Chile Creates Largest Marine Reserve in the Americas
The newly protected waters around the Desventuradas Islands contain many marine species found nowhere else on Earth.
Waking up to the sound of birdsong is a rare pleasure, but in Chile you’ll enjoy the tuneful dawn chorus of innumerable birds. In the forests, on the beaches and hilltops, from the Andean Altiplano right down to Patagonia, you can spot countless species of bird, many unique to Chile.
Chile is the ideal destination for bird-watching enthusiasts. In its 101 protected wilderness areas covering almost 20% of the entire country, you might come into close contact with even the shyest of species. Visit Lake Chungará in the Lauca National Park, where you’ll spot Andean seagulls and avocets, Eurasian coots and giant red-gartered coots, as well as plentiful colonies of flamingos making a bold splash of color on the landscape.
We guarantee you’ll swoon at the cuteness of baby penguins in the Humboldt Penguin National Reserve (you can also see them on Chiloé and in Punta Arenas), and be awestruck by the legendary Andean condor soaring gracefully through the skies over the Torres del Paine National Park, near the San Rafael glacier or in the Alerce Andino National Park.
For an adventurous bird-watching expedition, visit the Omora Ethnobotanical Park on the shores of the Beagle Channel. Its most emblematic inhabitant is the Magellanic woodpecker – listen out for its characteristic (and very loud!) knocking on wood.
Nuestra Señora de Andacollo, the Big Festival One of the most characteristic folkloric expressions of the central-northern area of the country is the festival of the Virgin of Andacollo, one of the oldest and largest religious celebrations in Chile. The so-called Big Party, honoring the Virgin of the Rosario, takes place on December 24th, 25th […]
New Year’s Eve by the Ocean Watching the magnificent New Year’s Eve show by the ocean in the cities of Viña del Mar and Valparaiso is a unique, unforgettable and extremely fun experience. There’s joy in the streets, people from all over the world, dancing and an astonishing fireworks show. From the heart of the […]
Valparaíso Arts Festival For nine days straight, the port’s streets fill with colors and light and public areas around Valparaíso are transformed by the art created by its residents. Chilean and international artists come together at the Valparaíso Arts Festival to produce and display their art. Live music, plays, dance, workshops, discourse, dramatic interventions, discussions, […]