Cosmopolitan cities, deserts, ski resorts and World Heritage sites are all to be found in this land of stunning beauty and cultural quirks.
I’ve been warned to take care in Santiago. There are muggings, locals say. But from where I sit by the window of my restaurant in inner-city Lastarria, no one sashaying by looks shifty. I want their swagger, their dress flair, to parade before shop windows adoring my reflection. After dessert, I shift to the roof-top bar of my hotel, The Singular Santiago, where the city’s bold and beautiful drink under a rising gibbous moon that accentuates their cheekbones and the white tips of the Andes behind them.
Once dismissed as a city of industry, the Santiago of 2017 is an entirely different beast – “surprising, cosmopolitan, energetic, sophisticated and worldly”, as Lonely Planet puts it.
World heritage sites are in danger of vanishing due to climate change.
Climate change is becoming one of the most significant risks for World Heritage Sites, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in its report entitled “World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate”.
The study examines 31 World Heritage Sites from 29 countries which are vulnerable to phenomena such as rising temperatures, melting glaciers, rising sea levels, extreme weather events, or droughts.
The famous Easter Island’s moais, the canals of Venice, or the monumental Stonehenge complex are some of the World Heritage Sites that could be lost in the coming years if there are no “urgent and clear” actions to prevent it.
The “city of canals” has been threatened by rising sea levels for decades.
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.