Saturday, November 29, 2014

* Chile Travel, Attractions, Information, Services



Torres del Paine National Park, Chile.
Torres del Paine National Park.  Photo: Pixabay 
 Chile is often defined -and with reason-, as a "long, narrow, strip of land" located in the extreme South West of South America, covering an area of 756,102 km2  in its South American territory and islands of the Polynesia (Salas y Gomez and Easter Island) besides a claimed territory of 1,250,257 km2 on the Antarctic Continent.


Tourist Places in Chile 

 

    Its geography extends from parallel 17º29'57'' South Latitude  down to the South Pole,  offering varied climates and landscapes such as the immensity of the Desierto de Atacama (Atacama Desert), the driest in the World, where are located the World's largest Astronomical Observatories due to the clearness of its sky, the enigmatic Rapa Nui (Easter Island), the Andes Mountain Range, natural border between Chile and Argentina through almost all its extension, with big peaks where large Winter Sports Centers bring together sportsmen from all over the World, the beautiful Region de Los Lagos (Region of Lakes), Patagonia and all its wonders, the feared Cape Horn, end of the Americas and union of two Oceans, etc. The climatic diversity ranges from a subtropical climate in Easter Island to the cold of the Antarctic Province, for this reason, tourism in the southernmost region takes place mainly during the Spring/Summer season.       

 
City of Viña del Mar, Chile.
 Sunset in Viña del Mar, Central Chile.  Photo: Pixabay 
 
Although the waters are not as warm as in other similar latitudes due to the Humboldt Current, Chile has also many beautiful summer beaches and resorts. Among the best-known beaches highlight those of Viña del Mar also called "la Ciudad Jardin" ("The Garden City of Chile"), La Serena and Coquimbo cities, further North Bahia Inglesa, Antofagasta, Iquique and Arica. On the other hand, in the South, the large woods, rivers and lakes make up a system that is the heart of a more and more increasing Ecotourism activity.
This is also a region rich in hot spring sources, Thermal Spas and large Winter Resorts such as "Nevados de Chillan", " Valle Corralco Ski Center", the gorgeous areas of "Petrohue", Reserva Nacional Huilo Huilo also famous for its lush waterfalls, etc.  And if we talk about special-interests tourism we cannot fail to mention the Archipielago de Chiloe,  islands full of myths, legends, rich folklore and gastronomy whose inhabitants mainly live from fishing and agriculture but surrounded by a beautiful environment, exuberant vegetation, and on the mainland a wild geography, plenty of lakes, rivers and thick forests under the aegis of Wildlife Protected Areas. Along the Chilean coast there are also world-class beaches for the practice of Surf.

     The North and South Ice Fields, aside from their majesty, make Patagonia one of the World's largest fresh water reserves after the Antarctica.  Patagonia is one of the main tourist destinations all over the World, especially the wonderful regions of Aysen and Magallanes y Antartica Chilena. Here you will be able to visit lots of beautiful places such as Parque Nacional Torres del Paine   (Torres del Paine National Park), chosen  "The Eighth Wonder of the World" by the travel portal Virtualtourist.com, of TripAdvisor Media Group, among more than 300 tourist places around the World with more than 5 million votes through Internet.


Row of Moai in Easter Island, Chile.
Row of Moai, Rapa Nui (Easter Island) - Photo: Pixabay
   Easter Island, extension of Chile in Oceania is another of the preferred tourist destinations by national and international visitors. From mainland Chile regularly arrive to the island flights and cruises to soak up this ancient Polynesian Culture and its beautiful environment.

      On the other hand, Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire Island), south from the Strait of Magellan, is worldwide recognized by the excellent conditions that offers for the practice of Sport Fishing in its numerous lakes and rivers, all this amidst beautiful landscapes and virgin nature, almost untouched by human hand.


     The Antarctic tourism, continent just two hours away by plane from Punta Arenas, where Chile keeps an important presence of collaboration, exploration and research, also registers a constant growth with companies that work towards the white continent by means of air and sea operations.    
 
A view of Santiago, capital city of Chile.
Street of Santiago de Chile - Photo: Pixabay
   The country has also numerous Public and Private National Parks as well as Natural Monuments that are normally included in the tourist packages. Aside from the beautiful natural settings, Chile is a modern country where you can find in its cities attractive commercial centers and advances in many fields.   

     This Blog will be complemented regularly with new information, which I hope will be of great help for your trip. Thank you for your preference,      Raul Silva M.