Chile

Chile: Eco-Tours, Music Festivals, Stargazing And Adventure

Chile

From dancing and the music of some of the world’s best known bands and DJs, to exploring the natural beauty and extreme geography of different regions, Chile is definitely worth a look.

A trip to Chile must include the Atacama Desert, especially since being awarded one of the top ten regions to visit in 2015 as selected by Lonely Planet. Lonely Planet emphasised that ‘Chile has launched the largest astronomical project in existence. With astronomer-led stargazing tours leaving nightly from the village of San Pedro de Atacama, there’s never been a better time to visit’.

Indulge yourself in stargazing through the bright, clear desert skies that can be seen for the most part of the year, unlike anywhere else.

Solo travellers can also enjoy the beauty of Chile with peace of mind, having been chosen by Travel + Leisure magazine as one of the best places to travel solo around the world. Out of 20 countries Chile is in seventh place on the Global Peace Index and the Happy Planet Index.

From 27th January to 5th February, kicking off the musical year is the 47th version of Frutillar Music Weeks in the small town of Frutillar, known as the ‘Jewel of Southern Chile’.  Here, visitors can kick back and relax on a long stretch of beach made entirely of black volcanic sand. The concerts are performed at Teatro del Lago and attract more than 150,000 classical music lovers each year.

From 22nd to 27th February, Viña del Mar International Song Festival, now in its 56th year, will take place at Quinta Vergara Park. The festival has been classified among the ten most outstanding landmarks that makes Chile known worldwide.

On 14th and 15th March, the Lollapalooza festival returns to the grounds of O’Higgins Park in Santiago for the fifth time. The two day extravaganza will be headed by Jack White, the former guitarist of The White Stripes; Kings Of Leon; Robert Plant, the former vocalist of Led Zeppelin; Kasabian, Calvin Harris and Skrillex to name a few.

Bringing forth authentic talent and energy will be artists representing Chile, including Congreso, Jorge González, Fernando Milagros, Astro and Pedropiedra. 70 bands will take their place across six stages to entertain a sea of fans.

Between 5th and 8th October, adventure seekers will be making their way to Puerto Varas as Chile hosts the 2015 Adventure Travel World Summit. Great tourist attractions, natural beauties and an extreme geography are a few of the reasons why Chile was chosen by the Adventure Travel Trade Association as the venue .

If you visit the area you can experience some of the best available tours in Chile that really showcase what the country offers when it comes to adventure travel. Puerto Varas is an ideal place to practice kayaking, fishing, mountain climbing, trekking and skiing and is less than two hours away from Santiago by plane.

Whether you’re visiting the Atacama Desert in the north, Chiloe Island in the south or historical Patagonia, getting around is said to be simple and safe.  The tourist board says you’re likely to find yourself attending a barbecue and integrating with a local family in this friendly country. Well, if you do let us know.

You can get more info about Chile at www.chile.travel.

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