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Skiing is a popular sport in central and south Chile. All along the Andes Mountains, from the Valparaiso region to the Chilean Antartica, you can find 18 top of the line skiing stations.
The National Park Torres del Paine is located in the Chilean Patagonia. It is known for its high mountains, but is its three granite towers the ones that give this park its name. Its glaciers and meadows host an exotic fauna, and make this place a must on your visit to Chile
Easter Island is a Chilean island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, at the southeasternmost point of the Polynesian Triangle in Oceania. Easter Island is famous for its 887 extant monumental statues, called moai, created by the early Rapa Nui people. In 1995, UNESCO named Easter Island a World Heritage Site, with much of the island protected within Rapa Nui National Park.
San Pedro de Atacama is located 2.500 mts. above sea level, on the north side of Atacama Salt Flat, an area of great tourist and archaeological attractions. The town is set on one of the many oasis formed by the rains of the “Bolivian Winter” in Atacama Desert, the driest in the world. That’s why you can see truly unique vegetation, like chañares, carob trees, and capsicum.
Valdivia was also known as the beer capital of Chile. Located in the “Region de los Rios”, or region of rivers, Valdivia is one of the first cities founded in Chile. During the colonial period it was considered “the key to the south sea”, because it was a strategic point to have access to the Pacific Ocean. For this reason several fortifications where built to protect the cities from foreign attacks.
Pichilemu is a beautiful and tranquil spa, whose name comes from the Mapudungun and means “small forest”, located in Region VI, in central Chile, this place has become famous worldwide thanks to its waves and beautiful scenery, which attract thousands of Chileans and foreign tourists throughout the year.
Considered the historical centre of Santiago, the Plaza de Armas is an important square to modern day Chile. Lined with palm trees, the square is surrounded by many historic buildings, such as the beautiful Metropolitan Cathedral, the Central Post Office and the Royal Court Palace. Within the square, locals gather to relax and painters sell their work, but in general it is a highly multicultural area. There are also many monuments, one of which is dedicated to Pedro de Valdivia, the founder of the city and conqueror of Chile. To get a taste of Santiago, the Plaza de Armas is a good place to start.
This museum hosts an invaluable collection of Pre-Columbian art including pottery, sculptures, monuments and other artifacts, each of which tells a story about a world which has now almost completely vanished, but is by no means forgotten. The museum represents all the people and cultures from the northern most points to the southern regions, of what is today known as Chile. This is a truly incredible museum, well worth the ticket price, which contributes to the museum’s maintenance. However, if you’d rather not pay, it is free every Sunday.
Santiago nightlife usually begins rather late, as locals prefer to go out after 1 am. Bellavista, one of the most popular districts in the city, is full of clubs and pubs that offer a wide variety of music styles, from Latin and salsa to electronic.
La Moneda is the Presidential Palace of the country. With its white walls and European-style architecture, La Moneda stands proud in Santiago’s center. You can see the guard change-over, an impressive spectacle of military conduct, at 10am on alternate days. La Moneda has a gripping history: 1973 saw the bombing of the palace and the suicide of the country’s Marxist leader, Salvador Allende.
he Museum of Memory and Human Rights seeks to draw attention to human rights violations committed by the Chilean state between 1973 and 1990. Its mission is to allow dignity for victims and their families, stimulate reflection and debate and to promote respect and tolerance in order that these events never happen again.
Through objects, documents and archives presented in different settings and formats, as well as a innovative sight and sound presentation, it is possible to learn part of this history: the military coup, the repression that took place in the following years, the resistance movement, exile, international solidarity, reparation policies.
La Chascona was one of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda’s three houses, the others being his house in Isla Negra and La Sebastiana, his house in Valparaíso. Located in the capital, Santiago, in the Barrio Bellavista neighborhood on the slopes of San Cristóbal Hill, La Chascona retains the poet’s signature quirky style, in particular his love of the sea, and is now a popular destination for tourists. “La Chascona appears as a house of fairytales, an enchanted garden hanging over the city. The same spirit that brings Neruda’s poetry to life is also present in his houses. The houses of Neruda spill over into his poetic works.
The National Museum of Fine Arts is a central place for art history in Chile’s capital. Named a Historic Monument in 1976, the museum boasts a collection exceeding 3,000 pieces, the largest display of Chilean sculpture and the second grandest display of national paintings. With pieces dating back to the colonial period and collections of international interest, this museum has something for everyone. And, it’s free.
The temple looks as if an organic, bud-like alien spaceship landed on the hills above Santiago. Nine monumental glass veils form its exterior, each built to different specifications but forming a beautifully cohesive domed whole. Reflecting the faith’s principles of openness and unity, the veils come together while allowing light and air to flow freely into the interior, which can hold 600 visitors.
Standing 300 meters tall and with 62 stories, this is the tallest building in Latin America. In fact is the 4th highest in all of the southern hemisphere. Go to the top of the building to enjoy a 360 view of Santiago.
Rising from the heart of Santiago is the scenic peak of San Cristobal Hill (Cerro San Cristóbal). The 2,280-foot-tall (860-meter) hilltop offers unbeatable views across Santiago and out toward the breathtaking Andes mountain range. Cerro San Cristóbal is the highlight of Parque Metropolitano, Santiago’s largest urban park. Enjoy its landscaped green spaces, swimming pools, a zoo and kids’ playgrounds.
This outdoor museum is located on the north bank of the Mapocho River, on Santa Maria Avenue. It was inaugurated in 1986, and in it you can see over 30 “obras” of renown Chilean artists, five of whom have received national arts awards.
Barrio Italia has rapidly transformed into the city’s most electric district, buzzing with restaurants, art galleries and boutique stores plotted out like miniature shopping arcades within the rooms of historic homes. Exceedingly trendy, it still retains much of its blue-collar charm