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Chile: Our New Travel Destination

After traveling to Chile in April 2012, Turpial Travel is happy to announce the grand opening of its new destination! Please visit our website and check out our new tour packages at www.turpialtravel.com. The packages were handpicked and designed based on our experience while traveling through this magnificent country.

What does Chile have to offer? Amazing destinations such as:

  • Patagonia one of most famous regions of Chile. It offers dramatic landscapes that include dazzling explosion of islands, glaciers, icebergs and mountains. As the Lonely Planet states, “it is an ultimate outdoor cathedral”. In the northern part you find Parque Pumalin that offers sublime settings of waterfalls, turquoise lakes, hot springs, misty fjords, fern-choked trails and ancient forests. Laguna San Rafael is awe-inspiring as it is a national park that has one of the most magnificent glacier a million years in the making and melting steadily. What about traveling through a dusty wash-road to nowhere? Drive through Carretera Austral, a 1200 km romp through Andean backcountry dotted with parks and pioneer homesteads. Lastly, for a true Wild West experience, don’t forget to visit Palena, a true a sample of Patagonia’s cowboy country! Southern Patagonia hosts the incomparable Torres del Paine National Park.

  • Atacama Desert, specifically San Pedro de Atacama, a precordillera oasis village turned into a tourist boomtown. Its popularity stems from its position in the heart of some of northern Chile’s most spectacular scenery.

  • Easter Island famous for its Moai statues which are symbols of what was and what was lost and Robinson Crusoue Island (Juan Fernández archipelago), a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve declared a national park in 1935 and once an anonymous waypoint for pirates, sealers and war ships, Juan Fernández is a real paradise for outdoors lovers who are great hikers up staircase-steep hills.

  • Central Valley (Valle Central) Region which hosts world class vineyards in the Aconcagua, Casablanca, Maipo, Colchagua and Maule.

  • Lake Region/District famous for its spectacular scenery of deep blue mountain lakes, snow-capped volcanos, pristine beauty of alerce (larch) forests, popular resorts, year-round sports, and traditional folklore, handicrafts and legends.

  • Santiago the capital is a focal point of Latin American commerce and the point of entry for nearly all international travelers. Places to visit include: Plaza de Armas, Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombiano, Placio de la Moneda, Mercado Central, Cerro Santa Lucia, Barrio Bellas Artes, La Chascona (Pablo Neruda’s house), Cerro San Cristobal, Barrio and Barrio Brasil. Top acitivities inlcude: skiing. trekking, horseback riding, surfing, and rafting.

  • Valparaíso located 120 km northwest from Santiago and in 2003 declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. In its golden years, it was known as “Little San Francisco” and the” Jewel of the Pacific.” Its historical importance, natural beauty, and unique architecture make this city a place worth visiting. Valparaiso is the birthplace of significant figures, such as Augusto Pinochet and Salvador Allende. Here you also find the residence of famous artists like Pablo Neruda and Nicaraguan poet Rubén Dario.  Viña del Mar, considered Chile’s most luxurious beach resort town, attracting visitors from all over the world. A beach to see Reñaca. Other major attractions to visit include the Municipal Casino founded in 1930, the famous Viña del Mar International Song Festival in the striking natural tree lined hill of Quinta Vergara Amphitheater; and the Viña del Mar Film Festival, founded in 1967 as the First Latin American Film Festival and was also the first gathering of Latin American filmmakers

We look forward to creating memorable traveling experience for you!

The Turpial Travel Team

www.turpialtravel.com

 

 

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Did you know?

Did you know that Latin America and the Caribbean have one of the greatest endowments of natural capital in the world? Did you know that the region is the site of six of the world’s most biodiverse countries—Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela—as well as the single most biologically diverse area in the world, the Amazon rainforest? South America alone has more than 40 percent of the Earth’s biodiversity, and more than one-quarter of its forests. UNDP Report: Latin America and Caribbean are “biodiversity superpower”; 02 December 2010.

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Are you an adrenaline junkie?

Rafting in the Siniguis (IV – V) and Acequia Rivers (Level III) is said to be the best water coaster in all of Venezuela. You can also find good rafting in Puerto La Cruz and the Gran Sabana, but none like these. These rivers are born in Pico Bolivar “Bolivar Peakand as there is no population between Guamanchi and the top of the mountain the water is clear and wonderful to raft in. I did rafting in Chile, where I am, but the levels here are tremendous! “Qué cosa tan buena”!

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Andean Mountains

Sierra of La Culata

Bound by the Sierra Nevada and Sierra de la Culata, the Venezuelan Andean  ecosystem consists of mostly glacier formed valleys and plains with a large variety of lakes, peat bogs and wet grasslands intermingled with shrublands and forest patches. Read more

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Did you know what inspired “Up’s” Lost World and Paradise Falls?

Did you know that the centerpiece of Up’s “Lost World” was inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World and a legendary waterfall found in Venezuela which cascades a staggering 9,700 feet from cloud-enshrouded cliffs to the jungle below?  

Did you know that although Up’s “Paradise Falls” does not exist in the real world, the sketches, photographs, and videos used by Director Pete Docter to create Up’s fictional waterfall were taken from Canaima National Park? Read more

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