Mar Del Plata, the iconic beach-cum-resort city, is located on the Atlantic Coast of Argentina. Mar Del Plata happens to be one of the most happening places with amazing sea food restaurants, beautiful beaches and cultural centres. To help you plan ahead, here’s a list of the top places to visit at Mar Del Plata that you should not miss out on :
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Buenos Aires is the capital city of Argentina. It is the most populous city of the country and is widely known for its diverse architecture, ranging from modern skycrapers to monuments which are known for their rich history. Along with vibrant city life. While there are a lot of places that deserve a visit, here are the top places to visit in Buenos Aires that you must not miss out on while you are here :
Situated at the center of Chile’s Lake District is the town of Pucon, which has a fascinating alpine feel. The place for tourists looking for adventure sports like skiing and snowboarding, hiking through national parks, white-water rafting, kayaking and many more outdoor. Take a look at the top places to visit during your visit.
The unavoidable volcano posing in the backdrop of this calm and quiet town, topped with snow during the winters. Agencies offer tourists a trekking route to go up to the top of the volcano, usually taking around four to five hours. It’s wise to pay a deposit rather than the full payment, in case you can’t complete the trek due to unsuitable weather conditions.
The world famous white waters of Pucon producing gigantic waves and fun for beginners to experts in rafting. The upper grades (III and IV waters) are accessible in the higher part of the River. Families and children can go to the lower parts, where there are more calm rapids.
These geothermal baths are run by natural hot springs. The heat is generated by the volcanic and geothermal activity in the area. There are many other hot springs in Chile, but the peace and romance this place has to offer makes it the best!
Centro Ecuestre San Pedro
Cabalgatas (horse rides) can be found at Centro Ecuestre San Pedro or Rancho de Caballo, or simply ask your hotel for assistance. Rancho offers a six days of riding and for those that enjoy being surrounded by nature, this is the perfect getaway. San Pedro, by contrast, offer dressage and show jumping classes as well as hacks.
It is a tiny cool health food cafe and yoga studio. They offer delicious vegan waffles and cakes, which are perfectly paired by a strong cup of coffee or a nutrient-rich smoothie. Once you’ve filled up on their goodies, why not treat yourself to a relaxing yoga session?
The beaches are surprisingly black due to volcanic activities, so don’t think of going bare footed or the sun might scorch your feet! The summer months are from December until March, during which time Pucon is a magnet for families and students.
Pucon is located on this lake. You can enjoy water sports taking out a pedalo or kayak. Lago Caburgua is a little outside Pucon, but it also offers the fun of the sport or just a great spot for relaxation.
There are plenty of national parks and forests which provides opportunity for great hikes. On the way to the Huerquehue National Park stop by the amazing azure pools and waterfalls at Ojos del Caburgua. You can also explore the Villarrica National Reserve or rest by the waterfalls of Santuario el Cani.
If you are up for something more thrilling like sky diving or canyoning visit this place. You will be going down an amazing waterfall and once you reach the canyon, you can enjoy the natural slides and jumps, as well as doing some zip-lining. Politur offers some amazing excursions. Fishing enthusiasts can have a crack at their luck in this area as well.
The independent artists crowds the markets where you can find several handicrafts materials, trinkets and specimens of contemporary art forms. Whether you opt for some handmade silver jewellery laden with lapis lazuli, or you want a comical Indio Pícaro, it’s all here!
To sum up the city has to offer many more attractive spots. Just don’t miss these to understand the true beauty of the land.
Visiting Castro is like entering a magical realm. The natives have a unique folklore and culinary traditions, while the city itself is a land of myths and legends. Explore and discover wooden churches built by Jesuit missionaries, spot blue whales and penguins, and get to trek through stunning national parks. Here’s everything you need to know.
Castro hosts a set of unique colourful houses on stilts that are called palafitos. Primarily built for trade during the logging boom in the late 19th century and they have been quite the attraction for tourists.
The wooden churches of Castro are impressive due to both the Chilota architecture and the different colour schemes. The vibrant colours provide a reference for fishermen at sea. On Castro, 16 of these wonderful churches have been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.
The traditional dish of Castro, curanto, has become widely popular all over the south of Chile and Argentina. Francis Mallman the famous chef has revealed the recipe. Seafood, meat and potatoes are placed on hot coals in the heart of the earth, and then covered with large leaves and left to steam. Don’t want to take up the task? Just visit the city and enjoy the delicious service.
La minga de tiradura de casas is a conventional tradition dating back centuries. The idea being that when a family requests help, they promise something in return – so when someone needs to move their palafito, they need the help of their neighbours! Take part in this wonderful collaboration and become more connected to the land.
Monumento Natural Islotes de Puñihuil
Near Ancud this three-island site that is in a continuous effort to protect the penguins here from extinction. It’s the only spot in the world where you can see both Magallanes and Humboldt penguins in the same place.
Gift shop and craft market
Dalcahue, Achao, Ancud and Castro all have a wide range of artisan crafts that make great presents for your people back at home. You’ll find hand-woven clothes and apparels made for alpaca wool, yerba mate, ponchos, handmade jewellery and much more.
Castro is famous for its wide range of potatoes. Even Darwin noted the array of tatties back in 1834. Evidently the most widely cultivated varieties worldwide in fact roots back to Castro and has been cultivated by the locals since before the Spanish conquest.
Chiloé National Park
Edging the Pacific coast, this 430 square kilometres (166 square miles) national park is an evergreen forest is the home to a wide variety of Chilote wildlife. With 110 different types of bird, foxes and the world’s smallest deer, the pudú. Loose yourself in the nature and trek around this wonderfully green park.
The best way to get around the many islands is by taking a seat in the kayak. Experience it at your own pace and enjoy the views of the archipelago from the water. The golden hour will be sure to offer some interesting photography shots.
Museo de Arte Moderno Chiloé
Located In the Municipal Park of Castro, the Modern Art Museum remains in the frontier of modern artistic interpretation. The main aim of the museum authority is to spread art in all its possible styles, regardless of any religious or ideological criteria, in a worthy and independent scenario.
The dynamic city of Santiago de Chile has to offer a lot of indulgences to its visitors. Eventful market places to historical museums, it is the perfect place to rediscover yourself. If you are fortunate enough to visit this marvelous land then you should not miss these 10 things in Chile’s capital.
Plaza de Armas
The epicenter of the history of Santiago, Plaza de Armas square is really important to understand the prevalent Chilean culture. Sheathed with palm trees, the square encompasses several significant buildings, such as the beautiful Metropolitan Cathedral, the Central Post Office and the Royal Court Palace. Within the square, natives accumulate to recline and painters sell their art. The area hosts several monuments as well, one of which is dedicated to Pedro de Valdivia, the founder of the city and conqueror of Chile. To get a taste of Santiago, the Plaza de Armas is a good place to start.
Cerro San Cristóbal
Cerro San Cristobal (San Cristobal Hill) sits in the middle of the city. The official name of this place is Parque Metroplitano. You can trek (about 50 minutes up) or rent a bike to the high summit (300 meter). Converesly you can take the railways stopping at several locations of the hill. Amidst all of these activities and attractions, you can visit the National Zoo, a Japanese-style garden and two outdoor swimming pools open during the summer. Finally, at the summit there is quite a remarkable white 22 meter statue of the Virgin Mary looking out onto a spectacular panoramic view of the city; this view is a must see in Santiago.
Santiago hosts a number of street markets (ferias), amongst which the most notable ones are Los Domínicos and Santa Lucía arts and handicrafts markets. You will find relics and souvenirs at the best price in the city, such as the famous alpaca wool ponchos. Despite of being tourist centric at the present time, you can still smell the authenticity in the air, so visiting them is an excellent way to discover Chilean folklore culture. Another notable market is the Mercado Central. Located in the city center, it is considered a historical landmark and was ranked the fifth best market in the world by the National Geographic. The products to try here are the shellfish, the pisco sour, both of which are national favorites.
Museo de la Memoria y de los Derechos Humanos
The Museo de la Memoria (The Museum of Memory and Human Rights) is one of the more recent inclusions to Santiago’s stock of museums. Inaugurated in 2010 to proclaim the 200 years of Chile’s independence. It immortalizes the victims of human rights violations during the 17 year dictatorship commencing in 1973. Entry to the museum is free and it offers much information about Pinochet and his government, which is enlightening and also powerful and emotional. However, if you are not comfortable with reading a lot of Spanish, then it is advisable to pay a minor fee for an English audio guide to ensure you get the full experience.
La Chascona House
It was the home to Chile’s Nobel Prize winning poet, Pablo Neruda. The unconventional architecture and vivid colors reflects Neruda’s individual style, making it very intriguing for all of those who are interested in learning about the great artist’s life as well as the history of the house. La Chascona garden, which hangs over the streets of the Bellavista, is a particularly popular for its bohemian atmosphere and fashionable restaurants.
Museo de Arte Precolombino (Museum of Pre-Columbian Art)
This museum showcases a wonderful collection of Pre-Columbian art. Pottery, sculptures, monuments and other artifacts, each of which reminds us of a world which has now almost completely disappeared, but not at all forgotten. The museum of course represents all the people and cultures from the northern most points to the southern regions of Chile. Hence, a truly incredible museum, well worth the ticket price, which contributes to the museum’s maintenance. However, if you’d rather not pay, it is free every Sunday.
La Moneda (Presidential Palace)
La Moneda stands proud in Santiago’s center with its white walls and European-style architecture. You can see the guard change-over, an exhibition of military regulation, at 10am on alternate days. La Moneda has a history ought to be known. 1973 saw the bombing of the palace and the suicide of the country’s Marxist leader, Salvador Allende. Visiting is free, but you run the risk of it being closed for government events. Taking a tour is informative and expensive requiring pre-booking. But worth the effort for those particularly interested in the country’s political history.
It is Santiago’s most beautiful park. Unimaginable scenic beauty, with green stretches along the Mapocho River. It is generally a calm and quiet space, situated in the historical downtown of the capital. Break free from the impelling loud city. Particularly visit the Monument to Writers of Independence, the German Fountain and the National Museum of Fine Arts.
Museo de la Bellas Artes
Located in the Parque Forestal is the most important art gallery in the country, the Museum of Fine Arts, also referred to as the Museum of Contemporary Art. Here you can view an extended collection of Chilean art as well as a broader collection of South American pieces, covering the 19th century to present day. It is the oldest gallery in the continent. It has an impressive façade considering it was established in 1880. Entry was made free in March 2015, opening its gates to allow everyone to enjoy its sample of Chilean culture.
Teatro Municipal de Santiago
The Municipal Theater is another splendid attraction, opened in 1857. As the first center in the country for the performing arts, it has withheld its eminence. Rightly egarded as a highly important institution in Chile for the development of the performing arts within the country. The magnificent architecture and riveting environment particularly extends the whole experience of seeing a performance in the theater. It will surely be an unforgettable evening.
Make sure you visit each and everyone of these beautiful places . Indulge into the full experience of Santiago de Chile.