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Hotel La Montaña Mágica in Hulio, Chile

As you can see, this is nothing less than a hotel that is build like a volcano-waterfall starting from the top and representing life. It is really creatively designed and breathtaking when you are standing in front of it. It is a lodge built with quality material by craftsmen of surrounding communities and Puerto Fuy Neltume, small wood-based mountain villages. La Montana Magica is located in the middle of a 120,000 hectares native forest (a UNESCO biosphere reserve). The water in these places has great purity, and from the idea, of showing the energy and life of this element, was born the project of a mountain, from which comes the life and contains the magic of the forest, finding in each of its details, the beings and elements that are unique and irreplaceable, what came to life the native forests.
The greatest luxuries, however, come from the remote natural reserve surrounding the lodge, where you can find virgin beaches, explore rivers and lagoons and discover all types of birds and fauna. As for activities, the reserve offers skiing and snowboarding in the winter, there’s a Hot Spring Lake in the middle of Lake Pirehueico which is linked by bridges and filled with thermal water, a trip to the Huilo Huilo waterfalls, and hike along the Deer Trail where you’ll find a deer farm and a boar farm. Additional activities include horseback riding, canopy tours (including the longest zip line in South America), sailing and kayaking, fly fishing, mountain biking and more.
Lodge service provides you with: - Playrooms for children - Mini golf - Reading room - Restaurant - Bar - Laundry - Sauna - Tubs in ancient trunks with naturally heated water.
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Easter Island

Easter Island, also known as “Rapa Nui” and “Isla de Pascua” is one of the most isolated islands on Earth. It is over 2,000 miles from the nearest population center. A triangle of volcanic rock in the South Pacific - it is best known for the giant stone monoliths, known as Moai, that dot the coastline. Early settlers called the island “Te Pito O Te Henua” (Navel of The World). Officially a territory of Chile, it lies far off in the Pacific Ocean, roughly halfway to Tahiti. Known as one of the world’s sacred sites, it is most famous for its enigmatic giant stone busts, built centuries ago, which reflect the history of the dramatic rise and fall of the most isolated Polynesian culture. It is a World Heritage Site with much of the island protected within Rapa Nui National Park.

Easter Island is extremely small, so it is possible to get around fairly easily. There are rental cars, generally jeeps, available from a few rental agencies in Hanga Roa, as well as a few dirtbikes. With a car, it’s possible to see most of the sites on the island in a few hours. Most hosts will also rent out their jeep to you (at a very competitive rate) if you simply ask. There has been much controversy and confusion concerning the origins of the Easter Islanders. Thor Heyerdahl proposed that the people who built the statues were of Peruvian descent, due to a similarity between Rapa Nui and Incan stonework. Some have suggested that Easter Island is the remnant of a lost continent, or the result of an extra-terrestrial influence. Archaeological evidence, however, indicates discovery of the island by Polynesians at about 400 AD - led, according to legend, by Hotu Matua. Upon their arrival, an impressive and enigmatic culture began to develop. In addition to the statues, the islanders possessed the Rongorongo script; the only written language in Oceania. The island is also home to many petroglyphs (rock carvings), as well as traditional wood carvings, tapa (barkcloth) crafts, tattooing, string figures, dance and music.

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Torres del Paine National Park

This breathtaking national park is located in Chile. Torres del Paine National Park is a national park encompassing mountains, a glacier, a lake, and river-rich areas in southern Chilean Patagonia. The Cordillera del Paine is the centerpiece of the park. It lies in a transition area between the Magellanic subpolar forests and the Patagonian Steppes.

The landscape of the park is dominated by the Paine massif, which is an eastern spur of the Andes located on the east side of the Grey Glacier, rising dramatically above the Patagonian steppe. Small valleys separate the spectacular granite spires and mountains of the massif. These are: Valle del Francés, Valle Bader, Valle Ascencio, and Valle del Silencio.The Southern Patagonian Ice Field mantles a great portion of the park. Glaciers include the Dickson, the Grey, and the Tyndall. Among the lakes are the Dickson Lake, Nordenskjöld Lake, Pehoe Lake, Grey Lake, Sarmiento Lake, and Del Toro Lake. Only a portion of the latter is within the borders of the park. All are vividly colored, most due to rock flour suspended in their waters. The main river flowing through the park is Paine River.

It is a very popular hiking destination in Chile. Hikers can opt for a day trip to see the towers, walk the popular “W” route in about five days, or trek the full circle in 8–9 days. Hikers are not allowed to stray from the paths in the national park. Camping is only allowed at specified campsites and wood fires are prohibited throughout the park. Visiting the park is recommended between late December and late February.

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Patagonia

This is one of those places you should visit before you die. Not visiting Patagonia is really missing out on what this planet has to offer you. Patagonia is a region located at the southern end of South America, territory shared by Argentina and Chile. The region comprises the southern section of the Andes mountains to the southwest towards the Pacific ocean and from the east of the mountain range to the valleys it follows south through Colorado River towards Carmen de Patagones in the Atlantic Ocean. To the west, it includes the territory of Valdivia through Tierra del Fuego archipelago.

Argentine Patagonia is for the most part a region of steppelike plains, rising in a succession of 13 abrupt terraces about 100 meters at a time, and covered with gravel. In the hollows of the plains are ponds or lakes of fresh water. Towards the Andes the gravel gives place to porphyry, granite, and basalt lavas, animal life becomes more abundant and vegetation more luxuriant, acquiring the characteristics of the flora of the western coast. The high rainfall against the western Andes and the low sea surface temperatures offshore give rise to cold and humid air masses, contributing to the ice-fields and glaciers, the largest ice-fields in the Southern hemisphere outside of Antarctica.

Chilean Patagonia begins at the Pacific ocean in Valdivia through río Calle Calle towards the cordillera of the Andes up to its highest peaks. Chilean territory stretches from Valdivia to Cape horn, including the western side of Tierra del fuego island in addition to all of Cape Horn and the Strait of magellan, to the north through the fjords to Chiloe island and Puerto Montt, and including in particular the Archeological site of Monte Verde, Puerto Varas, lake Llanquihue, Frutillar, Osorno and Valdivia.

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