Interesting places in CHILE
Interesting places in CHILE from the peaks to the steppes, from the desert to the glaciers, from the most urban to the total vacuum of buildings, the key is the variety. As in the summary of a film, here is concentrated the most exciting Chile, counted in 20 places that you must know.
Valparaiso, the Port of Chile
The emblematic Chilean port has an intense life that is at the forefront in gastronomy, design and charming boutique hotels. Climbing up and down the hills is a true outdoor experience that can be felt in each of its nooks and crannies. Valparaiso is the main port of Chile and the forms of its architecture, built on the slopes, earned it in 2003 the category of Cultural heritage of humanity granted by UNESCO.
Santiago, quality of life in the region
Quietly, the Chilean capital has been occupying the first places in the region’s quality of life rankings. The urban character that identifies the southern metropolis has given it an unbeatable brand power in which it stands out for being a clean, tidy and safe city. With the majestic Cordillera de los Andes as the backdrop, Santiago has been able to modernize without losing a certain provincial charm, preserving a part of its colonial past. Santiago has many neighborhoods that were formed by different modes of social interaction and the public space has given life to something that goes beyond a simple set of houses, streets and trees. Some of these neighborhoods offer an architectural quality of great value and have become authentic icons of the city.
Frutillar, art and culture
The small town of Frutillar, located on the edge of Lake Llanquihue, towards the south of Chile, was recently declared a typical area, mainly because of its German heritage. The denomination pretends to preserve the patrimonial and architectonic values derived from the German colonization, as well as the natural areas associated with the lake and the adjoining slopes. In Frutillar, the Lake Theatre is located, an international artistic and cultural center of First order that receives annually more than 150,000 people to enjoy the 250 activities that are developed throughout the year. In addition, guided tours allow you to know the architecture and the challenges that the project presented at the time of its construction, as well as the complex technology of its facilities.
Land of Fire, one of the unknown and intact places on the planet
Tierra del Fuego, the largest island of Chile (29,484 km2), the territory of oil exploitation and the sheep shearing stays, remains one of the most unknown and intact places on the planet. Its wide paths full of pebbles that meander through the pampas impress by its endless horizons, that seem to have no destiny. Within the land of Fire patrimonial Tours highlight the route of the Estancias, wood, glaciers, Darwin (and its epic of the return to the world). The Selknam route and the Hunting and fire territories. The route of wetlands, birds and waters, all proposals that are developed in a frame of virgin nature, which also forms part of the Natural Park Karukinka, a model of conservation for biodiversity.
Cochamo with the estuary of the river Reloncaví and the volcano Yates in the background
The Cochamo Valley is considered by specialists as one of the best new rock climbing destinations on the planet. Scenarios such as the Arch, a rock formation that is complemented with a forest of ancient alerces and the endless granite walls of the Junta marvel at Outdoor life lovers who explore places practically unchanged by man. The adventure destination is located 92 kilometers east of the city of Puerto Montt and offers a great diversity of activities that connect with the most authentic nature in the Chilean Patagonia. Cochamo has not only an infinity of climbing routes with all kinds of difficulties, but also transparent rivers such as the Puelo and the Tagua Tagua Lake, with fishing grounds that allow to catch Chinook salmon and rainbow trout.
Festival de la Tirana, one of the most traditional cultural events in Chile
In the middle of the Pampa del Tamarugal, more than 1,500 kilometres north of Santiago, the festival of the Tirana is celebrated, an impressive event that transforms the small town of the same name into a pilgrimage centre where more than 150,000 people, among faithful and visitors , they worship the Virgin of Carmen. The festival of Tirana, held in July, is one of the most traditional cultural events in Chile. It mixes dances, music and offerings that form part of the cultural syncretism of the peoples of the North and its transcendence has reached the communities of faithful of Bolivia and Peru, attracting travelers from Argentina, Europe and the United States.
San Pedro de Atacama, life amidst aridity and desert
To 311 kilometers of the city of Antofagasta is the oasis of San Pedro de Atacama, a parenthesis of life amidst the aridity and the desert. In its surroundings, nature offers a sublime spectacle of contrasts. The environment has an extraordinary geography, with soft plains that end in mountain ranges and volcanoes that rise above the 6,000 meters, against the vast and white salt formed by groundwater that never reach the Sea. San Pedro de Atacama, once the goal of backpackers, is one of the tourist destinations most coveted by the foreign tourist, as it mixes the remote and inhospitable desert landscape, the geological and archaeological interest and a varied hotel offer.
Chiloé, fields, sea and forests on islets
Chiloé is located 1,186 kilometers from Santiago and 90 kilometers southwest of Puerto Montt. To get there you must navigate the Chacao channel for about 30 minutes on a ferry that separates the mainland from the north coast of the Grande Island of Chiloé. This island is part of the archipelago of the same name, constituted by some thirty more islets, some uninhabited. The geography of the island is composed of fields, sea and forests, with a culture of its own that is reflected in its constructions, gastronomy and mythology. The Palafitos, colorful houses built on stilts on the water, are one of the great distinctives of the island, as well as their churches, all of them built in wood between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Although there are more than 80 the characteristic temples of the island, only 16 of them have managed to be declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Pichilemu, Chile’s vice surfer
Pichilemu must be the destination with the largest tourist offer raised around the surf in Chile. It is a traditional spa of the central-South zone with one of the richest areas of the world in perfect waves, long, constant and cold. Practically the whole area is rural. There are no large cities or ports, just some industries and a number of fishermen’s coves. Six kilometres further south of Pichilemu is Punta de Lobos, which has become one of the most fashionable beaches in all of Chile. There is also the Wave Punta de Lobos, where every day it is possible to see surfers from different parts of the world gliding over tons of saltwater.
Nevados de Sollipulli, the snow camp of ecological Carps
At 84 kilometers east of the city of Temuco, in the middle of the Andes, is snowed of Sollipulli, a camp of ecological carps (domes) surrounded by ancient forests. This kind of ‘ igloos ‘ are designed to have all the comforts of a hotel. The idea is that every traveler, after a good rest, is prepared for the maximum challenge of the stay: The ascent to the Sollipulli volcano, a summit of 2,282 meters that has as a reward the gigantic snow crater and a panorama of 360 degrees in which you can see T Odos the volcanoes of the area: Llaima, Lonquimay, Villarrica and, on the Argentinian side, the Lanín. The adventure is unique and surprising. It lasts a whole day, but there is also the possibility of sleeping in a half-mountain camp for two nights and crossing the glacier that extends along the crater, more than 4 kilometres in diameter.
Mapuche territory, the Budi Lake basin
One hour from the city of Temuco, in southern Chile and next to the Pacific Ocean, Lake Budi is one of the most photogenic and peaceful destinations of the Araucanía. To the place you can get to sleep in their ‘ rucas ‘, taste the gastronomy and know firsthand the secrets of the Mapuche culture. With more than 100 species of birds, lake Budi is the southernmost salt water reserve in the world, with a postcard fauna and flora. For years devoted 100% to agriculture, the residents of the Llaguepulli community decided to form a tourist services cooperative more than 10 years ago. Visitors to Lake Budi can tour the area in horses, rowing boats, carts or learn from the medicinal herbs, gastronomy, music and fabrics of this beautiful Mapuche enclave, the main Chilean ethnicity.