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ABOUT CHILE

Chile is a land of diversity and contrasts. Its geography distinguishes it from other destinations. It’s a tri-continental country, possessing territories in America, Antarctica and Oceania. Its territory runs 4,300 kilometers along a narrow strip between the Andes Mountain Range and the Pacific Ocean. It also offers a wonderfully varied mix of landscapes and climates that range from natural wonders like the most arid desert in the world, to glaciers and straits in the Pacific Ocean. There are few experiences as rewarding as admiring gigantic masses of ice, or contemplating one of the clearest skies on the planet. The country is divided into five geographic and climatic zones. The north, marked by the presence of the Atacama Desert; Santiago and the Central Valley, characterized by its Mediterranean climate; the southern zone of lakes, rivers and volcanoes; the extreme south, which includes the Chilean Patagonia and the Antarctic territory; and, finally, the islands, with highlights including Easter Island, Juan Fernández, and Chiloé.

Our tours are focused on the most internationally acclaimed locations within Chile:


THE NORTH & ATACAMA DESERT

The Atacama Desert is the most arid in the world, truly a fascinating and mysterious land. Over a relatively short distance, it’s possible to see astonishing volcanoes, extensive salt flats, geysers, enormous sand dunes, natural hotsprings, fertile valleys, solitary beaches, and varied wildlife. In addition, Chile offers one of the clearest skies in the Southern Hemisphere, which has made it a world-class site for astronomical observation. There is no other country in the world with as many internationally prominent astronomy projects as Chile. The tourist route is made up of a series of observatories that turn the experience of stargazing into a highly pleasant art form, with 340 completely clear nights a year. The oasis of San Pedro de Atacama is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the region, mixing desert landscapes with an extraordinary range of hotel options that create an absolutely unique travel experience. The Andean roots and native traditions still live on in the small village communities of the high plateau. Here, ancestral heritage is highly valued, and its legacy can be experienced in many ways, including the local cuisine. San Pedro has earned international renown thanks to its numerous tourist attractions and first-class infrastructure, all while maintaining the essence of an authentic town immersed in an imposing desert landscape. This northern town is also the place to embark on expeditions to its surrounding areas. A favorite one is a sunrise visit to the Tatio Geysers, located at an altitude of 4,300 meters. Leaving San Pedro towards the southeast, visitors can enjoy attractions like the Atacama Salt Flat and the Chaxa Lagoon, a natural habitat for flamingoes and other birds of the high plateau.


EASTER ISLAND

Easter Island (Isla de Pascua, also known as Rapa Nui) was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. The most remote island on the planet provides testimony to a stillextant culture of Polynesian origin, responsible for the building of the Moais, large stone statues that have earned renown around the world. More than 600 Moai statues created by past generations of the Rapa Nui people can be found throughout the island. The majority of the Moais were carved at the quarries of the Rano Raraku Volcano. Via the paths that wind through this part of the National Park, you can admire these enormous statues, some of them standing as tall as eight meters in height. The island features some of the clearest waters in the world, making diving a must for visitors. In February, the islanders celebrate the traditional Tapati festivities.


SANTIAGO & The Central zone

Santiago is one of the leaders in the region’s quality-of-life rankings. The New York Times named it a premier travel destination,thanks to its growing cultural life, new infrastructure dedicated to the arts, and first-class hotel options. The variety and diversity offered by Santiago can be felt in its various neighborhoods. Exploring them is the best way of getting to know the city and its streets. In the neighborhoods of Lastarria, Italia, and the bohemian Bellavista, there is an array of restaurants, design shops, bars and cafés, creating a truly vibrant experience. Just a few kilometers from Santiago, you’ll find ski centers, vineyards, and the cities of Valparaíso and Viña del Mar, which make up the most important coastal urban network in Chile’s central zone. The capital was the birthplace of the country’s first vineyards, and visits to wineries make for fun, quick and easy excursions. The wine routes in the Maipo, Casablanca and Colchagua valleys offer daily visiting schedules, tastings, wine shops and excellent restaurants. In the winter, the ski centers – including Valle Nevado, La Parva, Portillo, El Colorado and Farellones – fill with powder and attract visitors who come to Chile to ski its famed runs.


WINE COUNTRY

Chile is one of the world’s most important wine exporters, renowned for the quality of its premium wines and revered by specialty wine publications. The 10 tourist routes highlight the history of Chilean wine, offer a glimpse at the process that goes into making each bottle, and feature tastings that are perfectly complemented by the local cuisine. Every area of Chile has its own culinary identity, influenced by the customs of the native people. Chile features a number of wine-producing valleys, with different morphological and climatic conditions. The Casablanca, Maipo, Cachapoal, Colchagua, Curicó and Maule wine routes are geared towards tourists, with excursions that allow you to soak up the history of the vineyards and the art of the wine-making process, in addition to enjoying tastings.


LAKES, RIVERS & VOLCANOES

The south of Chile is a place of great beauty, perfect for enjoyingsporting activities and excursions year round. In the winter, it features ski centers in Nevados de Chillán, Pucón,Volcán Osorno, Antillanca, Huilo Huilo, Las Araucarias, Corralco and Antuco. In the summer, the activities revolve around the lakes and the imposing forests that surround them, with plenty of spots to enjoy water sports, trekking, canopy rides, rafting and volcano climbing. Part of Chile’s ancestral origins lie in the Mapuche culture, and can be experienced throughout the different landscapes that make of the region of La Araucanía. Ninety kilometers from the city of Temuco, you’ll find a wonderful ethnic tourism circuit that lets visitors sample local cuisine, sleep in a traditional dwelling known as “ruca”, and enjoy rowboat excursions on Lake Budi, South America’s only saltwater lake. Pucón is a popular lakeside resort town, and one of the top destinations in southern Chile. Here you’ll find activities for lovers of nightlife, shopping and the outdoors, with casinos, restaurants, fairs, markets, hot spring circuits and national parks. You can kayak on Villarrica Lake, raft on the Trancura River, trek in the Huerquehue and Villarrica parks, and climb the Villarrica Volcano.


TORRES DEL PAINE, Patagonia & the extreme south

Patagonia is one of the few remaining places on the planet unaffected by man,with some truly impressive measurements: 240,000 square kilometers of surface area, a population density of less than one inhabitant per square kilometer, and more than 50 percent of the wildlife areas protected by the State. From one end to the other, you’ll find landscapes containing endless wonders, including its majestic mountains, Campos de Hielo (the Ice Fields), Torres del Paine and Cerro Castillo (Mount Castillo). You’ll also be dazzled by the color and enormity of its lakes, like General Carrera and O’Higgins, and the length of its rivers, including the Baker, Palena and Futaleufú. Torres del Paine National Park is one of the most impressive destinations that Chile has to offer. Declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1978, this 242,000-hectare protected space features lakes, glaciers, rivers, waterfalls, forests, and its unique granite towers, all of which have contributed to Chile’s status as one of the best nature destinations on the planet. A favorite among fly fishing experts, the Aysén area offers luxury hotels, mountain cabins and eco-resorts, which offer all the amenities you’ll need to explore, among other attractions, Queulat National Park, the Ventisquero, and the San Rafael Lagoon, as well as hot springs complexes in Puyuhuapi, and the Carretera Austral (Southern Highway). Torres del Paine National Park is renowned for its horn-like mountaintops, which have made it a favorite among climbers. The area features a variety of circuits for trekking, with varying degrees of difficulty. If you want to explore the park by bike, there are mountain paths that offer gorgeous panoramic views. Kayaking is another option, navigating the Serrano River and exploring pristine areas surrounded by impressive vegetation and glaciers.Excursion options include walking along the beach to Grey Lake to see enormous icebergs, or taking a boat out to the Grey Glacier.



TURISMO MILODON
Av. Vespucio Sur 700 of. 804
Las Condes pos hommmm - Santiago - Chile
Tel.: (56 - 2) 2367 1422
Fax: (56 - 2) 2657 2420
Email: tours@milodon.cl
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