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7 Top Rated Tourist Attractions in Chile

Chile is a slender country located in South America’s southwestern area and measures over 4,300 km in length while it has over 6,000 km of coastline at the Pacific Ocean. It ranges from the arid desert of Atacama in the north, with its surreal beauty to fjords with monstrous glaciers in the south. Santiago, the national capital is located in the country’s productive Central Valley. Apart from the geophysical differences and beautiful sceneries that are associated with Chile, this country also has various fascinating sites to offer. H

1. Torres del Paine National Park.

Torres del Paine National Park of Chile is situated in the far south side of Patagonia and it is home to some of the most beautiful mountain ranges in South America. Three enormous twin towers or ‘Torres’ rising to almost 5000 meters over the Patagonian plateau form the heart and soul of the park. Mountains lovers get awesome views of the mountains while exercising on the famous ‘W Circuit’ route in the park. Elegant landscapes of tropical and subtropical regions, picturesque turquoise lakes, and the Salto Grande waterfall are ideal places to contemplate the landscapes. Guana co, the Andean condor, and the huemul deer are other animals that can also be found in the area. Known for its magnificent landscapes, Torres del Paine is one of the most visited national parks in Chile.

2. Atacama Desert

The Atacama is most often referred to as the driest desert on the planet and there are parts of it that have not seen a single raindrop for as far back as the records go. This desert is in northern Chile; with the view of a chain of salt lakes and dunes, and a grey and barren land that looks more like Mars than Earth. Some of the very striking features include the gigantic convoluted sandstone formation at Moon Valley, the colored sunset over the dune line in the Valley of the Dead, the vast white flat of Salt Flat lagoons, and the geyser of El Tatio at dawn.

3. Easter Island

It is an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and is perhaps one of the most enigmatic places on the face of the earth. This monumental triangular island situated some 2,300 miles west of Chile in the southern Pacific Ocean was for a long time considered the most remote populated place on the Earth. Easter Island is a popular destination for Thomases eager to meet unknown; in this case, fascinating representatives of the island, called moai – stone giants. These moa’I or human statues are Polynesian sculptures that were chiseled from basalt by indigenous people during the 10th and 16th centuries AD and even to this day no one can explain their true purpose.

4. La Serena

The city’s wide sandy stretches and pleasant sea winds make it aptly named the Chilean city of beach destinations. Overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean, beach avenues are crowded with vacationing people in summer wandering through numerous restaurants and cafes. Just a few kilometers away from the city lies the Elqui Valley area which is rated as having some of the best skies in the southern part of the globe. This makes it favored by astronomers who visit to observe the galaxies and equally favored by New Age spiritists who believe that cosmic power is concentrated here.

5. Valparaíso City Escape

Valparaiso, also referred to as the "Jewel of the Pacific," is a location with a network of stairs and steep alleys linking numerous vibrant areas that slink down towards the seaside. Often called the cultural center of Chile, it is well-known for bohemian ideas, paintings, and funiculars—trolley-like lifts. Walking about the city is one of the finest things about it as most of the roads are rather small and provide a breathtaking perspective of the city. It is also mountainous. For this reason, UNESCO appreciated the marvel of Valparaíso and chose to classify it as a World Heritage Site in 2003. Especially, Valparaíso provides a decent base for touring Chile's renowned wine region.

6. San Pedro de Atacama

Located right in the middle of Chile’s North and in the middle of the Atacama desert, San Pedro de Atacama is one such oasis that seems to offer relief to travelers who can no longer defend themselves from the tag-teaming capabilities of the Atacama Desert. Icy clearness, lunar landscapes, a quartz-like sea, and a nice, intact Indigenous population are here. This small adobe town is the perfect place to start your explorations of the Valle de la Luna, the majestic Andes mountain range, the lagoons with flamingos, and the geyser fields of El Tatio. It also serves as the primary base for exploration tours to the highest active geyser field on the planet.

7. Pucón for Adventure Lovers

Located by the beautiful Lake Villarrica beneath the beautiful snow-capped Villarrica volcanic peak, Pucón is surrounded by beautiful and offers a range of adventurous activities. Aside from ascending the volcano, tourists go there to trek in the natural reserves, see the waterfalls and the river gorges in Liucura River, zip line, skydive, and paraglide. During winter, the nearby slopes serve as the perfect playground to ski and snowboard through the powder. When the hunger comes, one can enjoy good food originating from the region, while participating in stunning views of the lovely lake.

Chile is blessed with almost virgin areas, many national parks, modern and vibrant cities, and beautiful beach resorts, which is why this country can be attractive to all sorts of tourists. Those travelers who will be able to spend their time seeing both this country’s examples of culture and civilization as well as its areas of untouched nature will find as much as in this country is so diverse and interesting. From extreme sports thrills to experiencing rich aboriginal life or just a desire to lie on one of the inconceivable shores, you will fall for Chile which is one of the most captivating tourisms of South America.