San Pedro de Atacama attracts tourists from all over the world. This town is in the centre of some of the most amazing scenery in Northern Chile. It is close to the country’s largest flamingo-dotted salt flat, numerous volcanoes, geysers, and strange and beautiful rock formations found nowhere else in the world. Its past indigenous heritage is still present in the region´s archeological sites and in the communities living in little not touristy towns lost in the middle of the desert.
The modern capital of Santiago has some of the most spectacular views of any city in the world. A virtual 360° view of the rugged, snow capped Andes Mountains is a striking contrast to the sleek skyline of the business district. In Santiago one can find an interesting combination of traditional culture and westernization. The city’s surroundings offer an easy access to nature that must be sustained through conservation as a valuable part of the city. Santiago’s neighbourhoods are usually areas not accessed and known by visitors from abroad. Although Santiago is a rather westernized capital city for South America, in some of these areas the rich-poor divide is particularly striking.
Chile’s second oldest city has beautiful architecture, crystal clear skies, and miles of golden sandy beaches. Closeby, the mystical Elqui Valley with its 300 clear days per year and starry skies it´s one of the region´s attraction both for locals and tourists. However the region´s increasing desertification due to mono cultives and lack of irrigation constitutes a problem for the future generations.
Communities around Pucón
Pucón is a small town sorrounded by lakes, a smoking volcano, and easy access to practically every adventure sport available. This town is a meeting place for adventure minded people from all over the globe who usually don´t notice the town´s struggling rural community. Some of this communities are also involved in conservation projects of the surrounding forests, realizing that their natural resources can be a way to self-sustainability.
This island belongs to an archipelago where Spain maintainted its last stronghold of colonial power in South America. Today there are still vestiges of this old way of life, entwined with the influences of German immigrants in the late 1800s and of modern-day Chile. On every island, ancient moss-covered wooden churches gracing the seaside, and palafitos (stilt houses) abound. That and the inhabitants cultural richness allows the visitor to benefit from a unique cultural experience.
Patagonia (Chile & Argentina)
Here in Patagonia the land is wild and untamed. It soars into jagged mountain peaks and plunges to the depths of deep gorges carved by unyielding sheets of ice. Patagonia is home to some of the world’s most amazing natural monuments, including snow-capped mountains, windswept plateaus, and turquoise lakes. This is one of the few unspoiled places left where people can stand in complete awe of Mother Nature’s savage beauty and therefore conservation work in this area is one of great importance.
Colorful Valparaíso is Chile’s most important seaport and an increasingly vital cultural center protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is located in the coast just an hour and a half from Santiago. Built upon dozens of steep hillsides overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Valparaíso boasts a labyrinth of streets and cobblestone alleyways. Before the construction of the Panama Canal Valparaiso was one of the most important ports on the Pacific Ocean, and grew over the years with Europeans choosing to settle here, giving it a bohemian and multicultural charm.
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