Chile is one of the hottest travel destinations for 2018, offering something for everyone along with magnificent scenery, friendly cities and delicious cuisine. We have chosen 7 of the best and most magical experiences to enjoy when visiting, and suggested 7 of the most luxurious hotels to match; 1. Hiking the W Trek One of the most popular and exciting treks in all of Latin America is the W Trek in Patagonia’s Torres del Paine National Park. This 5-day hike takes adventurous travellers past jagged glaciers, through ancient forests and along the edge of turquoise blue lakes. Between each walk,
A team of researchers in the US says it may have solved the mystery of how the massive and incredibly heavy red scoria hats were placed atop the select Easter Island statues, or moai, that wear them, according to a Pennsylvania State University news release.
The matter has long perplexed many as the headgear measures up to 6.5 feet in diameter and weighs roughly 13 tons.
The statues themselves stand up to 33 feet tall.
“The best explanation for the transport of the…[hats] from the quarry is by rolling the raw material to the location of the moai…Once at the moai, the [hats] were rolled up large ramps to the top of a standing statue using a parbuckling technique,” Carl P. Lipo is quoted as saying in the release.
According to the statement, “Parbuckling is a simple and efficient technique…[where]…the center of a long rope is fixed to the top of a ramp and the two trailing ends are wrapped around the cylinder to be moved.”
Read more from source: The mystery of how hats were put on Easter Island statues may have been solved
“Around the World in Analogue” is your bite-size guide to the most amazing travel destinations across the globe, as documented by the members of the Lomography community. Today, lomographer Kayla Falk takes us on an incredible journey to the art capital of Chile.
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Location: Valparaíso, Chile
“Valparaíso, what an absurdity you are, how crazy: a crazy port. What a head of disheveled hills, that you never finished combing. Never did you have time to dress yourself, and always you were surprised by life.” – Pablo Neruda
The ‘Jewel of the Pacific’, the bustling hillside port of Valparaíso is a museum of world-class street art and has served as home to artists among the famous Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. Valparaíso, Chile is unlike anywhere else in the world. This seaside port city found it way through a turbulent history to become the art capital of Chile today.
Read more from source: Lomography – Around the World in Analogue: Valparaíso, Chile
Space Goth Mermaid is the theme of the day… because I’m in colorful Valparaíso, Chile!
“Valpo” is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and boasts some of the best street art in the world. This hip, rainbow-covered city is only a 1.5 hour drive from Santiago — making it a perfect day trip during my LATAM Airlines adventure in South America..
If you’re an art and culture seeker, you will adore Valparaiso’s vibe. Artists from around the world flock to this Chilean port city, to add their works to this open canvas.
Walking around, you’ll come across wall-sized murals, graffiti, found art, 3D installations… sky’s the limit, when it comes to creativity in Valpo.
Santiago is a popular hub for LATAM’s many domestic and international flights. If you’re in the capital of Chile, I urge you to take a day to explore the nearby Valparaiso. It’s an inspiring place to walk around, find unexpected art (some of it with political themes), and take a million photos.
One of the ideal ways to imbibe interesting culture across the globe is to make a bucketlist of popular UNESCO world heritage sites.
With an ethical traveller’s bent of mind, you can help ensure the preservation of natural, cultural, and intellectual heritage.
Explorations to heritage sites must be informed as the history is intriguing. Guided trails are the best choice in these case and if you could time it around a local fest or unique practice (such as summer or winter solstice), then the fun factor is immense.
SAY HELLO TO MOAI FIGURES ON EASTER ISLAND
Region: Rapa Nui
In the midst of the Pacific Ocean, The Easter Island covers 63 square miles of land, nearly half of which is in Rapa Nui National Park. It is home to approximately 900 Moai statues, often called ‘Easter Island Heads’. The giant, monolithic carvings are scattered around the island, many stand straight against the backdrop of the Pacific Ocean, while others are buried up to their necks in mud.
Read more from source: This summer, head to a UNESCO world heritage site for a dose of culture and history
The human bones lay baking in the sun. It wasn’t the first time Hetereki Huke had stumbled upon an open grave like this one.
For years, the swelling waves had broken open platform after platform containing ancient remains. Inside the tombs were old obsidian spearheads, pieces of cremated bone and, sometimes, parts of the haunting statues that have made this island famous.
But this time was different for Huke. The crumbling site was where generations of his own ancestors had been buried.
“Those bones were related to my family,” said Huke, an architect, recalling that day last year.
Centuries ago, Easter Island’s civilization collapsed, but the statues left behind here are a reminder of how powerful it must have been. And now, many of the remains of that civilization may be erased, the United Nations warns, by the rising sea levels rapidly eroding Easter Island’s coasts.
Many of the moai statues and nearly all of the ahu, the platforms that in many cases also serve as tombs for the dead, ring the island.
Read more from source: Easter Island is eroding
For more than 800 years, a series of mesmerizing statues have towered over Rapa Nui, a remote, 15-mile-wide (24-kilometer-wide) island in the southeast Pacific Ocean. The 40-foot-tall (12-meter-tall) statues, known as the moai, may have survived nearly a millennium, but the effects of climate change now threaten to topple the island’s mysterious ancient history.
The nearly 1,000 moai, erected between the 10th and 16th centuries on Rapa Nui (also named Easter Island by an 18th-century Dutch explorer), are being battered by rising sea levels, high-energy waves and increased erosion, as detailed on March 15, 2018, in The New York Times. Ancient human remains are buried beneath many of the works, which appear as giant faces gazing over land and sea.
“Some of the moai have been knocked over in the past — including by tsunamis — and they have been restored. So not every site is in pristine condition,” says Adam Markham, deputy director of climate and energy at the Union of Concerned Scientists. “The difference now is that the danger is even greater. The rate of change is faster than ever.”
Read more from source: Climate Change Threatens the Moai of Easter Island
Chiloé is an undiscovered enchantment blessed in nature, rural landscapes, delicious seafood and colourful UNESCO churches.
This windswept archipelago is located in the south of Chile and is the largest island in the country.
Arriving from the high urban sophistication that is Santiago, we immediately noticed the distinctive changes in architecture. Colourful houses sit on stilts along the water edges, covered by traditional wood shingles, which is also the theme for many stylish small hotels and restaurants dotted around the island’s capital, Castro.
But perhaps, more striking are the iconic wooden churches, 16 of which are UNESCO world heritage sites found all around the island.
The rich culture, friendly Chilotes (the name given to locals) and peacefully stunning nature, give this isle a truly distinctive identity in South America.
What to do in Chiloé
Castro is the cosy capital of the Chiloé Province. It is home to the UNESCO San Francisco Church located next to the main plaza, just look out for the flamboyant yellow coloured building and you’ll see it.