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THE NORTH:
THE ATACAMA DESERT IS THE MOST ARID DESERT IN THE WORLD: IN SOME
SPOTS RAINFALL HAS NEVER BEEN RECORDED. IT IS FLANKED BY THE
MAJESTIC ANDES MOUNTAIN RANGE TO THE EAST & THE PACIFIC OCEAN TO
THE WEST. IT IS A POPULAR HAUNT FOR ADVENTURE-SEEKING SOULS WHO
TRAVEL IN 4WD VEHICLES.
ONE OF THE MOST ATTRACTIVE AREAS IN THIS REGION IS THE HIGH
PLATEAU, LOCATED ON AVERAGE AT 4,000 M.A.S.L. CROWNED BY
SNOW-CAPPED VOLCANOS & DOTTED WITH LAKES, IT IS RICH IN WILDLIFE
WHICH INCLUDES LLAMAS, ALPACAS, GUANACOS, AND THREE SPECIES
OF FLAMINGOES.
THE MAIN CITIES ARE LOCATED IN THE STEEP COASTAL AREA. ONE OF
THEM IQUIQUE, IS ALSO A DUTY FREE ZONE, WHICH MAKES IT A POPULAR
DESTINATION FOR SHOPPING. ARICA HAS GREAT BEACHES WITH WARM
WATERS AND A COSMOPOLITAN ATMOSPHERE, DUE TO ITS LOCATION ON
THE BORDER WITH PERU.

THE MAIN ATTRACTIONS IN THIS REGION ARE:
- ARICA (GATEWAY TO THE HIGH PLATEAU)
- AZAPA AND LLUTA VALLEYS
- LAKE CHUNGARA (EAST OF ARICA)
- SURIRE SALTFLAT
- IQUIQUE
- RUINS OF THE HUMBERSTONE NITRATE MINE OFFICE (EAST OF IQUIQUE)
- DUTY FREE ZONE OF IQUIQUE (ZOFRI)
- ANTOFAGASTA
- CHUQUICAMATA (THE LARGEST OPEN PIT COPPER MINE IN THE WORLD)
- ATACAMA SALTFLAT (INLAND OF ANTOFAGASTA)
- VALLE DE LA LUNA
- SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA (HIGH PLATEAU COLONIAL VILLAGE)
- EL TATIO GEYSERS (EAST OF CALAMA)
- LA SERENA (THE MOST POPULAR BEACH IN CHILE AT THE MOMENT)
- LAS TACAS (MEDITERRANEAN-STYLE RESORT SOUTH OF LA SERENA)
- MORRILLOS (RESORT SOUTH OF LA SERENA)
- VICUNA(BIRTHPLACE OF POETESS GABRIELA MISTRAL)

THE CENTRAL ZONE:
DUE TO ITS GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION, SANTIAGO IS THE IDEAL STARTING
POINT FOR TRIPS TO THE BEACH, COUNTRYSIDE, MOUNTAINS, ALL OF THEM
LOCATED JUST A COUPLE OF HOURS FROM THE CAPITAL.

SKIING EXCURSIONS
DURING WINTER, AN IDEAL EXCURSION IS A VISIT TO ONE OF THE SKI
RESORTS, THE BEST IN SOUTH AMERICA, LOCATED JUST A SHORT DISTANCE
FROM THE CITY. GOOD ROADS AND BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPE TAKE YOU TO THE
FOLLOWING RESORTS.
- FARELLONES-EL COLORADO34 KMS.
- LA PARVA38 KMS.
- VALLE NEVADO 42 KMS.
- PORTILLO152 KMS. NORTHEAST OF SANTIAGO

EXCURSIONS TO THE COAST
VINA DEL MAR (120 KMS. WEST OF SANTIAGO) IS ONE OF THE MAIN BEACH
RESORTS IN CHILE. IT HAS A CASINO.

THE PACIFIC ISLANDS:
EASTER ISLAND (RAPA NUI), LOCATED 3,800 KMS. FROM THE COAST OF
CHILE, IS THE LARGEST OPEN-AIR ARCHEOLOGICAL MUSEUM IN THE WORLD.
ITS MYSTERIOUS MOAIS HAVE FASCINATED MANKIND FOR CENTURIES & ITS
BEAUTIFUL BEACHES ATTRACT THOSE IN SEARCH OF A
POLYNESIAN-ATMOSPHERE.
ROBINSON CRUSOE(JUAN FERNANDEZ ARCHIPELAGO) LOCATED 500 KMS. FROM
THE CONTINENT, WAS SCENARIO USED BY DANIEL DEFOE FOR HIS FAMOUS
NOVEL. THE ISLAND IS A BOTANICAL SANCTUARY THAT FEATURES A LARGE
NUMBER OF UNIQUE SPECIES. IT CAN BE REACHED BY PLANE &, AS THERE
ARE NO VEHICLES ON THE ISLAND, YOU CAN ONLY TOUR IT ON SMALL
BOATS OR ON HORSEBACK.


THE SOUTH OF CHILE:
THE LANDSCAPE IN SOUTHERN CHILE REMINDS YOU OF SWITZERLAND, BUT
WITH THE ADDED ATTRACTION OF ACTIVE VOLCANOS WHOSE SILHOUETTES
ARE REFLECTED IN THE CRYSTAL-LIKE WATERS OF THE LAKES. CLAD
WITH VIRGIN FORESTS, THIS AREA IS IDEAL FOR A CLOSE ENCOUNTER
WITH NATURE, ECO TOURISM, FISHING OR SPORTS, AND FOR GOING ON
ADVENTURE-PACKED RAFTRIDES DOWN THE RIVERS. IN WINTER, ENJOY

UNIQUE EXPERIENCE OF SKIING DOWN THE SLOPES OF THE VOLCANOS,
WITH A SPECTACULAR VIEW OVER THE LAKES.

THE MAIN ATTRACTIONS HERE ARE:
- TERMAS DE CHILLAN (SKI RESORT EAST OF CHILLAN)
- TEMUCO
- LLAIMA VOLCANO (SKI RESORT)
- PUERTO DOMINGUEZ AND LAKE BUDI
- LAKE VILLARRICA
- VILLARRICA VOLCANO (SKI RESORT)
- LAKE RANCO
- LAKE PANGUIPULLI
- LAKE RUPANCO
- LAKE LLANQUIHUE
- LAKE PUYEHUE
- ALL SAINTS' LAKE
- VALDIVIA (CITY SURROUNDED BY RIVERS)
- CORRAL, NIEBLA AND MANCERA (AREA OF SPANISH FORTS)
- TERMAS DE PUYEHUE (NATIONAL PARK)
- ANTILLANCA (SKI RESORT)
- FRUTILLAR (MUSIC FESTIVAL)
- PUERTO VARAS
- PUERTO MONTT
- ANCUD (ISLE OF CHILO)
- CASTRO (CITY OF "PALAFITOS", CAPITAL OF THE ISLE OF CHILO)


5. THE SOUTHERNMOST ZONE
THE SOUTHERNMOST TIP OF THE AMERICAN CONTINENT HAS A INCLEMENT &
UNIQUE CLIMATE. NO WHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD WIL THE VISITOR FIND
SUCH UNTOUCHED LANDSCAPE. THE AIR HERE IS AMONGST THE MOST PURE
ON EARTH.

THE MAIN ATTRACTIONS ARE:
- TERMAS DEL AMARILLO (INLAND OF CHAITN)
- LAKE YELCHO (SOUTH OF PUERTO CARDENAS)
- LAKE ROSSELOT (SOUTHEAST OF LA JUNTA)
- LAKE ELIZALDE (SOUTHWEST OF COIHAIQUE)
- SAN RAFAEL LAGOON (PENINSULA OF TAITAO)
- LAKE GENERAL CARRERA (SOUTH OF COIHAIQUE)
- PUNTA ARENAS
- FUERTE BULNES (FIRST CHILEAN SETTLEMENT IN THE SOUTHERN MOST
PART)
- PUERTO NATALES (PORT OF ENTRY TO THE FAMOUS TORRES DEL PAINE
NATIONAL PARK
- TORRES DEL PAINE (NATIONAL PARK, WITH LAKES AND MOUNTAINS OF
UNEQUALLED BEAUTY)
- LAKE BLANCO (SALMON FISHING, TIERRA DEL FUEGO)
- PUERTO WILLIAMS (THE SOUTHERNMOST PLACE IN THE WORLD THAT'S
PERMANENTLY INHABITED), GLACIERS (AGOSTINI, GARIBALDI & OTHERS)
- CHILEAN ANTARCTIC TERRITORY (ACCESSIBLE BY AIR THROUGH THE
CHILEAN AIRFORCE TENIENTE MARSH BASE).
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