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  • 1 Parque Nacional Villarrica Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    RCH - Pucón

    Thanks to its woods, lakes and volcanoes and its proximity to Pucón, the Parque Nacional Villarrica is one of the most popular natural areas in Chile. It's worth taking a trip to the Villarrica crater, with its swirling mass of red lava, although cau..

  • 2 Parque Nacional Huerquehue Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    RCH - Collentañe

    The Parque Nacional Huerquehue is a real gem! With its constellation of small emerald lakes surrounded by monkey puzzle trees the park is home to the tiny pudú (a deer the size of a hare). Take a hike along the footpath around the lakes, followed by ..

  • 3 Parque Nacional Puyehue Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    RCH - Puyehue

    Puyehue volcano, the main highlight of the Parque Nacional Puyehue, has had a major influence on the park's landscape. The surrounding area was badly damaged following the 1960 eruption, which completely destroyed the rain forest which once stood her..

  • 4 Southern Highway Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    RCH - Puerto Montt

    The Carretera Austral starts at Puerto Montt and finishes at Villa O'Higgins, running for 1 240km through the southernmost part of the country. Opened in 1996, the relatively new but already renowned Southern Highway is an extension of the Pan-Americ..

  • 5 Parque Nacional Laguna San Rafael Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    RCH - Puerto Montt

    The Parque Nacional Laguna San Rafael is home to a number of fine glaciers which can be approached by boat. San Rafael lake offers the magical spectacle of icebergs calving off the ice field at San Valentin peak which overlooks the lake and runs down..

  • 6 Penguin colonies Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    RCH - Punta Arenas

    The shores of the Magallanes region are home to breeding colonies of Magellan penguins. Two large colonies are accessible to the general public near Punta Arenas - one in the Otway fjord and the other at the Monument Natural Los Pingüinos, on Isla Ma..

  • 7 Chilean Tierra del Fuego Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    RCH - Porvenir

    The fires which the "canoe people" kept alight to keep themselves warm on the islands situated the other side of the Strait of Magellan gave this area its name of Tierra del Fuego. Porvenir is the main village of the Chilean zone of this ex..

  • 8 Bellavista District Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Plaza Caupolicán RCH - Santiago

    The picturesque, colourful district of Bellavista, in Santiago, lies at the foot of San Cristóbal hill. With a lively atmosphere from dawn to dusk, this area is full of young people, musicians and street peddlers and is home to a multitude of cafés, ..

  • 9 La Chascona Interesting

    Museums and art

    192 Fernando Márquez de La Plata RCH - Santiago

    Consisting of three small houses surrounded by vegetation, La Chascona is the soul of Bellavista, reflecting the colourful atmosphere of this district. It was here that the poet Pablo Neruda lived with his wife during his visits to Santiago. The hous..

  • 10 Cajón del Maipo Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    RCH - San José de Maipo

    Situated to the southeast of Santiago and not far from the capital, the Cajón del Maipo, a canyon with a fast-flowing river which flows down from the Andes, is a popular Sunday outing for the city's residents. A wide range of outdoor activities, such..

  • 11 La Sebastiana Interesting

    Museums and art

    692 Ricardo de Ferrari RCH - Valparaíso

    La Sebastiana is an incredible house perched over several levels on the slopes of the Cerro Bellavista, one of the residential hills of Valparaíso. The house overlooks the port, the bay and the sea which was so loved by Pablo Neruda who once lived he..

  • 12 Central Valley Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    RCH - Rancagua

    The Pan-American highway follows the Central Valley, a long fertile strip of land in the centre of Chile, situated between the coastal mountains and the Andes. Head off the highway to explore the charming countryside here, with its farms, wineries an..

  • 13 Reserva Nacional Altos de Lircay Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    RCH - Vilches Alto

    Andean steppes and high-altitude lakes, volcanoes, rivers such as the Lircay, and forests of indigenous species inhabited by a variety of wildlife - this is the Reserva Nacional Altos de Lircay, situated 1hr 30min from Talca. This reserve is very pop..

  • 14 Humberstone Interesting

    Museums and art

    RCH - Humberstone

    Humberstone is a deserted mining town amid the arid pampa of the Norte Grande. The town's inhabitants accrued huge wealth from 1880 onwards through working the largest saltpetre mine in the world, then saw the industry collapse overnight around 1918...

  • 15 Pukará de Quitor Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    RCH - Quitor

    To protect their oasis, in the 12C the people of Atacama built fortresses known as pukará on the hillsides. It was in the labyrinth of the Pukará de Quitor, now in ruins, that the native warriors in the 16C attempted (in vain) to stop the advance of ..

  • 16 Parque Nacional Pan de Azúcar Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    RCH - Chañaral

    Situated on the Norte Chico coast, the Parque Nacional Pan de Azúcar combines the pleasures of the seaside with stunning natural landscapes. Overlooked by high cliffs, the beaches and coves here are perfect for surfing and camping. The wildlife inclu..

  • 17 Parque Nacional Nevado Tres Cruces Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    RCH - Copiapó

    Popular with mountaineers, the Parque Nacional Nevado Tres Cruces is difficult to access. Home to a salt desert and two high-altitude lakes (Laguna Santa Rosa and Laguna del Negro Francisco), the park comprises 61 000 hectares of superb natural scene..

  • 18 Parque Nacional Fray Jorge Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    RCH - Ovalle

    The Parque Nacional Fray Jorge is unusual in that it is home to a luxuriant forest within the arid region of the Norte Chico. The camanchaca, a mist which forms over the Pacific Ocean, condenses as it meets the cliffs on the coast, creating a ball of..

  • 19 Osorno Volcano Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    RCH - Osorno

    The numerous craters on the side of the imposing Osorno volcano have preserved its imposing summit from eruption. The summit dominates a landscape of glacial lakes in the Parque Nacional Vicente Pérez Rosales, which is home to the secret route of the..

  • 20 Parque Pumalín Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    RCH - Chaitén

    The Parque Pumalín is a fine example of a privately run park with excellent organisation. A model of environmentally friendly practices, the park was founded by a couple of Americans whose aim was to protect the southern rainforest from commercial lo..

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