Chile is one of South America’s most stable and prosperous nations, leading Latin American nations in competitiveness, income per capita, globalization and economic freedom
Chile is a long, narrow strip of land between the Andes Mountains to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west.
The northern desert contains great mineral wealth, principally copper. The relatively small central area dominates in terms of population and agricultural resources. Southern Chile is rich in forests and grazing lands, and features a string of volcanoes and lakes.
Chile is one of South America’s most stable and prosperous nations, leading Latin American nations in competitiveness, income per capita, globalization and economic freedom, with Free Trade Agreements with 58 countries.
Chile is one of the most visually captivating places in South America. Dramatic mountain ranges and plains encompass this 4,000 km strip of land along western South America, creating picturesque moments at every turn. Chile borders Peru, Bolivia and Argentina, and it is the last stop before embarking on an adventure to Easter Island, home of the extraordinary moai statues.
Chile also has cultural wonders making this country truly unique. For one, although Chile has Spanish colonial influence, it also has indigenous tribes that are reflected in daily life. Indigenous folk music and festivals can be heard year around since it is popular throughout the entire country. Though folk music may have historic roots, Chileans have embraced this native music to reflect their feelings about current politics and their economy.
With an abundance of natural wonders, Chile is a hot spot for the extreme tourism industry. Arguably, the Parque Nacional Lauca is one of the most awe inspiring national parks, encompassing over 1,300 km2 of land. Bursting with wildlife, lava fields, and altitudes that reach more than 6,000 meters, hikers should be prepared to acclimate to thin air and frigid temperatures. However, the breathtaking scenery of the lake Lago Chungaro, or the cavernous lava fields is well worth the effort.
if you’re looking to take a break from the wilderness, look no further than Chile’s capital city, Santiago. Filled with museums dedicated to the arts and culture of Chile, with a beautiful Plaza des Armas town square, and a thriving nightlife; Santiago may be too busy for some, but is a lively atmosphere for locals and tourists alike.
Lastly, if your heart yearns for the giant-headed moai statues, you are not alone. 100,000+ people annually visit the tiny isle of Rapa Nui, also known as Easter Island. That number doesn’t sound like much compared to other popular destinations, but for a small island with limited resources it can pack a punch. The stone statues have a mysterious past, which draws in curious crowds by the thousands.
Between the stoic landscapes, the mysterious moai, and an interesting, evolving culture, Chile is an impressive country. Chile offers an endless supply of adventures, if you’re willing to take the plunge.
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In Buenos Aires, one dances the tango, visit the Boca Juniors football club in the colorful neighborhood of La Boca, stroll through the stalls of the market in San Telmo and dive into the vibrant nightlife until late at night. Welcome to the ‘Paris of South America’!
During your stay in Buenos Aires you will quickly discover what the capital of Argentina derives its nickname from. The grandeur drips from the city center, the parks are designed after Paris’ model and the nightlife has no equal anywhere in the world.
The economic downturn has created a huge gap between rich and poor. In Buenos Aires, the villas are located in the north of the city. Workers’ houses can be found in the port district of La Boca, San Telmo and the other southern districts. The slums begin even further away from the city center.
Despite their poverty, La Boca and San Telmo are very popular neighborhoods. La Boca, founded by Italian immigrants from Genoa, owes its fame mainly to football club Boca Juniors and the street of Caminito. Houses in all colors of the rainbow create a colorful street scene here.
Don’t miss the San Telmo district during your stay in Buenos Aires. San Telmo is the birthplace of tango. Where better to learn this amazing dance than in the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires?
Danced out? Time to bargain hunt in Sal Telmo. Buenos Aires is a shopaholics paradise thanks to its large shopping centers and busy Florida Street. But the best bargains can be found on the Sunday market in San Telmo. Here you can stroll among souvenirs and art galleries and enjoy the music on the street.
In the Palermo Viejo district you continue your shopping trip along many hip boutiques. This district is also the heart of Buenos Aires’ nightlife with countless bars and clubs. There is no fixed closing time. You can party here quietly until the next afternoon.
There is one disadvantage: certainly in the weekend you do not really have to enter Palermo Viejo before three o’clock in the morning. Steps in Buenos Aires are preferably done very late! During your tour of Argentina, don’t forget to eat a tender steak at one of the parrillas. Here the chefs bake large pieces of meat on a wooden fire.
The last must-see during your holiday in Buenos Aires is the Recoleta Cemetery. Here you will visit the grave of Evita Perón, the former First Lady and most famous woman of Argentina.
Make sure to reserve some time for it. Evita Perón’s grave may be a place of pilgrimage, but it is well hidden. The cemetery is a maze of stone. Suddenly you see a group of tourists photographing through small roads. You found it!
Argentina is known for its wines, particularly Malbec. Along with tango, asado and soulful conversation, wine lies at the heart of Argentine cultural identity. Sharing a bottle over a meal (or a picada is part of ordinary life. What has made the country’s wine famous world over is its terroir. Argentina still has swaths of virgin land and micro-climates with unusually extreme temperature varietals that produce grapes of distinctive taste and quality. The country is uniquely suited to wine culture and production and it is the world’s fifth-largest producer.
Malbec is the country’s flagship wine. Many say that the immigrant grape has been “practically abandoned” by Europe. Of course, the wine selection in Argentina is about much more than Malbec, and there is growing emphasis on producing other types of wine in the country. Most people with a basic working knowledge of Argentine wine will be familiar with the country’s Mendoza and Salta wine regions, but the country holds far more than that for the exploratory sommelier. If you’re a wine-lover heading to Argentina, please contact us as soon as possible.
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