The New York Times once again turns its attention to Chile’s tourist destinations. January 16th marks the 50th anniversary of the e legendary Torres del Paine! The 242-hectare park was created in May 1959 and is part of the National System of Protected Areas of the State of Chile. In 1978 it was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.
If you travel to Torres del Paine we recommend doing the famous ‘W’ trek – chosen by Lonely Planet magazine as the best multi-day tour in the world, thanks to its spectacular views and for being one of the best ways to discover Chilean Patagonia.
The newspaper published an extensive report on the national park entitled: “Chilean Patagonia’s Peaks, Up Close“. Click-on the links to read more!
Are you a fan of Poet Pablo Neruda? If you are in Chile, you should definitely take the time to visit his unique homes, which are open for tours. The homes reveal a man of surprising tastes and reflect on the country’s tumultuous past. We recommend visiting his Isla Negra home as that is the final resting place of Neruda and his wife, whose graves face the sea. If you want to learn more, read this excellent article by the LA Times : http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-neruda-20110501,0,4236577.story
Isla Negra Home
La Sebastiana – Valparaiso
La Chascona – Santiago
The holidays is the perfect time of year to be with the one you love the most: yourself. If you are unmarried, divorced, widowed or simply apart from friends and family this holiday season you have the opportunity to be in the direst desert in the world or if you are up for a bit of adventure how about trekking Angel Falls, the highest waterfall in the world, or trekking Torres del Paine in the Chilean Patagonia? What about seeing the anaconda in person? Explore “solo travel ideas” and spend some wonderful time with yourself.
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