Tourism in Chile has experienced sustained growth over the last decades. Chile received about 2.25 million foreign visitors in 2006 and up to 2.50 million in 2007. The two main gateways for international tourists visiting Chile are the International Airport “Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez” , aka “Aeropuerto Pudahuel” and “Paso Los Libertadores” also called “Cristo Redentor”, which is a mountain pass in the Andes between Argentina and Chile.
Chile boasts a great diversity of natural landscapes, from the Mars-like landscapes of the hyperarid Atacama Desert to the glacier-fed fjords of the Chilean Patagonia, passing by the winelands backdropped by the Andes of the Central Valley and the old-growth forests of the Lakes District. Easter Island and Juan Fernández Archipelago, including Robinson Crusoe Island, are also major attractions.
Many of the most visited attractions in Chile are protected areas. The extensive Chilean protected areas system includes 32 national parks, 48 natural reserves and 15 natural monuments.
After the 8.8 earthquake that struck Chile on February 27, 2010, the tourism industry has been stressing, so the best way to help Chile rebuild is to continue spending your tourism dollars there. Although Santiago has returned to normal, feels like people are hesitant to go to Chile. If you have plans to travel to Chile, or know people who have, please encourage them to still go visit. Chile wants travelers to know that there is no need to stay away, although cities near the epicenter of the quake like Concepcion, Talcahuano and Temuco suffered severe damage, many tourist areas are still intact.
Call your agent today and visit Chile!