This year, Chile is set to become one of the most coveted destinations for travelers around the globe after being awarded as the Best Adventure Tourism Destination by the World Travel Awards and the Travvy Awards. Located at the end of the world in South America, Chile is a long and narrow country with wide geographic contrasts. Travelers can experience heart-warming sunrises in the Andes, then enjoy extreme sports, and on the same day, relax watching the sunset near the coast. They can then travel towards the north and discover the windows to the universe, get to know the vastness of its millennial nature or explore the south and sail through ice giants in the Chilean Patagonia.
A World-Renowned Destination: For the sixth consecutive year, Chile was chosen as the Best Adventure Tourism Destination in the world, a recognition that is announced every year by the World Travel Awards (WTA). The Conguillio Park has been selected by travelers as one of the most beautiful forest destinations in the world, it is known for having spectacular hiking roads and for its remarkable preservation efforts. Additionally, the Atacama Desert has been recognized for its implacable beauty and clear skies. According to NASA, the environment in the Atacama Desert is so dry and vast that it resembles the landscape in Mars.
Witness Unique Natural Events: By exploring Chile from north to south, travelers may experience some of the most unique events in the world. Between the months of September and November, the Atacama Desert becomes a witness of a natural spectacle in which 200 native flower species bloom; offering a beautiful view that covers the rough desertic lands in purple. Also, Chile has a unique location in the map as it possesses 76% of South America´s glaciers. Occasionally, in the Bernardo O´Higgins National Park travelers will find the enormous Balmaceda Glacier and may witness a once-in-a-lifetime experience, where huge ice walls detach and fall dramatically into the water, thus forming a massive splash before their eyes.
Astrotourism: Chile is considered one of the best places to watch stars and constellations in the world, because of the clearness of its skies and unique weather conditions all year long. In the heart of the Atacama Desert, far beyond the city´s pollution and busy environments, travelers will be able to glance upon the stars in any of its 27 touristic observatories. The ALMA observatory is among the most powerful telescopes in the world and both, scientists, and tourists from all over the world may gather to witness magical solar or lunar eclipses.
Explore Vineyards: Chile is known for producing some of the finest wines in the world, which is why there´s been a boom in enoturism. Wine lovers will be able to visit up to 13 different vineyards with some of the most outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay wines in Latin America. Couples may also find this activity as a romantic getaway in which small private groups will be able to taste some of the most exquisite wines in the world. In 2022, travelers will enjoy once more intimate experiences by walking through extensive vineyards, having a friendly barbecue, or why not, attend a wedding.
Strong Covid-19 Protocols to Protect Tourists: The south American country has one of the highest vaccination rates in the world with up to 92% of the Chilean population fully vaccinated. As of January 9th 2022, 45.1 million vaccinations have been given and 16.6 million people are fully vaccinated. Thanks to this successful vaccination campaign, social distancing and mask requirements, most places, like bars, clubs, restaurants, malls, and other social venues have reopened their doors. Indoor social events require vaccination certificates, making tourists feel extra safe. To read more about entry requirements, please visit https://www.chile.travel/en/traveltochileplan/.
Chile is a country rich in diversity and contrast. It possesses a special geography that distinguishes it from other world destinations. One of its most unique features is having territory in three world regions: South America, Oceania, and Antarctica. Its continental length from north to south reaches over 4,300 kilometers in a narrow strip of land between the rugged Andes Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Such a great expanse gives way to an array of privileged landscapes, beginning with the planet’s most arid desert, transitioning through a fertile central valley, down through a land of lakes and volcanoes and ending in the glaciers, fjords, and granite mountains of wild Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego – the farthest reaches of the continent. Reasons to discover Chile include: surprising natural wonders such as the Atacama, the driest desert in the world with more than 200 native flowers; culture and heritage with six UNESCO world heritage sites and firsthand experience with the Mapuche Culture; world-class sports and adventures - ski the Andes, surf in Pichilemu or go scuba diving in Easter Island; flavors and wine from the end of the world; astronomical tourism with the clearest skies in the Southern Hemisphere; vibrant city life in Santiago; health and wellness with 270+ thermal springs, wine therapy and treatments using local products such as olives or avocado; among many others. Visit www.chile.travel for more information.