Chilean regional tourism
Chilean regional tourism is a powerful development pole, although there are very important advances in this area, it is also true that there are equally notorious flaws, are the landscapes and the exciting geography of Chile, the problems are rather in Infrastructure and human and material resources.
Modernity has had many relevant indicators, depending on the perspective of the person who qualifies them, but there is no doubt that among these marks is globalization, the early described global village and the possibility of people, like never before in history of humanity, to have a direct view of planet Earth and, in ever more cases, the opportunity to meet him personally.
The most visible consequence of this latest trend in expansion, is the progress of tourism, the industry without chimneys, a market whose potential is very far from the saturation point and at the same time, in certain places, has reached a mass so Notorious that it has managed to put them at risk over demand, a situation that has caused restrictions to visitors by the agents and the spontaneous migration of users to less explored regions.
Territory to be discovered
Chile ess one of those territories to be discovered, in fact, has not even been uncovered by the Chileans themselves. Tourism to Chile is a powerful development pole, although there are very important advances in this area, it is also true that there are equally notorious flaws, are the landscapes and the exciting geography of Chile, the problems are rather in Infrastructure and human and material resources.
A focused example is very useful to put on the table the most decisive issues, such as the industry of the cruises, which, according to data from the Southern Cone Ports Corporation, results in 274 in the ports of the country during the period COM It ignites October last year and April, representing an increase of 15.6% compared to the previous season. In more specific terms, the cruise ship’s tourists and crew will spend more than US $26 million this season
The numbers are quite eloquent, cruise ships are expected to transport more than 321,000 people in Chile, with an average tourist expenditure of us $67.9, which generates a total amount of approximately US $21.8 million. According to the Sub-Secretariat of Tourism, «with each cruise the productive chain that is activated is enormous and we must be aware of its importance. With each trip, there are purchases in restaurants, souvenirs, tickets to museums or tickets for tours, fuel for boats, food, taxes and maintenance of ports, among others. » To which the crews of these passenger ships may be added; Some 130,000 people, who disburse about us $37 on average with a total expenditure of approximately US $4.8 million.
The Sub-secretariat of the branch reports that when considering the 20 most visited cities in Latin America, four are in Mexico, four in Peru and three in Chile: Santiago, Valparaiso-Viña del Mar and Arica. However, if only the 10 cities with the highest growth of tourists are taken, six of them are Chilean: Concepción, La Serena, Pucón, Puerto Montt-Osorno, Coyhaique and Valparaiso-Viña del Mar, although our region is not among the most active ports in relation to The number of people landing.
Often, the question arises about what is the area of development that offers new opportunities, tourism is clearly one of them, but equally clear must be what you have to do to play in the major leagues.
It has one of the clearest skies in the southern hemisphere, making it ideal for astronomical observation. Also, proposals to enjoy good wines, gastronomy, adventure tourism and even meals made with solar ovens.
Chile is a wonderful country. Its geographical location and its wide expanse from north to south make it completely different from one end to the other. And among the destinations that stand out is the Elqui valley and, therefore, we present the best things to do in the area.
It is located in the Coquimbo region. The main river is the Elqui (which gives its name to the valley), which originates from the clear and murky rivers, both from the Andes mountain range, and flows into the Pacific Ocean, some kilometres north of the city of La Serena.
Having one of the clearest skies in the southern hemisphere, several international organizations installed astronomical observatories at the summits of the Pachón and Tolo Mountains.
It is one of the most important valleys, where it highlights the production of wines such as Syrah and Carmenére.
Also, travelers can tour the hills planted with vineyards and visit the small towns that, for years, combined agriculture with tourism.
In addition, in the area is Vicuña, the locality where the poet and winner of the Nobel Prize of Literature, Gabriela Mistral, was born, or to take advantage of the typical gastronomy.
For sports and adventure lovers, the valley has trekking routes, horseback riding trails, bike rides and Jeep excursions.
The Elqui Valley has clear skies 300 days a year and is considered one of the purest in the world for its low light pollution.
That contact with the sun, caused solar ovens to be built that heat naturally, using concentrated solar energy to produce the effect of high temperatures and thus heat the food.
Among the most desirable dishes, is the Chilean casserole that according to the locals, is so great that they serve in a well of clay or directly in a small pot.
Other tourists prefer a barbecue that includes steak, boneless chicken breast, loin, sausages and the traditional chunchule. As a golden brooch to finish, there is dessert, which is usually offered papayas to the juice or the classic mote with Huesillos. All this is accompanied by a kneaded bread that is heated by the sunlight through a natural process.
In the Elqui valley, there is the Tambo Inca Las calves, a complex of ordered stones. It was a place of refuge and rest for those who traveled the famous Inca Trail. This place was a meeting point, or perhaps a rest for those who went out to explore the Cordilleran area.
In the Molle sector, along the Elqui River, several excavations were made that indicate the presence of a residential architecture based on stones, vegetables and leathers. Between abrupt slopes and sparse vegetation inhabited men who were engaged in the land, grazing and work of ceramics, metallurgy of gold and silver that some of them can be found in the Archaeological Museum of La Serena.