South American country Chile occupies a long, narrow strip of land between the Andes mountains and the Pacific Ocean. The northern area of Chile is the driest desert in the world, the Atacama desert. Central Chile is small, but contains most of the population and agricultural resources, as well as the country's main cultural and political centre. The southern area, in contrast to the north, has flourishing forests, numerous volcanoes, and several lakes.
Where to go
Torres del Paine National Park – The 181,000-hectare park is home to approximately 100 bird species, and also to a large number of mammals including the Puma, Chilla Fox, and Guemal, a South American deer. From there, visitors can go trekking, horseback riding, climbing, mountaineering, or camping.
Chiloe Island – In the island is the Church of Castro, a church that was made entirely out of wood with a unique blend of Neo-Gothic and classic design. Penguin lovers must not miss the chance to see adorable penguins up close at the Pinguineras!
Museum of Memory and Human Rights – The museum is relatively new, but is the place to learn more about the military dictatorship in Chile under General Augusto Pinochet. Despite its solemn ambience, many tourists visit the museum to see the details of the coup d'etat, how the Chilean citizens were tortured, and to gain a better insight of Chile's history.
The route to Buenos Aires, Argentina from Santiago is one of the busiest ones. Watch football games and other sports at the Bombonera stadium and eventually you'll discover you've become a Boca Juniors fan. If strolling through a maze of enchanting mausoleums and tombstones is your thing, frolic over to Cementario de la Recoleta.
Next in line is the route to São Paulo, Brazil, where visitors can tour the São Paulo Museum of Art and Theatro Municipal, as well as scavenge the flea market at Praça Benedito Calixto for some amazing finds. Another interesting place in São Paulo is the Parque da Juventude (or Park of Youth); its site originally stood the prison Penitenciária de Carandiru, wherein 111 inmates were killed during a riot. Many years later, it is now a park with a large sports centre, the leisure centre, and an area that offers technical courses and digital inclusion program.
Visit the Miami Seaquarium in Miami, Florida to encounter reefs, dolphins, and seals, as well as the other animals in the oceanarium. You can also watch mesmerising shows involving killer whales, dolphins, and sea lions! If marine life isn't exactly your thing, there is also an interactive zoological park called the Jungle Island in Watson Island, and of course the Zoo Miami is open for visitors as well. For more wildlife fly off to Sydney, Australia, home of Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, Wild Life Sydney, Manly Sea Life Sanctuary, and Taronga Zoo. Additionally, you can get a tan and enjoy water sports and other beach activities at the world-famous Bondi Beach.
How to get out
The Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport is the primary air passenger gateway into Chile. It is a hub for LAN Airlines, Sky Airline, PAL Airlines, One Airlines, and Aerocardal, but also serves Avianca, Copa Airlines, KLM, United Airlines, and others.
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