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Top tourist attractions in Chile

Here is a list of top tourist attractions in Chile. Only the topmost tourist destinations are presented here. To see other destinations, please check the images from Chile section.

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Torres del Paine National Park

Protected Site

Torres del Paine National Park is a national park encompassing mountains, glaciers, lakes, and rivers in southern Chilean Patagonia. The Cordillera del Paine is the centerpiece of the park. It lies in a transition area between the Magellanic subpolar forests and the Patagonian Steppes. The park is located 112 km north of Puerto Natales and 312 km north of Punta Arenas. The park borders Bernardo O'Higgins National Park to the west and the Los Glaciares National Park to the north in Argentine territory. Torres del Paine National Park is part of the Sistema Nacional de Áreas Silvestres Protegidas del Estado de Chile. In 2006, it measured approximately 242,242 hectares. It is one of the largest and most visited parks in Chile. The park averages around 150,000 visitors a year, of which 60% are foreign tourists, who come from all over the world. The park is one of the 11 protected areas of the Magallanes Region and Chilean Antarctica. Together, the protected forested areas comprise about 51% of the land of the region.

Chiloé Island

Island

Chiloé Island, also known as Greater Island of Chiloé, is the largest island of the Chiloé Archipelago off the coast of Chile, in the Pacific Ocean. The island is located in southern Chile, in the Los Lagos Region.

La Moneda Palace

Neoclassical Structure

Palacio de La Moneda, or simply La Moneda, is the seat of the President of the Republic of Chile. It also houses the offices of three cabinet ministers: Interior, General Secretariat of the Presidency and General Secretariat of the Government. It occupies an entire block in downtown Santiago, in the area known as Civic District between Moneda, Morandé, Alameda del Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins and Teatinos street.

Costanera Center

Building complex

Costanera Center is an ongoing development and construction of four skyscrapers being built in Santiago, Chile by Cencosud. The tallest of the four buildings Gran Torre Santiago, designed by architect César Pelli, will be 300 metres tall, making it the tallest building in South America when completed and second tallest in the Southern Hemisphere. This is only behind Australia's Q1 on the Gold Coast at 322 m tall. Two other buildings will be 170 m high and a fourth one will be smaller. Construction was put on hold in January 2009 as a consequence of the late 2000s recession, as the developers were concerned that they would not be able to find tenants if completed by the originally proposed date. After the recession was reaching its end, Cencosud announced the construction would resume on December 16, 2009. The building restarted the construction process by the end of 2010. On February 1, 2012 the main building of the complex reached the 300 meters tall, when a vine was placed at the peak of the structure, becoming the tallest building in South and Latin America.

Lauca National Park

Protected Site

Lauca National Park is located in Chile's far north, in the Andean range. It encompasses an area of 1,379 km² of altiplano and mountains, the latter consisting mainly of enormous volcanoes. Las Vicuñas National Reserve is its neighbour to the south. Both protected areas, along with Salar de Surire Natural Monument, form Lauca Biosphere Reserve. The park borders Sajama National Park in Bolivia.

Fantasilandia

Amusement Park

Fantasilandia is a Chilean amusement park. The park opened in 1978 and is located in a corner of the O'Higgins Park in Santiago, Chile. On January 28, 1978 the park opened for first time with only 8 attractions, including the "Galaxy" coaster, "Mansion Siniestra", "Ford T" and "Century 2000", among others. Over the years the park has replaced many of its classic rides with modern rides like "Top Spin", "Xtreme Fall", and "Boomerang". In late 2007 Fantasilandia opened a new ride to replace the old ride "Splash". Called "Tsunami" it was built in Chile under licence of Intamin A.G of Switzerland. With this milestone the park celebrated its 30 year anniversary. The ride "Villa Magica" also opened in the Kids Zone, located next to "Cine Magic 3D" and fast food locations. In 2008 Fantasilandia opened the second Vekoma SLC in Southamerica. It is called "Raptor" and cost around US$10,000,000. In 2009 three new rides opened in the Kids Zone area. These were "Rockin' Tug", "Toing & Boing" and "Buggy Jump", all of them made in Italy by Zamperla. In late 2010 the Wave Swinger made by Zierer was opened and is called "Volare" A German built Condor ride was introduced in late 2011. It is called Ikarus.

Huáscar

Ship

Huáscar is a 19th-century small armoured turret ship of a type similar to a monitor. She was built in Britain for Peru and played a significant role in the battle of Pacocha and the War of the Pacific against Chile before being captured and commissioned with the Chilean Navy. Today she is one of the few surviving ships of her type. The ship has been restored and is currently commissioned as a memorial ship. She is named after the 16th century Inca emperor, Huáscar.

Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works

World Heritage Site

Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works are two former saltpeter refineries located in northern Chile. They were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005.

Conguillío National Park

National park

Conguillío National Park is located in the Andes, in the provinces of Cautín and Malleco, in the Araucanía Region of Chile also known as Region IX. Its name derives from the Mapuche word for "water with Araucaria seeds". Among the attractions in the park are the Llaima volcano, Sierra Nevada and wild landscapes characterized by islands of vegetation completely surrounded by vast areas of lava flows. Extensive forests, formed mainly by Araucarias and Nothofagus species, and small lakes increase the scenic beauty of the park. It is also known as Los Paraguas, due to the shape of the Monkey Puzzle trees. The park was used as filming location for Walking with Dinosaurs, a television series produced by the BBC.

San Cristóbal Hill

Tourist attraction

Cerro San Cristóbal is a hill in central-northern Santiago, Chile. It rises 880 m AMSL and about 300 m above the rest of Santiago; the peak is the second highest point in the city, after Cerro Renca. Cerro San Cristóbal was named by the Spanish- Chilean San Cristóbal family, although its original name is Tupahue. The San Cristóbal family held a quarry on the hills south side, close to the Mapocho river. That is why it is called San Cristóbal even if it has a statue of Virgin Mary on the top. The limestone from the quarry was used in the building of the first contentions of the Mapocho river and also in its bridges.

Atacama Giant

Tourist attraction

The Atacama Giant is a large anthropomorphic geoglyph in the Atacama Desert, Chile. Located at "Cerro Unitas", this is the largest prehistoric anthropomorphic figure in the world with a height of 119 metres and represents a deity for the local inhabitants from AD 1000 to 1400. The figure was an early astronomical calendar for knowing where the moon would set; by knowing this the day, crop cycle, and season could be determined. The points on the top and side of the head would say what season it would be depending on their alignment with the moon, which was very important in determining when the rainy season would come in the barren Atacama.

Alberto de Agostini National Park

Protected Site

Alberto de Agostini National Park is a park located in the Chilean part of Tierra del Fuego. It covers 14,600 km² and includes the Cordillera Darwin mountain range. The park is named after Alberto Maria De Agostini, who was an Italian missionary and explorer. Several tidewater glaciers and steep fjords form part of this park. The park also comprises the islands Gordon, Cook, Londonderry and part of the Hoste Island.

Parque Forestal

Tourist attraction

Parque Forestal is an urban park in the city of Santiago, Chile. The park was created on reclaimed land from the Mapocho River and is located in the historical downtown of Santiago, west of Plaza Baquedano and east of Estación Mapocho. It is bordered on the north by Santa María Avenue, on the south by Merced Street and Ismael Valdés Vergara Street. At its eastern end, the park becomes Balmaceda Park, forming an almost unbroken stretch of greenery along the Mapocho River. The park contains the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, which is housed in the same building as the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo. Palacio Bruna is opposite the park on Merced Street. Distinctive features of the park are its three lines of platanus orientalis trees.

Pumalín Park

Tourist attraction

Pumalín Park is a 3,250 km² private nature reserve in the Palena Province of Chile, created by the United States environmental foundation The Conservation Land Trust, which is endowed and led by the American business magnate Douglas Tompkins. Designated a Nature Sanctuary in 2005, Pumalín is Chile's largest private nature reserve and is operated as a public-access park, with an extensive infrastructure of trails, campgrounds, and visitor centers.The park consists of two areas, and there seems to be some interest of the park owners to purchase the intermediate 340km² of the San Ignacio del Huinay Foundation as well. Opposed to this acquisition are mainly the about 30 inhabitants of the hamlet Huinay, located at the coast of the aimed area. The northern portion of the park borders Hornopirén National Park.

Volcán Isluga National Park

Protected Site

Volcán Isluga National Park is located in the Andes, in the Tarapacá Region of Chile, near Colchane and south of Lauca Biosphere Reserve. It covers 1,747 square kilometers, with elevations ranging between 2,100 and 5,550 meters. It is named after Volcán Isluga, which at 5,550 m, is the tallest mountain in this park.

Laguna del Laja National Park

Protected Site

Laguna del Laja National Park is a national park of Chile located in the Andes, between 37°22’ and 37°28’ south latitude and 71°16’ and 71°26’ west longitude.

R. P. Gustavo Le Paige Archaeological Museum

Archaeological Museum

R. P. Gustavo Le Paige Archaeological Museum is a museum located in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. It houses a collection of about 380,000 pre-Columbian artifacts from the Atacameño culture. The museum is named after Jesuit missionary Father Gustavo Le Paige, who was its founder. This museum belongs to the Catholic University of the North.

Clock Tower

Tourist attraction

The 'Clock Tower' of Iquique is a structure located in Plaza Arturo Prat in that city, in Chile. It was built in 1878-being Iquique territory Peru - and his watch was imported from England. According to Patrick Advis, Clock Tower next to the buildings surrounding the square Prat Municipal Theater of Iquique, the building of the Humane Society of Tarapacá Employees, the Spanish Casino and Club Croatian-is one of the most representative urban expressions saltpeter period. It was declared National Historic Landmark on July 13, 1987.