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Visiting Chile

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

Chile is a charming tourist destination, situated on the southwest coast of South America. With Santiago as capital, Chile occupies a 2,800 miles long coastal strip sandwiched between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes Mountains. Officially known as the Republic of Chile, the country is bordered by Peru on the north, Bolivia on the northeast, Argentina on the east, and the Pacific on the west. At the southernmost tip of the country is Drake Passage – a body of water lying between the oceans: the Atlantic and the Pacific.


The country has to its credit a dazzling array of places of interest, such as the highest geyser field in the world – El Tatio Geysers, perched at an altitude of 4,300m. Located midway between South America and Tahiti, Easter Island is a great tourist destination, which is much famed for its attractions such as the magnificent crater of Rano Kau, the remnants of the ceremonial center of Orongo, the quarry of Rano Raraku, and huge statues. Chiloe Island, famed for its fantastic wild life, and Robinson Crusoe Island, are the other popular island destinations in Chile.

Similarly, explore the archaeological wonders of the country by visiting destinations like Arica whose focal points are the geoglyphs at Putre and the Lake Chungara. Highlights also cover the Atacama Desert, which is considered the driest desert in the world. This area is home to such popular destinations as the Lauca National Park. Further, one can see here salt formations and volcanoes such as Tocorpuri and Sairecahur, apart from some significant archaeological remains and Andean churches.

The center of economic, political, and cultural life, Santiago amuses tourists with its world class attractions covering museums, art galleries, and exciting nightlife. Just an hour’s drive from the capital city is Rancagua, where one can find the world’s deepest copper mine. Also, worth mentioning is Valparaiso, the main port as well as the second largest city in the country. With an array of superb attractions such as Galería Municipal de Arte and Palacio Lyon, this astounding city has been declared as a World Heritage Site. Puerto Varas is another amazing town, noted for its cascading rivers, tranquil lakes, towering forests, and breathtaking wildlife.

For an unforgettable vacation, visit such Chilean destinations as Patagonia, which is steeped in legends and consisting of a chain of glaciers, lakes, icebergs, and amazing forest. Also, found here are attractions like Torres del Paine National Park, which is a perfect destination for an astonishing trekking holiday. Chile also forms a perfect destination for adventure holidays. Kayaking and rafting travel at the Canyon Rivers and a trekking trip through the Andes Mountain ranges are a fine example for this.

Attractions such as Juan Fernandez Archipelago, La Serena, and Viña del Mar are also worth mentioning. Likewise, take tour to the fabulous beaches and extensive vineyards while your stay at the country.

Above all, interesting is the Chilean gastronomy ranging from seafood specialties to sumptuous dishes such as Empanada, Parrillada, and Humitas. Also, don’t forget to enjoy the Chilean drinks including wine, beer, and Pisco, which is made from grapes after wine pressing.