Abandoned sites all over the world have a unique story to tell.
Houtouwan on Shengshan Island in China, for example, is an abandoned village in which nearly all the former homes and buildings are entirely covered in vegetation.
Bodie, California, is a classic American ghost town that dates back to the gold rush of the 1800s.
From once-thriving hotels that have fallen into a state of decay to defunct hospitals that are said to be haunted, there is always a fascinating story behind anything that’s been abandoned.
There are many ghost towns in the US, for example, that were built during the gold rush of the 19th century and deserted soon after. Throughout Europe, there are forsaken castles and villages that shed light onto what life was like centuries ago.
Over the years, Chile has become a very valuable shooting destination, thanks to its enormous diversity of landscapes. Being a long and narrow country, its 4300km length can boast a great variety of weathers, and such diversity in terrain that the mighty Andes Cordillera descends into the valleys, to finally arrive at the Pacific Ocean.
Desert, mountain trails, forests, modern metropolis, glaciers, rivers and lakes are some of the examples that, in lieu with a safe economic and political infrastructure and growing audiovisual industry, can make Chile a hot destination for your next project.
Below, check out some highlights – with stunning photos to boot – of the locations and places that make Chile stand out as a location powerhouse.
Easter Island, also called Rapa Nui, is a small island located in the southeastern Pacific Ocean and is considered a special territory of Chile. Easter Island is most famous for its large moai statues that were carved by native peoples between 1250 and 1500. The island is also considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site and much of the island’s land belongs to the Rapa Nui National Park.
Easter Island has recently been in the news because many scientists and writers have used it as a metaphor for our planet.
Easter Island’s native population is believed to have overused its natural resources and collapsed. Some scientists and writers claim that global climate change and resource exploitation may lead to the planet collapsing as did the population on Easter Island. These claims, however, are highly disputed.
Out of 70 churches built using this technique, 16 survived the centuries.
Off the coast of Chile, the archipelago of Chiloé rises from the Pacific—a region distinguished for its rolling countryside, large wool-producing community, and the birthplace of the country’s salmon industry.
The arrival of the missionary Jesuits in the 17th century brought a distinct architectural style of churches. Combining building techniques from Spain with Chiloé’s ancestral carpenters’ wooden boat construction, they fashioned nailless churches.
In place of iron nails, reinforced wooden joints hold the buildings in place, mimicking the techniques used for the construction of ships. Unlike classical Spanish colonial buildings that used Baroque and Renaissance architecture and imported materials from Spain, the churches are made from locally sourced Larch and Cypress wood from the islands. This all-wood technique is believed to have provided insulation from the southern Chilean chill.
Valparaíso is a vibrant port city with a rich history and interesting areas to explore.
The city is a kaleidoscope of color; brightly painted houses clinging to the hillsides like the sides of a trowel with the city’s busy port at its tip. Valparaíso is Chile’s second largest metropolitan area after Santiago and one of the South Pacific’s most important seaports.
Upscape tour guide Manuel Garcia wants me to have this view before we start to explore neighborhoods and the historic quarter designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003. As I take in the breathtaking view, Manuel explains that during the second half of the 19th century, the city served as a major stopover for ships traveling between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans by crossing the Straits of Magellan.