ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Top 5 Places to visit in Chile

Updated on April 28, 2012

There are a number of things to do and places to visit in the country of Chile. These tourist sites in Chile all have their own unique history, culture and traditions and we will spend some time exploring the top ones that you won’t want to miss. If you are just visiting or are looking for a better understanding of Chilean culture these places will greatly help you understand a little bit more about their culture.

Easter Island

The first place that is a must see is Easter Island (Moai) The Chilean People refer to the island heads as Moai (meaning a stone figure). These figures stretch across the island some estimate the number of stone figures that are there are in the hundreds. Some of the stone faces have deteriorated over time but some have been lifted up and restored to their original splendor. Most are lying on the ground having falling over after many years of being neglected and torn apart.

Most historians recognize that the stone that was used to carve these great figures was a local quarry not to far away. The figures according to historians were most likely carved at the quarry site and then by using a system of rollers or logs and a system of pulleys were brought to where they currently reside on the island. Most of these figures are thought to represent a chief in the local village but no one is for sure since the original people who built them have never been found..

Santiago

Santiago is the next destination that is a must see in Chile. This bustling capitol city has over five million people in it and has many attractions and places to see. Santiago is surrounded by many landscapes to the east you will see the vast snow peaked caps of the Andes mountains and to the west you will see the coastal range to the west. In this city in the heart of Chile you can explore political and social changes right from the history books. Explore the great architecture of a once great civilization and breathe in the aromas of the traditional food that is still made as their ancestors made it hundreds of years ago. There is also continuous entertainment in the downtown sections so you are never at a loss where to go for life day or night.

Reserva Nacional Los Flamencos

If you are looking into some of the natural wonders instead Chile also offers some of the best natural wonders you will see in South America. One of the best places to look into would be surrounding the National Reserve of Los Flamencos near San Pedro. N the reserve you can experience extremely surreal landscapes full of natural Ecological wonders, exotic animal species, as well as Striking natural formations. You can visit the valley of the moon called (valle de la Luna) or take a swim into any number of lakes and rivers formed by the natural formation of the area. The salt lakes also offer some of the most dramtic views of the volcanoes in the andes mountain chain you will ever see.

Castro

This is one of the many towns in Chile but this one has some very unique aspects that you may find enjoyable on your travels. This town is specifically famous for its distinctive rows of stilted houses that line the main roads to the estuaries. The locals use this to their advantage and you will find many wonderful homemade crafts and traditional handicrafts for sale here outside the main city at very low prices. You can also take in some of the many restaurants in the area and taste some of the original and traditional seafood plates that are available. The town became famous for one landmark called the Iglesias San Francisco it is painted in remarkable colors and it projects wonderful colors and art that is pleasing to the eye.

El Tatio Geysers

Again those that are enamored with the natural wonders of the world there is one more location that is a must see for expats and tourist in Chile. This is the El Tatio Geysers it is the worlds highest geyser field at over 13000 ft above sea level. The streams of hot stream and water can shoot out of these geysers at over 40 ft. With the explosions of these geysers they leave unusual and fascinating formations all-around the area that will have any geologist jump for joy at the aspect of seeing some of the wonders of the inner crust of these mountains. So a trip here will be worth your times.

Comments

Submit a Comment

  • profile image

    sparkle 

    7 years ago

    thanks this is very helpful

  • Solange Sol profile image

    Solange Sol 

    8 years ago from California

    Nice page...

    Very informative.

  • Kadmiels profile imageAUTHOR

    Kadmiels 

    8 years ago from Florida

    The Altiplano (Spanish for high plain), in west-central South America, where the Andes are at their widest, is the most extensive area of high plateau on earth outside of Tibet. Lake Titicaca is its best known geographical feature.

  • estranged911 profile image

    estranged911 

    8 years ago from India!

    Where does Altiplano lies?

  • profile image

    morgan hale 

    8 years ago

    that is very awesome

working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)