Chile

Chile

Did you know that Chile is the country with the Americas’ largest number of active volcanoes? This is the reason why geological tourism and fascination with Chile’s volcanoes is an increasingly popular and widespread phenomenon in our country.

Among the thousands of Chilean volcanoes, there are some that are an essential part of our history, whether due to their eruptions, geological heritage, or connotation for our indigenous culture. These volcanoes, in addition to being the most visited in Chile, are perfect for photography fans “Without a doubt, Chile’s most symbolic volcano is the Villarrica, one of the seven volcanoes in the world that has active lava flow that can be seen from its crater.

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Far from the cosmopolitan and vibrant city of Santiago, a very special grape grows. Almost killed by insects, and then forgotten, the Carménère was reborn more than 10.000 km away from its homeland and today is Chile’s most renowned wine around the world… But how did that happen?

In the 19th century, the phylloxera epidemic almost wiped all of France’s raisin plants, forcing French winemakers to start over with their plantations of Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Carménère. Their efforts worked and almost all of the strains were brought back to life, but the Carménère couldn’t adapt to the cold spring and early autumn rains of Bordeaux and got extinct.

More than a hundred years passed and the Carménère was reborn in central Chile. How? A decade before the plague that affected France started, a few strains of Carménère joined the European winemakers that migrate to Chile around 1850. However, this survivor wine strain was sown next to Merlot and Cabernet plants and for years Carménère was marketed as these two varieties.

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Once again, the world of astronomy will set its eyes on Chile: we will be the destination to observe another solar eclipse this 2020. This year, La Araucanía will be one of the best places to witness it, with 100% darkness.

December 14 at 1:00 p.m. will be the most anticipated day for fans of astronomy. Pucón and Villarrica will be the epicenter of a solar eclipse, where the visibility will be 100%, as happened last year in a sector of the Coquimbo and Atacama Region.

We are going to the south of Chile! This year the Solar Eclipse 2020 is coming to us in one of the most tourist places in our country: The Araucanía Region.
The towns that will be within the privileged area of 100% darkness are: Puerto Saavedra, Isla Mocha, Carahue, Freire, Nueva Imperial, Loncoche, Freira, Villarrica, Pucón and Lican Ray.
Pucón is the capital of Adventure Tourism! Since in its surroundings, you can do rafting, canopy, kayaking, zip-lining, ascending the volcano, and water sports on Lake Villarrica.

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For those who are looking for amazing landscapes, cultural diversity, delicious food, excellent wine, and a great human experience with warm-hearted people, Chile is a must-see destination. Our country has a unique mixture of landscapes and different kinds of weather which delivers an incredible display of natural wonders, such as the Atacama desert, Lake District, Patagonia and Easter Island “Rapa Nui”.

On December 14, 2020, a total solar eclipse will cut across Chile’s Lake District at Northern Patagonia, where anyone within the 56-mile-wide path of totality can witness the moon pass fully between the sun and Earth.

The phenomenon occurs when the new moon comes between the sun and Earth and casts its umbra – the darkest part of its shadow – on Earth. A total solar eclipse is almost as dark as night. While the majority of this year’s total solar eclipse will take place over the Pacific Ocean, it will pass over South America – Chile and Argentina – in the late afternoon, meaning Chile’s Lake District is one of the best – and only – places in the world for viewing. Come and enjoy the unique natural event…Once in a Lifetime!

 

Widely known for its clear skies, Chile has become a global power in astronomy. With different observatories located throughout the territory, especially in the north of the country, Chile is now a key participant in many scientific advances and discoveries of the last couple of years.
But the mysteries of the cosmos are not exclusive to astronomers and physicists, since different organizations have started to open its doors to the public with the purpose of allowing them to discover more about our universe.

Paranal astronomy observatory chile.In the north of Chile, in the Atacama and Antofagasta region, different observatories have been installed, making the most of the amazing skies of the Atacama Desert. The most iconic are the Paranal and ALMA, which have the most advanced systems in the world. It is possible to visit the Paranal Observatory each Saturday and the ALMA during Saturdays and Sunday early in the morning. For both places it is necessary to book in advanced.

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Have you ever felt completely insignificant in comparison to nature? Well, get ready to feel precisely that way among the turquoise waters, glaciers and towering granite horns of the Torres del Paine National Park. The jaw-dropping landscapes of this eighth wonder of the world are humbling indeed.

Immerse yourself in this vast national park; a backpack and comfortable shoes are all you require for a trekking adventure, the best possible way to explore this UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.

Take full advantage of the 17 hours of daylight in summer and don’t miss out on sunrise, when the horns of the Torres del Paine massif glow purple and red. Sail on Lake Grey to admire the eponymous glacier, or paddle a kayak through its colossal blue and white icebergs.

You’ll enjoy terrific wildlife-watching in Torres del Paine. See majestic condors wheeling in the pristine skies overhead. Look out for foxes, huemul or Andean deer and guanacos along the way, and if you lie in wait patiently, you might be lucky enough to spot the reclusive puma.

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Few areas in the world possess a more mystical pull than this tiny speck of land, one of the most isolated places on Earth. It’s hard to feel connected to Chile, over 3700km to the east, let alone the wider world. Endowed with the most logic-defying statues on the planet – the strikingly familiar moai – Easter Island (Rapa Nui to its native Polynesian inhabitants) emanates a magnetic, mysterious vibe.

But Easter Island is much more than an open-air museum. Diving, snorkeling and surfing are fabulous. On land, there is no better ecological way to experience the wild beauty of the island than on foot, from a saddle by bicycle or on horseback. But if all you want to do is recharge the batteries, a couple of magnificent extensions of white sand await you.

Although Easter Island is world famous and visitors are on the rise, everything is still small and pleasant: everything is about ecotravel.

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The natural beauty of Chile in its 4,000 kms. of the coast, with its omnipresent Andes mountain range, the diversity of its landscapes and climates, make an obligation for tourism and the protection of the environment in Chile the care of unique natural treasures such as the magical Atacama desert, the lush forests of native flora and magnificent glaciers at the end of the world.

But that is not all, Chile can also presume to be one of the countries with the largest amount of wild and virgin territories in the world. Within its vast territory, our country has more than 14 million hectares protected, either within National Parks, National Reserves and National Monuments.

That is, 19% of the territory is equivalent to areas protected by the State. This impressive statistic demonstrates Chile’s commitment to the conservation, protection and preservation of the Environment, its flora and fauna.

Speaking of sustainable tourism, nowadays, is no longer a novelty. Many countries have opted for a friendly and sustainable tourism that advocates the preservation and respect of the natural environment, and Chile is not left behind, responding to the needs in a committed and active way.

Even so, there are many challenges ahead, but progress is made in the matter given that the immense variety of National Parks and Reserves open the route for ecofriendly tourism.

Maintaining a constant protection of the environment, not only guarantees the long life for all the species that inhabit it, but also ensures the welfare of future generations in each of them, so it is interesting to make this a habit which, instead of deteriorating, is translated into improving day-to-day conditions.

Within Chile’s efforts to conserve and preserve the environment, there are several organizations dedicated to protecting the Natural and Cultural Heritage of Chile. The National System of Protected Wild Areas of the State (SNASPE) is responsible for the care of ecosystems, soils, forests, fauna and landscapes.

The SNASPE has declared numerous territories and periodically incorporates protected areas in order to safeguard the flora and fauna of the places, as well as important archaeological evidences linked to pre-Columbian peoples.

Inside the National Parks, Reserves or Natural Monuments, the CONAF (National Forestry Corporation) does a great job trying to maintain and protect the great natural heritage that Chile has.

That is why, important steps have been taken to promote the development of sustainable hotels and the improvement of ecotourism in the country. In addition, the National Tourism Service (SERNATUR) grants the S seal for hotels that respect the environment and special permits are required for guides and tour operators in wilderness areas protected by the State.

Our country has already set itself the objective of sustainable tourism and the promotion of the protection of the natural environment in many different ways.

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For the most motivated and extreme backpackers, we present this beautiful route located in the XII Region of Chile.
Are you looking for a challenge? What do you think of reaching the southernmost point of the American continent? Nature in its purest state is what this trip promises, combining beautiful landscapes, flora and fauna next to the Strait of Magellan. The strength and severity of the climate will test your will, enriching what will undoubtedly be an unforgettable experience. Corporal Froward is waiting for backpackers like you!

This route begins on the shores of the Strait of Magellan on the San Pedro River, which is 65.7 km from Punta Arenas, a city that has an airport and daily flights to and from Santiago. From Punta Arenas, it is possible to arrive by car to the mouth of the San Pedro River. Ideally, someone will leave us at this point, and go find us 5 days later. In case this is not an option, there are buses that reach the Santa María River, about 3 km north of the San Pedro River. It is recommended to check the departure times when planning the trip

This route begins on the shores of the Strait of Magellan on the San Pedro River and reaches the Cruz de los Mares located at Cabo Froward at 41.8 km. It can be done in 5 days of walking (round trip), but we recommend that it be done in 6 days, to be able to enjoy it fully.
Although this route is notable for its isolation and for the little frequency with which it is traveled, it is very difficult to get lost, since most of the route is on the shores of the Strait of Magellan, on beach terrains and traces that cross native forest. This tour includes crossing rivers, for which special attention should be paid to the tides, which will be addressed later in the Precautions section. The main obstacles of this route are, in addition to the mentioned river crossings, the cold and unpredictable climate, the stretches on slippery rock and often covered with algae, and above all the physical exigency. The days of hiking, which can be more than 6 hours, are on sand, slippery rocks and turbales, particularly exhausting terrain to travel. Not to mention the heavy backpack that is carried on the back.
This tour is unique and full of contrasts that make it an incredible destination for lovers of nature and the historical heritage of the region. Moments of calm, silence and peace give way in a blink to the violence and inclemency of the climate of this area of ​​the country. It is an isolated and desolate place, and yet full of life and beauty. The vestiges of the ancestral human occupation along the way are a trip to the past that allow us to evoke the adventures of the first inhabitants, explorers and pioneers of the area. This tour is not for everyone; It is hard and demanding, and without a doubt one of the most rewarding for those who love the challenges and beauty of one of the most authentic routes in Chile.

No doubt a magical place and unknown to many, but that the bravest adventurers will travel their routes, and you, are you one of them?

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Estaquilla is a small fishing cove located 112 km west of the city of Puerto Montt. The first modern settlers arrived in this area only in 1933 artisanal fishermen currently dedicated mainly to the cultivation of the “Loco” mollusc, a type of Abalone or Sea Snail very desired by its tasty meat, a native species that grows from the south of Peru to Tierra de Fuego in Chile. 150 people live in the cove and there are 35 boats.

The still unexplored nature in the coastal area of ​​Los Muermos is one of the points with potential for tourism development in the Los Lagos Region.
There are around 500 people who live in Estaquilla, next to the sea and live on benthic activity. The landscape in the sector is different from what is seen in the region, or another point of the country.

Among the main attractions of this area are the Estaquilla viewpoint, Bay Estaquilla with its turquoise clear waters, Puntilla Estaquilla and its islets Tenedor, Estaca and Estaquilla portentosas rock formations, Huar Huar a beautiful beach of more 3 kms long with dunes and forests and the Coastal Path that aims to unite Chile from north to south along its coasts, in this zone in its first stage some sections are only for 4×4 cars.

The Punta Estaquilla beach is of a monumental beauty due, mainly, to its green islets that break with the current of the sea. Here everything hits the eye, from the houses that hang from gorges in front of the water to the crooked coast hit by waves.

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