Sights in Chile

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Salar de Surire

Salar de Surire

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The Republic of Chile is situated in the western part of South America. This long narrow strip-like country has the Andes mountain range to its east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. The country has a shoreline of more than 6,000 km. Chile Sights are full of natural beauty and extremities. The sheer variety of color of nature in Chile is awesome.

Atacama Desert

The Atacama Desert, situated in the north of Chile, is the driest place on earth. The sand and stone structures in Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley) is bizarre. The place got its name because the landscape resembles that of the moon. Some places in Atacama have seen a drop of rain in over 100 years. The different shades of pink and red caused by the setting sun are  magnificent.

Easter Island

Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, is also known as the navel of the world and is isolated from the world. The nearest land mass is Chile which is also around 3,200 km away. The island was discovered by a Spanish sailor in 1772. The big statues, or the Moais, are the major attractions here. Some of these statues overlooking the sea will make you feel as if they are guarding the island from the outsiders. These 18-feet tall ancient structures are historical wonders of the world.

Patagonia Desert

The Patagonia Desert is in the south of Chile and is of a completely different nature than Atacama. This is a cold desert and is one of the least inhabited places in South America. This area is secluded from rest of the country by two big ice-capped hills and the famous Strait of Magellan. Here you will find the great rocky Torres del Paine. In Torres del Paine the snow-capped pillars of rocks rise vertically from the plain toward the sky. If you travel farther south from the town of Punta Arenas you will find a vast plain and uninhabited lands. Some of the islands in Patagonia are only inhabited by elephants and penguins. The Otway Sound Penguin Reserve near Punta Arenas is the home of Magellan penguins.

Lake District

Central Chile is different from the northern deserts and the southern cold snowy rocks and vast plains. Central Chile is full of green pine forests, snow capped mountains and beautiful blue lakes. In the Chile Lake District there are more than a dozen major lakes. The beautiful lakes dotted with hot springs and waterfalls make this place a vacationer’s delight. The six active volcanoes in this region also are an attraction for the adventure lovers. Villarica, known as the Fujiama of Chile, is the biggest of them all.

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Easter Island

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The most remote island in the world, and it has moai!

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