Fans of adventure tourism who have not done so yet should definitely visit this amazing country – Chile, which has been recognized as the best adventure tourism destination in the world for the third consecutive year, according to Lonely Planet.
This accolade was bestowed at the World Travel Awards, which serves to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry, as per its website, and which were held recently in Lisbon, Portugal. In short, it is equivalent to the Oscars in the travel world. This ultimate recognition for Chile does not really come as a surprise since it is blessed with diverse and varied landscapes covering the entire country from top to bottom. Each destination offers unique opportunities for exploration and outdoor enjoyment.
Chile is one of South America's most stable and prosperous nations. Its unusual, ribbon-like shape has given it a hugely varied climate. This ranges from the world's driest desert – the Atacama – in the north, through a Mediterranean climate in the center, to a snow-prone Alpine climate in the south, with glaciers, fjords, and lakes.
The desert offers a real challenge for those who want to bike across it and its gigantic salt lakes. The country is also home to more than 2,000 glaciers and most of them are unexplored. Close to Santiago, the country’s capital, it’s possible to visit some of them through walks between four and five hours. For those adrenaline junkies who enjoy paragliding, the city of Iquique is the city as it is conveniently located between the Atacama Desert and the Pacific Ocean.
International trekkers fly in from all over the world for this spectacular hike in Chilean Patagonia – the W Circuit of Torres del Paine National Park, which typically takes four to five days to complete. It is an easier feat than the full trail, but still demands long days of fairly strenuous hiking. Views of the “torres,” the unique granite mountain peaks in the park, are part of what makes this such an attractive destination. Torres del Paine National Park attracts around 150,000 visitors each year.
During the winter, the snow that falls in the central zone of the Andes Mountains paves the way for skiing, snowboarding, tubing and walking with snowshoes. When it comes to white water rafting, the central and southern rivers of Chile offer an experience full of adrenaline and adventure, thanks to their dramatic descents, powerful flows and abrupt estuaries that break out into the Pacific Ocean.
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