residence. The city was first founded in 1541 which was when the
city became the hub of administrative, commercial, and social life.
Even today the city is the center of life where there is never a
dull moment. There is always constant activity and many people are
entertained by buskers and local artists. Visitors will also find
chess games that are set up on temporary tables under the trees.
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Things to do in Chile
The Cathedral de Santiago is located in the
Plaza de Armas. It has suffered major damage in the past years from
earthquakes but was rebuilt and remodeled in baroque and classical
styles. The two towers were finally completed at the end of the 19th
century. This is also where the tomb of Chile's first cardinal, Jose
Maria is held as well. Nearby the Cathedral there are two churches
called Iglesia de Santo Domingo and Iglesia San Augustin. The
interior of the cathedral is said to be magnificent and very
colorful, most people are amazed when they walk in.
The Cousino Macul and Concha y Toro Wineries
Day Trip from Santiago is a great place to go for a day trip and
discover the "New World of Wine" in Chile. This attraction takes
visitors through two of the oldest and most historic wineries in the
country. These day tours are guided tours starting from Santiago.
Chile is known as an established emerging producer of great wines.
The Cousino Macul was first founded in 1856 and was owned and ran by
Matias Cousino who is the original founder as well as the the one
who still owns and runs it. The cellars are styled in French with
"cal y canto" which is a combination of egg white and lime as
"cement". After lunch the tour is continued to Concha y Toro which
was founded in 1883 by Don Melchor Concha y Toro. Today this winery
is the largest producer of export wines in Chile.
The Vaihu, Moias and Anakena Beach Full Day
Easter Island Tour is a very interesting way to spend a day in
Chile. There are many wonders and mysteries about Easter Island that
visitors are eager to find out. The first is thr ruins of the temple
of Vaihu. The other stops include many different sites such as the
famous Moais. The last stop of the day is at Anakena Beach for
everyone to take a quick swim into the Pacific Ocean. The temple of
Vaihu is still standing where it has been for centuries of neglect
and the red hats of the Moai that were thrown into the sea can be
seen very clearly as well.
The Penguin Sanctuary and Otway Sound is
a great attractions for all visitors especially for families and
little children. Everyone is said to love penguins and this is
the best place to visit them. This journey starts from Punta
Arenas and takes you to the amazing Otway Sounds. At the Otway
Sounds visitors will encounter the colonies of Magellan
Penguins. Between the months of November and March the penguins
nest here every year. Visiting the penguins will definitely be a
highlight to the trip. Visitors love to watch the penguins nest
and encounter them up close and personal.