Below is a top ten list of things worth doing and seeing if you’re planning a trip to Chile, or wasn’t planning a trip to Chile and perhaps after reading, a visual or description or two will change your mind.
The Magical and Isolated Easter Island:
A special territory of Chile that was annexed in 1888, Easter Island is famous for its 887 extant monumental statues, called moai, created by the early Rapanui people. It is a World Heritage Site with most of the island protected inside Rapa Nui National Park. Easter Island is claimed to be the most remote inhabited island in the world and apparently, the lineage of folks who live in Easter Island trace back to Polynesia and Micronesia, not the migration originally thought.
Patagonia aka the Switzerland of the South:
You’ll see why they call Patagonia the Switzerland of the South. Taking in the southernmost section of the Andes mountains to the southwest towards the Pacific ocean and from the east of the cordillera to the valleys, it follows south through Colorado River towards Carmen de Patagones in the Atlantic Ocean. The name Patagonia comes from the word patagón used by Magellan in 1520 to describe the native people that his expedition thought to be giants. Breathtaking. If the images don’t get you there, then I don’t know what will. Below is Grey Glacier, which is part of Torres del Paine National Park.
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