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VALDIVIA

141A beautiful town sitting on the banks of River Calle-Calle, Valdivia was founded in 1552 and now has a population of over 120,000. The overwhelming beauty of the river makes sightseeing of the islands, the ancient forts and surroundings an experience few can resist.

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VINA DEL MAR

142Vina del Mar, or just Vina is Chile’s Riviera, with casinos, restaurants, night clubs, discos, swimming beach and other resort facilities. Only 75 miles by car, it is Santiago's playground and can be very crowded in summertime.

 

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SANTIAGO

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Santiago is an architectural collage of old Spanish colonial charm, European elegance, and North American suburbia. Founded in 1541, it is nowadays one of the most modern cities in the continent, serving as the gateway to the Central Valley and connecting point for trips around the country

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PUNTA ARENAS

133Punta Arenas, on the western shore of the Straits of Magellan is the world's southernmost city. Just across Tierra del Fuego, this is a busy city and the kick off point for boat tours of the straits and a lot of great scenery. It can get cold here in the winter, for it's very close to Antarctica.

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PUTRE

134Putre is an ancient Altiplano village of wood etched portals dating back to the 17th century, near the border with Peru, approximately 90 miles from Arica, that offers a real Altiplano experience. From Putre it is easy to visit the natural wonders of the Surire Salt Flat and the Chungara Lake.

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SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA

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San Pedro de Atacama, an hour from the Calama Airport, is an oasis located at an altitude of 8,000 feet in the heart of the Atacama Desert. Once the center of the Atacamanian civilization, the village today resembles a cross between a mining and a frontier town with its narrow streets, adobe houses and eerie atmosphere

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TEMUCO

139Temuco is former capital for the Mapuches Indians, who were never actually beaten by the settlers. They ruled most of the south of Chile and spent their time smoking, drinking, and playing… hockey. There is also a large indoor flea and nearby, and Llaima Volcano for snow skiing.

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SANTA CRUZ

38Santa Cruz is undeniably the hub of what is quickly becoming the Napa or Sonoma Valley of Chile, with a well-designed Wine Route, high-end wineries, and a new four-star hotel.

 

 

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TORRES DEL PAINE

140A national park in the far south of Chile, Torres del Paine is where you will find some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in the world. Most noted are the group of mountains known as the Cuernos (Horns) whose dramatic rise into the clear southern skies is truly breathtaking.

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PUERTO FRIAS

129In the Lake District, Peulla is the eastern port of Lake Todos Los Santos. The emerald green waters that surround it are almost as exciting as the launch rides across it.

 

 

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PUERTO MONTT

130Puerto Montt, located at the end of continental Chile is the gateway to Puerto Varas and the scenic lakes of the south, it is also a busy port and center for the agriculture and timber trades. Great area to go fly fishing and a great place for those who love the outdoors.

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PUERTO NATALES

131The biggest point from the view of the tourist is that it is the entrance to the Torres del Paine, magnificent and complex granite peaks in a microclimate that attract tourists from around the world. Located in the far south, you can toast with a scotch on the rocks, with ice over 20,000 years old.

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EASTER ISLAND

120Also called Rapa Nui, Easter Island, is 14 miles long by 7 miles wide and 2,332 miles off the coast. Known for its Moais (stone statues), it is a must for people into ancient mysteries. Some Moais weigh up to 50 tons and are over 25 feet high. Also ancient shrines, some 240 in all, dot the island.

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FRUTILLAR

121World renowned for its musical weeks (Semanas Musicales) held every year in February, Fruitillar is also a summer resort. A center of German immigration founded in 1856 it boasts of the having the most southern living palm tree in the world. Worth seeing are the Settler's Museum and the German Cemetery.

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IQUIQUE

122Former nitrates mining center, Iquique still keeps the nostalgic mood of that times in many of the old buildings that have been preserved. It was also the site of one of the largest naval battles in history. It features a duty free shopping area and beautiful white sand beaches for total relaxation.

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LA SERENA

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La Serena is Chile’s third oldest city after Valparaiso and Santiago. Built in Spanish colonial and neo-classical styles, it is a beautiful city of long beaches, manicured gardens, broad avenues and remarkable museums. Nearby Elqui Valley is a bucolic setting of quaint villages, vineyards, orchards, and papaya and cherimoya plantations tucked between the Andean mountains.

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OSORNO

124The symmetrical, glacier-clad Osorno volcano forms a renowned landmark that towers over Todos los Santos and Llanquihué lakes. Osorno was constructed over a roughly 250,000-year-old eroded stratovolcano, La Picada, that has a mostly buried 6-km-wide caldera.

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PUCON

128In the Lake District, Pucon is set in the southeast shore of Lake Villarrica. Villarrica Volcano provides not only a dramatic backdrop behind the town but also slopes for skiing in the winter. Fishing here in the summer is superb and there is gambling for the more adventurous.

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