SANTIAGO – Chile’s beauty is competing for international recognition in the 2018 World Travel Awards. Also known as the Tourism Awards, voting for the world’s top destinations began in March and will last until August 5.
The 2018 World Travel Awards recognize tourism destinations across the world. In the case of Chile, many marvelous destinations are considered worthy of award, as the country has received nominations in 20 categories. Voting in Latin America remains open until August 5, and the winners will be announced on September 15 as part of a big celebration in Guayaquil, Ecuador.
As a geographically diverse country, Chile can easily compete in different categories. Among the awards Chile has been nominated for are: Leading Adventure Tourism Destination and Leading Tourism Attraction (Atacama Desert). Torres del Paine and Isla de Pascua are also considered important destinations.
Other nominations include Leading Cruise Destination, Leading Culinary Destination, Leading Cultural Destination, Leading Green Destination, Leading Natural Destination, Leading Whale Watching Destination, Leading Youth Travel Destination, and more.
Considered as the driest non-polar desert on Earth, the Atacama Desert offers locals and tourists the chance to take part in breathtaking activities while enjoying astonishing landscapes. Around San Pedro de Atacama, people can visit amazing salt flats, active geysers, and deep blue lagoons. Visiting astronomical observatories are also part of the fascinating activities to do. Water sports are on offer, too, as the northern coast has beautiful sandy beaches, with crystal-clear water and excellent seafood gastronomy.
Stretched over 600 miles along the Pacific coast, the Atacama Desert not only has the most arid features, but also the highest solar radiation level in the world.This radiation enables the Solar Car Race and NASA testing instruments for future Mars missions.
Recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site, Easter Island (Isla de Pascua) represents an important tourist destination. The island hosts natural beauty and the fascinating Rapa Nui culture. The island’s most famous attraction are the huge Moái statues, which keep one of the greatest mysteries in the world: How did the Rapa Nui place the giant hats on the statues?
Easter Island provides tourists the opportunity to take easy drives or short walks across the place to get to know its fascinating history and archeological sites. But if visitors just want to relax, sunny Anakena beach is the place to go. Adventure lovers can experience other activities like diving, surfing, cycling, trekking, horse riding or boat trips.
Nos vamos con nostalgia de la maravillosa Isla de Pascua, cuyo nombre ahora será Isla Rapanui y Pascua. Dimos inicio a la nueva política de regulación de visitantes y al Consejo del Área Marítima Protegida. Todo para preservar esta isla mágica para nuestras futuras generaciones pic.twitter.com/3fieetZB3p
— Sebastian Piñera (@sebastianpinera) August 1, 2018
Torres del Paine
Torres del Paine national park is one of the biggest Chilean national parks. It’s the third most visited in the country, with 75% of visitors coming from abroad, especially Europe. The Patagonian granite pillars provide tourists with the chance to have a look from above, as hiking mountains and valleys is one of the main activities to do. Climbing glaciers, kayaking the Green Glacier, and horse riding are also possible in the park. National Geographic considers Torres del Paine as the fifth most beautiful place on Earth.
Editor-In-Chief Boris van der Spek is the founder of Chile Today. He worked in Colombia, Surinam and the Netherlands as reporter and works with international media during major events, like the social crisis, the elections and the Pope’s visit.