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UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Chile

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Jun 11, 2013


By Cecile Honnorat

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Chile has a lot to offer in terms of beautiful landscapes, culture, and wines. It also holds some amazing UNESCO World Heritage Sites that deserve to be visited. From the city port of Valparaiso to the mysterious Easter Island and the beautiful churches of Chiloé, here are some of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Chile:

The Colonial City of Valparaiso


The colonial city of Valparaíso is the oldest port in Chile and presents an excellent example of the urban and architectural development in Latin America. Today, while it is not the largest port it retains tremendous historical significance as well as being home to the Chilean House of Assembly and Senate. The World Heritage Site is located between the sea and the first terrace, in the area where the city first developed. High above the city, there is a fantastic agglomeration of brightly painted homes. The upper and lower parts of the city are connected with 16 funicular railways (or elevators) constructed around the turn of the century when the city experienced tremendous growth. You can visit this World Heritage Sites with our Santiago, Valparaiso & Wine Tour. On this tour, besides the visit of Valparaiso, you will have the possibility to discover the capital of Chile situated between mountain peaks and the Pacific Ocean. You will see its contrast with the combination of historic and modern buildings. You will also visit some wineries and taste fantastic Chile wines.

The Mysterious Easter Island

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in South America

Rapa Nui, as the locals called it, literally means the Navel of the World. Isolated in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, so far from everyone and everything, it holds a rich history, art, language, and culture. The entire island is today considered as an open-air museum with more than 600 MOAI in different stages of completion, the fascinating Orongo Village with many interesting petroglyphs, and many traditional people’s cave dwellings open to visitors. This island has so many beautiful wonders that you won’t be disappointed. You can learn more about the Mystery of the Easter Island with our Santiago & Easter Island Tour. Besides the visit of the Easter Island, you will have the possibility to visit Santiago – the capital of Chile, the city port of Valparaíso, the beautiful beaches of Viña del Mar, the Garden city – named for its many parks and green spaces. You will also be able to taste excellent wine and salmon dishes.

Famous timber church of Chonchi on ChiloeThe Churches of Chiloé

Chiloé Island, situated in the South of Chile, in the Lakes District, is one of the largest islands in South America. This island holds a rich history with many legends and locals love to share stories of legendary shipwrecks, lost fishermen, and strange monsters. Declared UNESCO World Heritage sites, the churches on the island are made from local alerces wood. They represent a unique example in Latin America of an outstanding form of ecclesiastical wooden architecture. It shows the combination of European and indigenous cultural traditions to building the unique form of wooden architecture that conveys the spiritual values of the communities. You can discover those wonderful churches on our Patagonia Lake Crossing and Carretera Austral Tour where you’ll see many Patagonia highlights. Begin your visit with a Patagonia Lake District cruise that will whisk you through narrow canyons and stunning alpine lakes and allow you to get close to some of South America’s most impressive glaciers. Continue on into the heart of Chilean Patagonia, visiting Puerto Varas, Puerto Montt, Chiloé Island, and finish in Los Glaciares National Park.


Of course, these are only three of the five UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Chile. There are also the Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works and the Sewell Mining Town. You can check out all of our Chile Tours. 

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