ABOUT CHILEChile, officially the Republic of Chile, is a country in South America occupying a long, narrow coastal strip between the Andes mountains to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. It borders Peru to the north, Bolivia to the northeast, Argentina to the east, and the Drake Passage in the far south. With Ecuador, it is one of two countries in South America which do not border Brazil. The Pacific coastline of Chile is 6,435 kilometres (4000 mi).
Festivals and Events
Rapa Nui National Park
Rapa Nui National Park is a national park and UNESCO-inscribed World Heritage Site located on Easter Island, Chile. Rapa Nui is the Polynesian name of Easter Island; its Spanish name is Isla de Pascua.
Torres del Paine
Torres del Paine is a Chilean commune located in the inland of Última Esperanza Province and Magallanes Region. The commune is administered by the municipality in Cerro Castillo, the major settlement in the commune. Torres del Paine National Park lies within the commune.
La Sebastiana (Pablo Neruda's House) in Valparaiso
When searching for a coastal respite in Valparaíso, Pablo Neruda related the following specifications to his friend, Sara Vial, "It may not be too high or too low. It must be solitary, but not in excess. I wish neighbors were invisible. I wish I did not see or hear them. Original but not uncomfortable. Very light, but firm. Neither too big nor too small, far from everything. But close to the stores. As well, it has to be very inexpensive. Do you think I can find a house like that in Valparaíso?”
Catedral de Mármol
Just like most natural attractions in South America, Marble Cave has a unique element that makes it so impressive and esteemed by tourists. Limestone has been considered a precious material used in constructions for years; these days, people make sculptures and castles out of marble. Having the possibility to witness a natural cave made entirely of granite is absolutely fantastic."
Climb in Patagonia
For anyone who loves mountains, Patagonia is a must. Its improbably thorny massifs are some of the most iconic visages in the world. They attract the world’s best climbers, but there are plenty of classic routes for moderate climbers, too."
Laja Falls in southcentral Chile
There are stories that this impressive natural landmark was a sacred place for the local Araucan people. The young Araucans had to prove their manhood by walking along the upper rim of the larger falls but the older ones meditated here."
Torres del Paine
In the heart of Patagonia, glaciers rise in the midst of mountainscapes and alpine meadows, close enough to hike right up to and touch. They make Torres del Paine one of the most special national parks in the world — you'll never forget your first sight of ice on the beach.
Atacama Desert in Full Bloom
People do visit Chile’s Atacama Desert, one of the driest places on the planet, for the colors. The barren, sculpted earth is painted with an earthen palette of mineral hues: Purples and pinks, beiges and greens, all deepening and transforming by sunset and moonlight. Hence, the Moon Valley gets its name."
Fiesta de la Tirana
Celebration of the Tirana is a celebration of religious character realised annually in the town of the Tirana, commune Almonte Well, in the Region of Tarapacá, Chile. The celebration is realised each 16th of July, in honor to the Virgin of the Carmen. This is the greater religious celebration of the Great North of Chile and the second most popular one of Chile after the Celebration of the Rosary of Andacollo, meeting in this town of no more than 560 inhabitants between 200,000 and 250,000 visitors during the week of celebrations."
It began as a popular demonstration against the administration of Governor García de Mendoza, in the sixteenth century. The villagers came out in their boats and burned straw bales as an expression of their discontent. The event was so successful that the governor was sacked and since then the parade of ships became a tradition, which over time has become one of the most important events in the region."