Welcome to Chile

22 reasons to come to Chile right now

A fantastic coastline washed by the waters of the Pacific Ocean and bordered by Argentina behind a mountain range called the Andean Cordilleras, or simply the Andes.

Chile on a map

Many people seem to remember the rescue of 33 miners in Chile in 2010. But that’s not the only reason Chile should interest you. And here are a few more arguments for Chile!

Chilean miners

1. Every dish is served with avocado and mayonnaise. Every single one!

Chilean avacado

2. The Chilean hot dog is superior to every other hot dog option in the world.

Chilean hot dog

Take an American hot dog, add tomatoes, avocado and more mayo and the Chilean hot dog is ready!

And of course Piscola! The famous Chilean cocktail made of pisco and cola.

Chilean pisco

And never let anyone say that Pisco is not really from Chile! Never!

4. If you are offered an “earthquake,” don’t get mad under any circumstances. It’s really just a cocktail of wine, fernet and pineapple ice cream.

Chilean Cocktail

5. When it’s time for dessert, you’re sure to be offered a gourmet dish.

Chilean dessert

Similar to caramel, only much better.

6. You can forget all Spanish lessons, because Chileans speak a totally different language! A totally unknown language!

Chilean tongue

7. In Chile you can find absolutely everything. For example, quiet sandy beaches, such as Zapallar.

Chilean beach

8. You can go to the mountains to go skiing! And it’s only an hour’s drive from the capital.

Chilean Mountains

9. If you decide to go to the province of Aisen, you will definitely see the wonderful stone rocks in the water.

The Rocks

10. In Chile you can see the eighth wonder of the world if you head to the south of the country. It is a sight you will never forget.

The Eighth Wonder of the World

11. To the north you can find a stunning place, the Atacama Desert, where the sky looks magical, especially at night.

Atacama Desert

12. Once you’ve been to Chile, you can say with confidence that you’ve seen the moai, the stone idol statues on Easter Island.

Moai Statues

13. On the coast of Punto de Choros you can meet whole flocks of dolphins.

Dolphins of Punta de Choros

14. In Chile you will find a small replica of the enchanting Niagara Falls – Salto del Laja.

Salto del Lahe waterfall

15. Chile is proud of its handsome men. One such man is the gymnast Tomás González. Many are still crazy about him and his mustache.

Tomas Gonzalez

16. And, of course, how could it be without pride in women. For example, the beautiful Josephine Montane.

Josephine Montane

17. In the territory of Chile, no one can ever harm the cutest animal, the pudo.

Pudo

And you may urgently need an extra room in your apartment for him!

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18. Alexis Sanchez, the famous soccer player of the Spanish club Barcelona, is Chilean!

19. Chileans love music and have parties all year round…

Music Festival

That’s why Chile has been hosting the Lollapalooza music festival for several years and for the first time outside of the United States.

20. The country’s economy has been stable and has grown markedly in recent years.

Chilean Economy

The national product per capita growth (Latin America (without Cuba), Chile).

Chile ranks 7th in the world ranking of economic freedom.

21. The Chilean coast is known for its frequent earthquakes, although the Chileans themselves are not at all worried about them.

Earthquakes in Chile

The first tremor of an earthquake catches you on your feet before the next one catches you off guard!

Welcome to Chile

Chile is a champion state. Because of the peculiarities of the landscape, nature here often goes to extremes. It is the longest country (stretching from north to south for 4,600 kilometers),

with the driest desert in the world (the Atacama Desert has had no rainfall for centuries),

the world’s highest lake (the reservoir in Ojos del Salado is 6,390 meters above sea level). There are a lot of “most-true” places and sights, and an ordinary vacation will not be enough to see them all. We have chosen the most interesting:

Photo: Hand of the desert

1. The hand of the desert

In Chile’s Atacama Desert, 75 km south of the town of Antofagasta, is a monument, which the lonely traveler least expects to meet there. A monument to the despair and loneliness of man in the sands, the Hand of the Desert, was erected here in 1992 by sculptor Mario Irarrazabal. If you bury the concrete giant in the sand, this is the gesture he makes to say goodbye to the world. Going to see the sculpture (tourist groups are brought here from Antofagasta),

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Do not forget that in the desert for a few tens of kilometers around there are no McDonald’s or toilets. The hand of the desert is the only thing that reminds us of the presence of man here.

Photo: Torres del Paine National Park

2. Torres del Paine National Park.

If the Hebrew God had to land Eden a second time, he would choose Torres del Paine. In 1978, a UNESCO commission recognized the Chilean national park as a biosphere reserve. It seems to be a collection of the most beautiful pieces of nature from all over the world: mountains and forests, glaciers and fjords, springs and lakes. There are several multi-day hiking trails in the park – Torres del Paine is Chile’s most visited tourist destination.

Photo: The World's Largest Pool

3. The largest swimming pool in the world

Imagine a soccer field filled with water. Multiply by ten. You get the world’s largest outdoor swimming pool. San Alfonso del Mar is located 100 kilometers west of the Chilean capital Santiago. One kilometer in length, 77 thousand square meters of area – in a pool of this size can not only swim, but also sail. Which the Chileans do: in San Alfonso del Mar anyone can rent a catamaran or yacht and sail on the smooth, like a mirror, the water. Despite the fact that the water for the pool is taken from the Pacific Ocean, it is not salty and is so transparent that the bottom is visible at any point.

Photo: Marble Caves

4. Marble Caves

Not far from the village of Chile Chico, 1,500 kilometers from the Chilean capital, is the best place in Chile (and maybe in the world) for kayaking – the Marble Caves or Marble Cathedral on Lake Carrera. In fact, the walls of the caves, which form a winding labyrinth in the rocks of the peninsula, are not marble, but consist almost entirely of limestone. However, the glare of water on the blue vaults creates the full impression that you are floating inside a fabulous marble palace. The caves can be reached by boat, but deep into the labyrinth can only be reached by small boat or kayak.

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Photo: Easter Island

5. Easter Island

Welcome to “the hell in the middle of nowhere”: Easter Island is the most remote inhabited island from civilization. From the coast of Chile to the island more than three and a half thousand kilometers. Nature has deprived the island of a variety of plants and animals. It is home to a couple dozen species of seabirds and little plants, except weeds and mulberries. However, travelers come here not for beauty but for mystery.

Easter Island is known primarily for its stone statues, the Moai. Ten- and fifteen-meter statues in the form of human heads turned with the backs of their heads toward the sea and the nose toward the interior of the island. Judging by the ruins of the ancient quarries, the statues were made of pressed volcanic ash in the center of the island. Scientists still don’t know how they were brought to the coast (some of the statues weigh over 200 tons).

Photo: Humberstone Ghost Town

6. The ghost town of Humberstone.

In northern Chile, in the middle of the desert, fifty kilometers from the nearest settlement (the town of Iquique) is the abandoned town of Haberstone. The town was founded in the late 19th century, when a saltpeter deposit was found here. First a mining village, then a town with a theater, church and railway station – Humberstone quickly grew. And just as quickly emptied out when the saltpetre life dried up. Deprived of their livelihood, people gradually left the town, leaving behind their homes with their accumulated possessions. Even today, you can go into any abandoned house and rummage through the old chests in the hope of finding some valuable souvenir.

Photo: Andean Christ

7. Andean Christ.

One of the rare examples where religion unites. The Andean Christ, a monument that was erected 100 years ago on the Bermejo Pass in the Andes, ended the war between Chile and Argentina. In the early twentieth century, the two neighboring countries argued over the status of their border territories. The dispute could have ended in war, but ministers of the church intervened. A local bishop suggested that a monument be erected on the border as a symbol of friendship and reconciliation. Several thousand Chileans and Argentines gathered for the opening ceremony of the monument. The military of the two countries also arrived to fire a ceremonial salute. Thus Chile and Argentina concluded a peace agreement.

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Photo: Penguin Colony on Magdalena Island

8. The penguin colony on the island of Magdalena

This is probably the only place on Earth where anyone can see so many penguins in one place at one time. Magdalena Island is located in the Strait of Magellan, near Punta Arenas. Every year in late October, nearly 50,000 pairs of penguins make their way here to breed. By February, the island is covered with a solid layer of penguins, like black snow. The penguins go about their business and are not at all afraid of the tourists who have come here to see them. You can get to the island as part of a tourist group on the ferry (2 hours one way).

Photo: Valley of the Moon (Valle de la Luna)

9. Valley of the Moon (Valle de la Luna)

If you drive 30 kilometers away from the town of San Pedro toward the center of Atacama, the driest desert in the world, you can walk through the Moon Valley. Moon Valley is the name given to the bizarre landscapes of this part of the desert for their resemblance to the lunar surface. Water and winds have been grinding the rocks and sand for thousands of years, and the white color of the salt lakes gives the valley even more resemblance to the cosmic landscape.

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