People who want an adventure full of surprises often head to South America. Chile is a country rich in culture and natural wonders, and the traveler who decides to visit will not be disappointed–especially if they seek out these unusual attractions certain to take your breath away.
Though not exactly a local secret, the human figures of Easter Island are a part of Chile’s heritage. These sculptures have been made known by films and books, but many people do not realize that these wonderful works are on an island that belongs to Chile. Easter Island is a territory a little south of the mainland and can be reached in a boat. If you’re in Chile, why not take the time to visit the proud Moai?
Marble Caves of Chile Chico
The wondrous caves of Chile Chico are found in a lake called La General Carrera, which sits on the border between Chile and Argentina. Visitors will stand in awe and wonder how nature carved those caves to sit on the water; it almost looks as if the phenomenon were balanced in a spectacular ballet.
The caves were formed over 6,000 years as waves rushed up against the calcium carbonite of the rock. We think that the results speak for themselves.
The Villarica Volcano
One of the most active volcanoes in the world can be found near the Chilean town of Pucon. The mountain was named “House of the Pillan” by locals, because these locals believed Pillan to be a god who was very powerful and sometimes caused destruction.
The caves surrounding the volcano are popular for people who want to hike someplace exotic, or simply want the adrenaline rush. The volcano is usually covered in snow and its eruptions are rarely disastrous; usually it will release streams of smoke. If you don’t want to climb it, the mountain’s sheer beauty is enough to satisfy the photographer.
Hand of the Desert
In the middle of the desert, south-east of the city Antofagasta, can be found a sculpture of a hand reaching up as if to catch the rain. Created by Chilean sculptor Mario Irarrázabal, it will make you stop and ponder the things that you are reaching for.
An allegory for life, this hand in the desert is such a paradox that it seems to come from a divine source. We all think of the desert as a place devoid of people. This is why the statue is so breathtaking to us.
Pablo Neruda’s Houses
For literature lovers, the famous poet has three houses in Chile that are open to visitors. If you don’t know where to begin, start with La Chascona in Santiago. The word ‘chascona’ means tangled-haired woman; he named the house after his wife, Matilde.
After you see La Chascona, go to Neruda’s home in Isla Negra. It’s a seaside residence, which is a perfect way to find inspiration. This is the home where Neruda wrote many of his most famous poems. Even if you aren’t a poet, you might find yourself inspired to create art of your own.
Sewell Ghost Town
If you’re looking for something more mysterious, consider visiting the Sewell Ghost Town in Sewell, Chile. The town is built over the world’s largest copper mine. Houses were built to accommodate the miners and their families as they moved to this spot in the Andes to seek work.
It’s not surprising that a place so isolated should have a few tragedies. In 1944 an avalanche came charging down on the town, killing over a hundred people. One year later, a fire in the copper mine caused the deaths of over three hundred miners trapped underground.
In 1977, the National Copper Cooperation of Chile began moving the families out of the Sewell houses, destroying much of the town after this was done. Thankfully, there are still some houses for the curious mountain climber to see if they want to walk through the Andes.
Every country has its hidden wonders. It would take a tourist months to visit all of the important places that make Chile unique as a destination. Do your own research and find spots that would interest you. There’s something for everyone in this remarkable country!