|Photo: www.turismoayacara.cl - Laguna San Rafael, Chilean Patagonia.|
1.- The Atacama Desert
|Atacama Desert - Photo: imagenesdeluniverso.com|
2.- Visiting the "Palafitos" (Houses on Stilts) of Chiloe Island
3.- Traveling to Patagonia
|View of Torres del Paine and Salto Chico Hotel, Explora Patagonia|
Notable places to visit in the Chilean Patagonia are also the Carretera Austral, a new tourist destination where you can travel more than 1,200 kilometers through a route of asphalt and gravel starting in Puerto Montt and whose end is in Villa O' Higgins. The Carretera Austral is considered one of the most interesting and beautiful routes throughout the Americas, although sometimes you can find little difficulties, since tourism is just taking off in this region and not always all the required services are available in the area. Among its main attractions can be highlighted Pumalin Private Nature Reserve; Queulat National Park; Puyuhuapi Fjord with cozy facilities amidst lush nature; San Rafael Glacier; the beautiful mineral formations known as The Marble Cathedral, Marble Chapel and Marble Caves at General Carrera Lake, shared with Argentina, the second largest in South America, etc, etc. Further south is located Punta Arenas, known as "the capital of Patagonia", starting point of many tours that travel the South American southern cone. Punta Arenas offers countless tourist and cultural alternatives starting from the center of the city to its nearby natural attractions such as the navigation through the Strait of Magellan and Southern channels, excursions to the amazing Tierra de Fuego Island, the Antarctic Province, Torres del Paine, etc, etc...
4.- Chile's Ski Resorts
For its geographical location and the presence of the Andes Mountains along most of its length, Chile is a privileged country in terms of ski hills (among other things). Depending on the meteorological trend of every year, the season can last from June to September, even some resorts are equipped with snowmaking machines. There is a long list of places to ski in Chile. The best known and best equipped in Central Chile are Portillo, La Parva, El Colorado, Farellones, and Valle Nevado. In the South stand out Nevados de Chillan and the newly created Corralco Mountain and Ski Resort.
5.- The colourful houses of Valparaiso
Valparaiso, 119 km. of the capital Santiago, is the main military and commercial seaport of Chile and the second largest city in the country. One of the features that most attracts the attention of visitors are the colorful houses that sometimes seem to be hanging of its intricate geography, full of hills, each with a different name. Striking are also its funiculars, historical means of transportation used by the inhabitants of the hills, given that the first dates from 1883, born on the initiative of European immigrants. Next to Valparaiso you can visit the beautiful city of Vina del Mar, the main tourist center of Central Chile.
6.- It is the narrowest country in the World
I would rather say that according to its length Chile is the narrowest country in the World, with a maximum width of 445 km. and an average of 177 km. But opossite to this condition it is also one of the longest countries on Earth because without considering its Antarctic territory on which claims sovereignty, Chile has a lenght of 4270 km.
(to be continued...)