Places of Interest
Top 4 Architectural Sights
- Fuente de Neptuno, Santiago de Chile
- Palacio Baburizza, Valparaíso
- Ahu Tongariki, Easter Island
- UNESCO World Heritage Site Iglesias de Chiloé, Chiloé Archipelago
La Fuente de Neptuno is a grand fountain located on Cerro Lucía Hill in Santiago de Chile dedicated to the Neptune, the Roman god of the seas. El Palacio Baburizza in Valparaíso once operated as a mansion, but has since been renovated and is now owned by the Municipal Museum of the Fine Arts. Ahu Tongariki is the largest stone platform on Easter Island. It contains fifteen maoi, the famous ancient monolithic human figures of the Rapa Nui people. UNESCO World Heritage Site Iglesias de Chiloé on Chile's Isla Grande de Chiloé are sixteen eighteenth and nineteenth century churches with unique architectural features. Composed of Chilean timber, these churches illustrate the combination of European colonialism and mestizo cultural heritage.
Top 4 Natural Sights
- Torres del Paine
- Los Flamencos National Reserve
- Volcán Villarrica
- Radal Siete Tazas National Park
Torres del Paine National Park is a national park in southern Patagonia boasting breathtaking mountains, lakes, glaciers, and rivers. Los Flamencos National Reserve in the Atacama Desert consists over seven separate areas covering a total of 180,000 acres. Here visitors can find snow-capped mountains, sand dunes, salt lakes, and the flamingo species that give the reserve its name. Volcán Villarrica in Cordillera de Los Andes is one of Chile's most active volcanoes along the Mocha-Villarrica Fault Zone. Radal Siete Tazas National Park is located in Región del Maule and home to the stunning Las Siete Tazas waterfalls.
Top Film Locations
"The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)", a critically renowned biopic of Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara's 1952 South American motorcycle excursion was partially shot in Valparaíso, Santiago de Chile, Calama, and el región de Antofagasta. The 2008 James Bond film "Quantum of Solace" was shot in several locations in Chile's Atacama Desert such as the Paranal Observatory. "Knock Knock (2015)", a psychological thriller starring Keanu Reeves was shot in Santiago de Chile as many of its locales resembled Southern California. "Rapa-Nui", the 1994 film depicting the Rapa Nui tribal legends and the collapse of the native civilization of Isla de Pascua, was filmed on the island.